There is a ritual in NW Indiana.  It may not be limited to this area but it is definitely something I took notice of 19 years ago when I moved to the area.  I am not sure if I would consider it a good practice or something I look forward to but I know it is going to happen. It happens with a frenzied energy and it almost makes people have tunnel vision.  They can only see one thing….one goal…one purpose….getting to the grocery store before the first big snowstorm. Now this may sound a little dramatic but we live in the infamous snowbelt.  EveryRead More →

I get a lot of emails on my blogs.  A lot of them just think I’m funny or a fan of the recipes but this week I received a very interesting email that put me in an interesting position. The views on Felt Like a Foodie are my own.  The “research” is my own.  With that said, if I give out information that may be confusing, I will say the fault is my own. My past blog on salmon was apparently “off” a little or at least my point of writing it was not represented the way I intended so I would like to clearRead More →

***Please also read the following blogpost for some “corrections.”****** Have I talked about salmon before?  I’m sure I’ve done a recipe or two before but have I talked about how this good for you food is also pretty versatile in recipes?  It has become something I cook almost every other week if not every week.  (I will also confess that I like to put it on my menu when I order from HomeChef because they really have nice quality proteins.) First, the health benefits.  Wild Salmon (note….I said Wild not farmed) is filled with good vitamins (like B12 and Vitamin D), minerals and Omega 3’s. Read More →

Do you ever look at a menu’s specials of the day and want to scream?  I don’t mean “literally” scream, more of a “you’ve got to be kidding me” scream.  I’m hoping you say yes or I might need to start looking at anger management.  (I’d trade spaghetti sauce for some good therapy.) I bring this up because I noticed the other day that it took all my self-control to not comment online to a certain restaurant’s “specials.”  They list the same ones almost EVERY week online and in the restaurant!!  At first, I thought I saw some variance…yep…the date changed.  And then I thoughtRead More →

The week of Thanksgiving….the week that is supposed to be dedicated to food…the week where I really don’t have much to do in the kitchen?  Whaaaat?  Thanksgiving is my husband’s family’s holiday.  I have yet to offer up my house as the destination because in 19 years of marriage….because honestly….it has never been my favorite holiday. I guess I haven’t been a fan of the mandated food requirements or the stress of timing it all.  My fondest memories are of those as a kid at my grandparent’s or aunt/uncle’s homes.  (Or the year my sister made a cranberry shoot out her nose….that was probably myRead More →

Cinnamon.  Ranch Dressing.  Cajun Seasoning.  Dill Weed.  Mayonnaise. Garlic. Don’t worry that isn’t a shopping list for today’s recipe, it was the answer to a question I asked some friends…” What is a guilty pleasure ingredient you abundantly add to a dish when you are eating alone?” For me, it is lemon pepper.  (You know the Lawry’s bottle with the yellow top in the pantry.)  It isn’t that I feel it is an authentic taste of fresh lemons and the bite of fresh cracked pepper…it is that particular mix that I like.  The flavor is kind of sour but then there is a mix ofRead More →

Happy. Happy.  Joy. Joy.  I love when I have moments in life where I utter those words. I try to find a happy, happy, joy, joy moment every day.  It could be when a friend shares good news or when something happens wonderful at work for my husband.  It can be when a restaurant serves you an amazing steak or treating yourself to a cappuccino after a long shopping trip.  It can be a happy ending in a movie or any other kind of happy ending. (Wink. Wink.) I was in the kitchen the other day and had the best happy, happy, joy, joy moment. Read More →

Happy Friday.  It is hard to believe it was just last week that I went to Schaumburg, IL to try some new favorite restaurants as part of a super-preview of Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant week. (Check back on their website soon to see the participating restaurants.)  I’ll remind you again that the dates are February 23, 2018-March 4, 2018 so you can make sure you plan a trip to the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. The final restaurant for this Foodie Fun Day was Chicago Prime Italian (1370 Bank Drive, Schaumburg, IL).  If you are thinking the name is awfully familiar to my last post, it isn’tRead More →

My Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant week (did you remember to mark your calendar for February 23, 2018-March 4, 2018) foodie fun day super-preview continued with a magnificent dinner at Chicago Prime Steakhouse (1444 Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, IL). As I was starting to write this post the one word that kept popping into my head was “WOW.”  It was the word I repeated over and over after I finished my meal.  Does that have you intrigued…..well keep reading……. Chicago Prime Steakhouse is the destination for every occasion.  If you want an intimate dinner with your sweetie in the main dining room, a little after work relaxationRead More →

Can you believe it is already the end of October?  It seems like it was just yesterday that I was in Schaumburg, Illinois to help you find some new favorite restaurants during the Meet Chicago Northwest Restaurant week.  (Mark your calendar for February 23, 2018-March 4, 2018 and start your planning for next year’s event!) I had so much fun that we (the great folks at Meet Chicago Northwest and myself) wanted to share a few more restaurants this week. With the weather starting to chill off, what is the first thing you do?  (Besides curse the weatherman).  If you are like me, I giveRead More →