What is embarrassing to you? Is it that moment you look in the mirror and see a piece of spinach stuck in your teeth?  Is it when you stumble over your own steps and walk into a wall? (This happens to me more than I’d like to admit.)  Could it be when you are in the middle of a sentence and a burp gurgles its way out of your mouth? In the grand scheme of things, people aren’t going to remember you for those moments.  It’ll stick in your mind longer than anyone else and hopefully you can look back at that time and laugh.   Kind of like the timeRead More →

I’ve been making an effort to menu plan a little better this year.  (I also need to pencil in some blog planning time because it seems like the weeks are flying by before I can get another one up.) I was noticing that I was struggling to come up with new exciting meals each week just because the exhaustion of each day would overcome me by dinner time.  (Maybe exhaustion is too dramatic of a description…fatigue…worn out..maybe even burnt out.) I’m not crazy enough to dictate what we are going to eat each night but I am making sure that I have two good meals planned withRead More →

Happy New Year.  Last year went too quickly and I was so preoccupied with puppy training.  I felt like I was reading more about dogs than I was about food and didn’t feel motivated to cook let alone eat.  I won’t go into the nitty gritty details because I feel so happy now with Scout but trust me…that puppy brought out some ugly moments in this house. Speaking of ugly (yep…my awkward segues are back), have you ever used a celery root?  Despite the name, it technically isn’t the root of our favorite peanut butter delivery vessel.  Celery root (or celeriac) is an uuugggggly knobRead More →

Food.  There is something magical about how food connects people. So much of Felt Like a Foodie has been based on moments where food bonded me to places, events and people. The significance of that time may not be apparent as it occurs but it definitely will conjure a memory the next time I consume that particular food. This past Friday, I was asked to join a “studio audience” at The Chopping Block when they were filming multiple LIVE spots on WGN’s Around Town.  (Emmy award winning entertainment reporter Dean Richards was our awesome host with the most subbing in for the vacationing Ana Belaval.) TheRead More →

Do you get distracted easily?  Do you look at your phone every time it lights up?  Do you stop in midsentence when you suddenly remember something?  Do you see a hawk in the sky when you are driving and veer a little off the road?  It doesn’t take much for me but I get distracted. One of my biggest distractions is when I’m eating a meal that I really like.  It doesn’t matter what conversation is happening in front of me, I am dissecting the dish in my mind.  You could be telling me your darkest secrets and my head is diverted into wondering ifRead More →

Blogging is fun.  You get a captive audience that can hear your voice as you write out the thoughts that trickle out of your head.  It is venue to talk about current events (as long as it has nothing to do with politics, religion or parenting).  It also helps you keep in tune with trends when you feel the least in touch. The problem is when you are a blogger and you can’t get your blog up! Now this sounds like something you should be able to take a little blue pill and make it all better.  My problem is that I feel like IRead More →

There are lot of different excuses to love this time of year.  Whether you get excited about the upcoming holidays or cherish the sight of a light layer of snow, the transition from fall to winter is a fabulous time in the Midwest. I enjoy every part of this season from bundling up in cozy sweaters, listening to the wind blow and, of course, eating comfort food! One of my favorite meals to eat when it is brisk outside is a good Sunday brunch.  Brunch allows you the luxury of a little more cuddle time in bed without the worry of having to get somewhereRead More →

The doors open and greetings commence.  Whether it is a boisterous hello, a firm handshake or maybe pulling each other in for a hug, it says a lot about an experience if you feel welcome the minute you cross the threshold.  (Think of the feeling you have/had each time you went to you grandma’s house during the holidays.) As I sat this week waiting for the rest of my party to arrive at Nonnina (340 N. Clark, Chicago, IL), I watched the staff address each guest. It seemed they knew everyone and those they didn’t know were welcomed like they were old friends.  There was an energyRead More →

When I grocery shop and menu plan each week, I make a conscious effort to think of something “blogworthy” to cook during the week.  It can be anything from a new ingredient, a specific vegetable in season or even an old favorite. I visualize what story I want to tell with the recipe or how I might want to plate the dish so it looks good in a picture. This week I had it all set….I was going to write about little “pressed” potato cups…and then I realized….I wrote about potatoes LAST WEEK.  Can I write about potatoes two weeks in a row?  Are potatoes thatRead More →

Do you ever read something and feel as the words process through your brain that your life is about to change?  Maybe you received a letter of acceptance from your first-choice college or it is an email offering you an amazing job.  It could be a book that touches your soul or dare I say it might be a blog from a middle-aged housewife living in Northwest Indiana. The other day I read an article posted from Bon Appétitonline about “mindful eating.”  (You can read the whole article here.)  If you don’t know a lot about mindful eating, you are not alone.  After I read thatRead More →