Comfort food.  We all have our own favorites.  The things that make us smile and fulfill our souls when we are the emptiest.  The thought of these dishes can erase the worries of a hard day.  They warm us from the inside out and our life wouldn’t be the same without them. I think when you are married for a longer period of time, you become like a comfort food to your spouse.  It may not be the most romantic way to phrase it but there is nothing people like more than comfort food and there is no one I like more than my husband.Read More →

Today will be my last preview of Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week but luckily it won’t be your last chance to make reservations during  February 23-March 4 (Click here for participating restaurants.)  For me it is like counting the medals for each country as I remember all the different courses I devoured.  (For the record I stopped counting after my 5th appetizer, 7th entree and 3rd dessert) My last Winter Olympic event occurred at Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine (555 Mall Drive Schaumburg, IL) and I will say with all honesty it was probably as life changing as an Olympian performing in their first ski event. Imagine theRead More →

Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week preview continues today and if you read my Monday post on Birch River Grill, you will know that I’m trying to give an Olympic Spin to this year’s event.  (Remember to check out the menus and make some reservations during February 23-March 4 Click here for participating restaurants.) Speaking of spin, throughout the Winter Olympics there isn’t a sport that is more popular than figure skating.  I thought of this a lot during my preview week after I went to Cooper’s Hawk Winery ( 798 W Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights, IL).  From the minute you walk into the restaurant, you areRead More →

Are you ready?  Do feel like your own personal torch is lit and you are running gleefully as the world watches?  Is this the one event you’ve been waiting for all winter?  No, I’m not talking about the 2018 Olympics…I’m talking about Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week coming up on February 23-March 4.  (I’m giving you a heads up early this year so you can get your reservations in and peruse the menus at your leisure.) To me Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week is a lot like the Olympics….it is a huge event and there is a lot to cover.  (If you’ve never heard of a RestaurantRead More →

Every year the same discussions occur this time of year during the Super Bowl.  I hope it is a good game or that the commercials make sense.  Will the half time show make you stay in your seat or will you take that opportunity to run to the bathroom?  Is the game worth they hype or is it just something you watched because you thought you’d miss something? I think all of those talking points can also be about Super Bowl food.  You want it to be good and worth your time.  You hope your munchies are fantastic and you don’t want to skip aRead More →

It is award season (if you are a fan of TV and movies) and Super Bowl time (if you like sports) which means only one thing….time to make snack foods. I, personally, don’t entertain much but I still like to have a couple of awesome snacks up my sleeve in case we have to go somewhere.  (I sometimes have snacks up my sleeve when I go to the movies too but I’m not sure I should discuss that.) The hard thing is when you ask your hosts “what would you like me to bring” it usually becomes a volley of suggestions. Me: “How about aRead More →

Are you reading for some learnin’?  One of my many realizations in the past year was that I still need to make more steps forward in learning about other cuisines. I had this epiphany when watching Jeopardy and a food category came up.  I was sure I would get them all right but I didn’t….I only got one correct and it was the $200 Answer.  I was quite embarrassed with myself and so glad I wasn’t standing behind the podium.  (Because I will say that I mock those people who are in a vocation and then get the questions wrong in their vocation.) Just becauseRead More →

During our single digit days of winter, I had an obsession.  It wasn’t anything too perverse or weird at least by my standards.  It was something that made me excited about the new year and trying new things.  (I can see how your mind is wandering.) I was preoccupied with following Steve Dolinsky’s Facebook and Twitter Feed.  If you don’t know Steve Dolinksy, he does an amazing job of exploring the food universe on a segment called the Hungry Hound on ABC in Chicago.  But he is much more than a Chicago food explorer, he travels and does an amazing job of explaining new foodsRead More →

Dear Dad, I’m sorry you died yesterday.  I am glad it was peaceful and that you were home in your chair watching TV.  I hope you weren’t scared and that your mind was at rest. I wish I could have told you all of this earlier and I wish we would have had a different relationship.  You know the kind you see on TV with little girls dancing on their dad’s feet or a Dad walking his daughter down the aisle.  I do know you loved me but you kept me at a distance because you lived in fear of losing me.  Neither of usRead More →

Hooray!  I survived Christmas….sort of.  I kind of did something this year that put a wrench in my life the last couple months….I got a puppy.  Her name is Scout and we brought her home a week before Thanksgiving when she was 9 weeks old. The big secret was that I had been courting her since she was 5 weeks.  I met a fantastic woman with beautiful dogs this summer.  I told her I “may” be interested in a puppy at some point.  Long story short, some point came a little faster than expected and I was asked if I wanted to adopt a sableRead More →