The more I write about food, the more I realize there is so much history behind even the most simple foods.  Today’s example will be granola. When I hear “granola” I think of the hippies in the sixties.  They were not mainstream people so they rejected the meat and potatoes that they grew up eating.  They were going to rebel and eat nuts and oats.  (Or they were trying to find a healthy way to fill their bellies after they get a bout of the munchies?) Granola had a great shelf life so it was a wonderful travel food to store in the VW vansRead More →

Veal Oscar, Academy Awards Dinner

I’d like to thank the academy for this opportunity to write about the Oscar’s on my blog.  A foodblog isn’t a place you would normally go to read about movies and today is no different! I am not a huge “moviegoer”.  Sitting multiple hours in those uncomfortable seats really makes me antsy.  I inhale popcorn at a superfast rate and drink more soda than I’d ever consider drinking in a week!  (Seriously, do the cups need to be that big?)  Plus no one is willing to put the movie on pause for my potty breaks! I do watch the Oscars every year even though IRead More →

As much as I have been enjoying my “Foodie Fun Days,” I will have to admit that I miss personal time cooking in my own kitchen. (My husband is missing it too.).  I am having a challenge keeping up with seasonality and miscellaneous holidays.  (Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Spay Your Dog Day, Etc.) For example, how did I miss Mardi Gras and all the of the wonderful foods that New Orleans represents.  I didn’t make one gumbo or jambalaya.  I didn’t labor over the perfect dark roux.  And I didn’t get to enjoy the aromatic goodness of the trinity of celery, bell pepper and onionRead More →

What does it mean when something is described as “magnificent?”  When I hear that particular adjective I think of something that is impressive, amazing, sensational and even breathtaking. These would all be words that I could use for iconic basketball player Michael Jordan but they would also be synonymous with Michael Jordan’s Steak House in downtown Chicago. Located on the suitably named Magnificent Mile (505 N. Michigan Ave.), it is far from a sports bar or ordinary steak house.  Michael Jordan’s Steak House has the elegance, refinement and warmth that you would expect from a beloved sports hero of his stature. The very entrance ofRead More →

EGG-citing!  EGG-traordinary!  EGGS-hilerating!  EGG-ceptional!  Can you guess what I want to talk about today?  Yep, EGGS!  (I didn’t want to keep cracking you over the head with my puns.) Once a month or so, I get to have one of the best days ever with my girlfriends, Egg Day!  The tradition started after our last high school reunion.  We decided that we wanted to see each other more than every so many years.  (Note:  I am leaving out an actual number so I don’t give away their ages.  Oh wait, we are the same age.) I’m not sure which one of us suggested it butRead More →

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day.  My favorite way to show the love I have for my husband is by slipping on the sexiest thing in my wardrobe…my apron!  (He will disagree with that statement.) I am one of those women who believe that food is love and the most direct route to a man’s heart.  (Once again, my husband may disagree about the directness of this route.) On my path to my husband’s heart, I have learned a lot of things.  One of my favorite qualities about him is that he is an adventurous eater.  Earl has his favorite foods but heRead More →

“How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.”  I am not sure what kind of love Elizabeth Barrett Browning was talking about but if it were about food she would have counted 157.  Bistro 157 (157 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana) to be exact! Chef (and owner) Nicole Bissonnette’s passion for Bistro 157 is pure poetry.  There is her devoted presence in every aspect of the restaurant. Her gracious staff  highlights the warmth in the atmosphere. (Hi Marlene!) And like a perfect poem each dish she creates exemplifies Chef Bissonnette’s love and devotion to food. Oh did I say food? The best way to describe the flavorsRead More →

“You should start a blog.”  It was that one sentence that my husband said to me a year ago that made me start writing Felt Like a Foodie.  The support I have received from friends, family and serious foodies has been overwhelming and humbling.  Thank you for making my first year as a small town food “blogger” so amazing! One of my goals for year number two is to think talk about holidays or food events BEFORE they happen.  With that said, let’s talk about Valentine’s Day!!  Living in a small town, we don’t have as many “special” occasion restaurants as people do in theRead More →

Are you ready for some football?  (Um, not really.)  Super Bowl XLVI will be played on February 5 in Indianapolis Indiana.  It should be a great game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots given the amazing season both teams had this year.  (Okay, I have no clue how their year went but I assume it was good since they made it to the Super Bowl!) Since I am a food blogger and not a sports blogger, I had to think of a way to make an interesting Super Bowl post today without sounding like a complete idiot.  (Or is it tooRead More →