As promised earlier this year, I was going to try to be better at putting up my recipes BEFORE holiday celebrations are over.  So when I looked at my calendar and saw that May was around the corner, I knew I had better start thinking about a couple of recipes for Cinco de Mayo. Contrary to what many people believe, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.  (It also has nothing to do with mayonnaise for those of you who flunked high school Spanish.)  The 5th of May commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-MexicanRead More →

One of the most challenging parts about cooking in a small town is staying “authentic” in ethnic recipes.  It may be something you grew up eating or a flavor you only tried once but trying to recreate it with limited resources may be just enough of a hitch to keep you from attempting the creation at home. I have had this battle with one of my favorite Korean dishes for years.    The dish is called “Bibimbap” and it is considered one of Korea’s iconic dishes.  I have not attempted it at home because I hold my first taste of it so dear to my heartRead More →

As someone who loves to spend time in the kitchen, I am always challenging myself to learn new techniques or to finesse some old ones.  So when I found out that RA Sushi in Lombard, Illinois was offering a Sushi 102 class, I was ecstatic at the thought of learning a few new tricks.  (And eating some sushi!) A compliment to their already successful Sushi & Sake 101 class, Sushi 102 is the class to take when you want to master sushi making techniques, etiquette and learn some neat sake pairings.  (And eat sushi!) Now I hadn’t taken the Sushi 101 at RA but luckilyRead More →

When a gal gets married, there are a lot of wonderful benefits that come along with the husband.  You have a partner.  You have a friend.  You have in-laws!!!!!! In-laws, the little secret no one warns you about before you marry.  (I did warn one of my brother in laws but he didn’t listen to me).  It is another entire family that you will be required to love no matter how they act.  They in turn are required to love you and include you in their group.  (I’m not speaking from experience because everyone knows my in-laws are perfect!) Along with your immediate in-laws (father,Read More →

Everyone has at least one obsession.  The obsession can bring you together with a diverse group of people with only one thing in common.  It brings joy to you like no other commodity and you will all talk about it whenever you get the chance. So when I heard that there was something called Baconfest in Chicago, I just had to go.  I love bacon and I wanted to be surrounded by my other bacon lovin’ soul mates. Started in 2008, Baconfest was born from the pork loins or I should say pork belly’s of Michael Griggs, Andre “Vonbaconvitch” Pluess, and Seth Zurer. Three guysRead More →

Hunger.  It is not a feeling many of us have really felt.  We may miss a meal because we are busy.  But how many people really experience hunger? I am fortunate because my hunger pains never last more than a few hours.  I have the luxury of eating every day and take it for granted. Sadly, I am learning that there are too many people in this country who still go to bed hungry.  They wonder where their next meal is coming from or how to feed their children. As I put together a bag of canned food to donate at Baconfest on Saturday, IRead More →

I am not an expert in everything.  I mean, I wouldn’t call me for a geography or a history lesson (unless I can use a reference from 1970’s television).    My knowledge on politics or current events is limited and admittedly ignorant.  And I don’t expect people to come to me for advice on exercise (I should but don’t) or nutrition (a support group should be started because of my addiction to bacon and carbs).  I DO know food and what tastes good Like most people, I am always trying to improve and educate myself.  So in the last few years, there has been a surge in peopleRead More →

It is springtime, which means a lot of things to different people.  I love seeing the green growing on the trees and the early buds of a flower’s first bloom.  It is also the time of year when people celebrate Easter and Passover.  (FYI:  My birthday is also in the spring and there are only four more shopping days left.) And let’s face it, our grocery stores are really set up for Easter and like a lot of other holidays, Passover, is overlooked.   (You could even say it was “passed over” but let’s not go for the obvious pun.) I thought that even if myRead More →

Over the past year, I have shared a lot of stories with you.  (By stories, I mean my issues that my therapist says I need to let go.)  One of my favorite stories is about dying Easter eggs with my sisters. Every year, my mom would hard boil a bunch of eggs, break out the Paas kit, and set us kids up at the kitchen table.  Our excitement levels would gain momentum, as Mom would divvy up the eggs between the three of us. The first five minutes of egg dying were the best.  I’d take my little metal dipper thingy and slowly dunk myRead More →