“She’s my cherry pie Put a smile on your face Ten miles wide Looks so good Bring a tear to your eye Sweet cherry pie” Do you remember those lyrics from 1990 by the band Warrant? I have had the song in my head ever since the June Bon Appetit arrived in my mailbox. I immediately thought “I’ll have so much fun writing a post that ties the song to the recipe.” Won’t that be cute? Now I am not prudish by any means but I did rewatch the video. It is a little naughty (probably not naughty in today’s standard by any means) butRead More →

Can you remember the year you first tried a particular food or condiment? Did it make you so happy that each time you think of that first taste you are taken back in a taste bud time machine? I have that relationship with Colman’s Mustard. I was 27 years old in London on a business trip. I woke up in the middle of the night with a kidney stone and my hotel had to call an ambulance. (Stay with me here…it gets happier.) I stayed at the hospital overnight but was told I need to take it easy for a couple of days. I wasRead More →

What do you get when you add the following: 1 big paella pan x 8 talented chefs + 4 celebrity Judges? You get 1 happy foodie!!!! (I love new math!) Monday night (June 23, 2014), I had the pleasure of attending Mercat a la Planxa’s First Annual Paella Cook-off. Far from an elementary feat, Chicago Gourmet 2014  (Tickets on sale NOW) paired up with Iron Chef Jose Garces to create a quintessential cook-off with eight of Chicago’s most creative and daring chefs. (Or maybe darling chefs…they were all super nice.) Jess De Guzman, Sunda New Asian Kevin Hickey, Bottlefork Bar & Kitchen Brian Jupiter, Frontier JonRead More →

One of the best parts of my “cheese”cation was the obvious…. tasting the cheese. Each time we stopped at a creamery, there would be something to try. What made it even better (if 3 days of eating cheese wasn’t good enough) was the fact that I was surrounded by sooooo many experts. As mentioned in Friday’s post, the folks at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Fortune Fish & Gourmet invited me on this trip. (Fortune Fish takes pride in educating themselves in all the products it distributes in the Midwest…including their HUGE gourmet food division.)  The nice part was that we were all thereRead More →

I was reminded about the nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffet. She was the gal who sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey. My version of that nursery rhyme would have gone something like this: Little Miss Foodie sat on her booty Learning about curds and whey. Rode on bus without a lot of fuss And enjoyed the cheese of Wisconsin, USA. This past week  Fortune Fish & Gourmet invited me to join them with some of Chicago’s finest chefs and cheese mongers on a 3 day Wisconsin Dairy Industry Tour. The great folks at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board did an amazingRead More →

One of my favorite things to do with friends is catch up over lunch or coffee.   Our conversations usually cover the usually topics of hubbys, kids (theirs) and food (mine). The other day during one of these wonderful catch up sessions, we started talking about things to put on a burger. (Yep, we are that exciting!) The banter sort of went like this… Me: Grilled onions Friend: Ketchup Me: Cheese Friend: Lettuce Me: Tzatziki Friend: Gesundheit Me: No, Tzatziki. Friend: Bless you. Do you have allergies? Me: NO, I am talking bout tzatziki sauce. Friend: Never heard of it. Me: Here let me tell you….Read More →

I like the word approachable. If you look up the word in a thesaurus you will see synonyms like “friendly”, “welcoming”, “pleasant”, “cordial” and “inviting.” These are also words I feel each time I walk into Sunda in Chicago. Part of Rockit Ranch Productions, Sunda is a superstar when it comes to showcasing both Eastern Asian and Southeast Asian regional cuisine. Executive Chef Jess DeGuzman has found a way to balance making dishes delicious and “approachable” for those of us trying new foods. It is this balance of an “approachable” menu and welcoming atmosphere that makes Sunda a great venue for a private event suchRead More →

There are a lot of reasons why I especially love this time of year. Part of the reason is the warming weather and the gorgeous, glowing sun. It is the greenness of the trees and the clearness of the blue sky. Mostly it is because 17 years ago I fell in love with my husband during the first few weeks of June. We started dating shortly after Memorial Day and every bit of summertime gives me memories of the excitement of being head over heels about one guy. Before I met Earl, boys were like bananas…better in bunches. Our first weeks of dating were aRead More →

I am not one to brag (if you are a regular reader you know I love to brag….humor me) but I have a lot of friends. When you live in a small town for 16 years, you meet a lot of people and inadvertently become friends. Now I’m not saying these are ALL friends who I call and share my private thoughts or meet for lunch. These are the kinds of friends that you have met from other bosom buddies and you bump into them all the time. These extra friends see you at places like the grocery store or at your favorite local restaurant.Read More →

Do you ever have crazy moments where you think the world revolves around you? Okay, maybe not the entire world but maybe certain things revolve around you like your family, job or friends. You have deranged moments thinking that actions of others are directly aimed at you even though every bit of your common sense KNOWS it isn’t true. I am starting to feel that way about my New Year’s Resolution of cooking every Bon Appétit cover. The May issue threw me for a loop. Why you ask?   Because there was nothing to cook on the cover!!!!!!! I opened my mailbox last month and wasRead More →