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 →

Who do you love? I kept hearing the chorus of this rock n’ roll classic over and over in my head on from last Saturday and Sunday at the 11thannual BON APPÉTIT Presents Chicago Gourmet.  (A little fun fact….did you know Bo Diddley wrote “Who do you love” in the 1950’s?) Walking around this year’s event in Millennium Park, guests weren’t only excited about eating (my food favorites were written about earlier this week) but there is a “groupie” kind of mentality of getting to meet some of your favorite chefs who you love face to face. Whether you were searching for chefs seen onRead More →

I can’t say I’m a “Party like a rock star” kind of gal but I felt that way this morning after spending the weekend enjoying the 11thannual Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet. Taking place in Chicago’s very own Millennium Park September 29-30, the stage was set for an epic weekend where chefs were the rock stars and the food topped the charts. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, this year’s theme was “Rock the Fork”.  Chicago Gourmet had multiple “rockin’ events leading up to the big weekend with an Italian feast on the Symphony Center Stage, Blues, Booze & Bites at River Roast, aRead More →