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 →

The year was 1984 and the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” was on the radio.  We were at a toll booth on our way to the airport and all I wanted was to be back at home.  We weren’t on our way to a fabulous holiday vacation or off to see family.  We were catching a plane to Rochester, Minnesota so I could go to the Mayo Clinic and have what turned into the first of dozens of operations I would end up having for Crohn’s disease. My sisters were at home with my grandparents and Christmas was going to wait until Mom andRead More →

There is a ritual in NW Indiana.  It may not be limited to this area but it is definitely something I took notice of 19 years ago when I moved to the area.  I am not sure if I would consider it a good practice or something I look forward to but I know it is going to happen. It happens with a frenzied energy and it almost makes people have tunnel vision.  They can only see one thing….one goal…one purpose….getting to the grocery store before the first big snowstorm. Now this may sound a little dramatic but we live in the infamous snowbelt.  EveryRead More →

I get a lot of emails on my blogs.  A lot of them just think I’m funny or a fan of the recipes but this week I received a very interesting email that put me in an interesting position. The views on Felt Like a Foodie are my own.  The “research” is my own.  With that said, if I give out information that may be confusing, I will say the fault is my own. My past blog on salmon was apparently “off” a little or at least my point of writing it was not represented the way I intended so I would like to clearRead More →

***Please also read the following blogpost for some “corrections.”****** Have I talked about salmon before?  I’m sure I’ve done a recipe or two before but have I talked about how this good for you food is also pretty versatile in recipes?  It has become something I cook almost every other week if not every week.  (I will also confess that I like to put it on my menu when I order from HomeChef because they really have nice quality proteins.) First, the health benefits.  Wild Salmon (note….I said Wild not farmed) is filled with good vitamins (like B12 and Vitamin D), minerals and Omega 3’s. Read More →

Do you ever look at a menu’s specials of the day and want to scream?  I don’t mean “literally” scream, more of a “you’ve got to be kidding me” scream.  I’m hoping you say yes or I might need to start looking at anger management.  (I’d trade spaghetti sauce for some good therapy.) I bring this up because I noticed the other day that it took all my self-control to not comment online to a certain restaurant’s “specials.”  They list the same ones almost EVERY week online and in the restaurant!!  At first, I thought I saw some variance…yep…the date changed.  And then I thoughtRead More →

The week of Thanksgiving….the week that is supposed to be dedicated to food…the week where I really don’t have much to do in the kitchen?  Whaaaat?  Thanksgiving is my husband’s family’s holiday.  I have yet to offer up my house as the destination because in 19 years of marriage….because honestly….it has never been my favorite holiday. I guess I haven’t been a fan of the mandated food requirements or the stress of timing it all.  My fondest memories are of those as a kid at my grandparent’s or aunt/uncle’s homes.  (Or the year my sister made a cranberry shoot out her nose….that was probably myRead More →