A thanksgiving foodie recipe for gravy

Choo!  Choo!  All aboard for the gravy train!!!  Thanksgiving is in less than two weeks and there is one thing I demand be made by scratch and that is the gravy!!  It is one of the easiest things to make and one of the tastiest!  It can revive a dry turkey, enrich the flavorless potatoes, and hide that weird mystery dish covered in Ritz crackers your Aunt Thelma brought.  (And no, Aunt Thelma isn’t just a fake name for one of my aunts.  It is the fake name for my mother in law! )  The first stop for the gravy train is your roasting pan. Read More →

In the midst of all my foodie fun, I have got to talk more about my imaginary Thanksgiving dinner.  Let’s face it; the turkey is the star of the show but what about the supporting cast of characters?  You know who they are….the side dishes. The side dishes don’t get enough credit for the role they play in Thanksgiving dinner.  Do you ever see an inflatable bowl of mashed potatoes in the Macy’s parade?  NOPE.  How about a Thanksgiving card featuring the sweet potatoes with marshmallows? NOPE.  But let’s get real here, who goes to dinner and fills up on Turkey?  Not me.  All thatRead More →

The Alliance Francais de Chicago

Well I had a wonderful day on Saturday.  What did I do, you ask?  I had the opportunity to take a macaron class at the Alliance Française de Chicago.  Macaron?  Alliance Française de Chicago?  What am I talking about? I didn’t know either of these things existed either until I received an email late last week.  One of my cooking chums, Randy, sent me a note asking if I wanted to take a class on Saturday.  Not just any cooking class, a class about macarons. I think it took me about two emails to realize I was spelling it the “English” way…macaroon.  (The English macaroonRead More →

A foodie recipe for an easy Thanksgiving appetizer (quesadilla) which consists of apple, brie and prosciutto.

Happy November!!  I want to dedicate this month’s posts to the all-time Foodie holiday….Thanksgiving!!! The hardest part of the holiday for me is the emphasis on a big meal.   I am a grazer and I like to eat all day.  Sitting down to a big meal and calling it quits just doesn’t work for me.  Unfortunately, I am not the usual holiday hostess so I don’t really get to control the day’s feast.  (My mother-in-law is our hostess and she just hates my cooking.  Just kidding, she just hates ME!  Just kidding, again, I think) So in my Thanksgiving posts, I am going to talkRead More →

DING-DONG!  Trick or Treat?  DING DONG!  Trick or Treat?  DING DONG!  Trick or Treat?  This is the sound of my what my house will sound like on Monday night.  We are fortunate to live in a neighborhood full of darling trick or treaters.  (Okay, not all of them are darling.  Example:  Two “hoochie” girls who showed up last year in less clothes than I wore on my wedding night!) My husband and I love handing out candy every year.  We don’t do it like most houses.   We make the kids answer a question about something relevant to their grade or current events.  (This year IRead More →

A foodie recipe for making an easy Thanksgiving Pumpkin cheesecake dessert.

Forgive me Readers, for I have sinned.  It has been one year since I made a graham cracker crust from scratch.  I’ve become dependant on the easy crusts you can buy the in the baking section.  Well, this weekend I was punished for my transgression for I not only didn’t go for homemade, I went cheap! I was preparing for company and wanted to prepare a yummy but simple seasonal dessert.  Immediately, I thought of pumpkin cheesecake.  The store I shopped at didn’t have my usual “cheater” crust so I just bought the one that they had on the shelf and didn’t give it secondRead More →

Half-time snack, jalepeno poppers, football

Are you ready for some football?  (Um, not really.) Whether you like college football or are a fan of the NFL this is probably one of your favorite times of year.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m not the biggest sports fan. I have nothing against football, personally, I just don’t get it.  When my husband is watching it, I drive him absolutely nuts with questions.  He’ll shout at the television and I’ll inquire about the referee’s call.  He’ll tell me some term like “offside’s” or “pass interference” and then I am lost. I mean the first time he screamed about a “deadRead More →

I get a fair amount of emails from people making “requests.” Some of them are even about food!  (You know who you are!)  I make a list of people’s interests and hope eventually I can make everyone happy.  (Once again, I am ONLY speaking about food-related happiness.) A couple of week’s ago, I received a request from a friend of my studly brother-in-law.  (Seriously, Shaggy is quite studly!)  His friend, Kevin, asked if I would be doing any white chili recipes to help welcome in the cooler weather. I was a bit frazzled at this request because the picky girl in me has never beenRead More →

Have you ever experienced being part of a wave in Soldier’s Field during a Bears game?  How about watching the waves on Lake Michigan crash upon the shore?  What about dining on a fantastic lunch at WAVE restaurant on Lake Shore Drive? All three events have one thing in common; once you experience it you will want to do it over and over again. Wait…you are not familiar with WAVE at the W in Chicago?  Let me tell you about my foodie fun day this week. WAVE is a hip-modern restaurant located in the W Hotel on Lake Shore Drive.  I normally would have beenRead More →

For whatever reason, I’ve had a really hard time focusing my thoughts today.  Actually, to say I’ve had thoughts is an exaggeration; my mind has been blank.  I just feel so dull. Dull, you say?  Yep, like I have no personality.  Whoops, there I go again, living the life of a Brady Bunch character.  (Cue Intro Music) In this case, I’m Peter Brady from Season 3.  (The fact that I know it is from Season 3 is not pathetic, is it?) One of the top Brady lines ever came from the episode called “Personality Kid.”  Peter is called “dull” at a party and at his father’sRead More →