Happy New Year.  Last year went too quickly and I was so preoccupied with puppy training.  I felt like I was reading more about dogs than I was about food and didn’t feel motivated to cook let alone eat.  I won’t go into the nitty gritty details because I feel so happy now with Scout but trust me…that puppy brought out some ugly moments in this house. Speaking of ugly (yep…my awkward segues are back), have you ever used a celery root?  Despite the name, it technically isn’t the root of our favorite peanut butter delivery vessel.  Celery root (or celeriac) is an uuugggggly knobRead More →

Do you ever eat something and then become obsessed?  Maybe you go eat it multiple times.  Maybe you use the google to find out recipes or restaurants that you can find it at.  Maybe you dream about it and wake up with your pillow in your mouth.  (My husband wakes up that way sometimes…..but it is because I try to smother him in his sleep…wait…I shouldn’t admit to that…this isn’t admissible…is it?  It is a blog…there is no truth in blogs…remember that, Judge…I mean, readers.) I’ve had a couple of things that I’m obsessed with but know I can’t write about them EVERY week.  (IRead More →

It is always funny to me the things people email me about after reading Felt Like a Foodie. I am reminded of grammar mistakes, spelling errors and incomplete sentences. I will be told about hanging participles (do you see a dermatologist for those?), improper apostrophe use and metaphor maladies. I appreciate the editing help and feel like you all make me the bestest writer in the world. (I just wrote bestest to make some people I know cringe!) Folks also like to comment on my pictures. There are details in my photos that I completely overlook like a crumb on a plate or a smudgeRead More →

Do you ever get too old to look for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? The arch of the colors make you smile and almost hypnotically start to daydream. I think that is the feeling I now get when I see anything to do with cheese from Wisconsin. My cheese-cation last month was like a rainbow filled with colorful new things that made me smile. And believe it or not, I did find a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow…Wausome Wafers. Well….maybe pot of gold is a bit of exaggeration but they are golden in color and IRead 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 →

My earliest memory of making homemade bread can go back to my teen years.  (Technically, when Beauty and the Beast was released I was no longer a teen.   I was a late bloomer so my creative license is allowed.)   We (my mom and sisters.) went to Disney World and ate at a restaurant called The Land Grille Room.  It was a cool revolving restaurant in the Land Pavilion at Epcot Center.  My family was  lucky enough to be seated at one of their expansive booths that gave us the best view of the exhibit as the restaurant rotated.  (It is now called the GardenRead More →

One of my biggest challenges as a foodie is knowing my audience. I’m not talking about an audience like when I used to line up my stuffed animals and do stand up in front of them.  (Betty Teddy never got my jokes.)  I’m talking about making the right food for the people who will be eating it. We were invited to a New Year’s Eve party this year with a newer group of our friends.  Everyone was to bring some food and I was so excited to show off my mad skills.  (Actually my “mad” skills were shown off earlier in the day when IRead More →

Of all the Mother Sauces, Tomato sauce is the one people are most familiar with eating or cooking.  I could even dare to say it is the mother of all Mother Sauces.  I have never met a person who doesn’t like tomato sauce. The tomato sauce is probably the only mother sauce that can be made with a minimum of 3 ingredients.  You can cook a tomato (skinned and seeded) in some olive oil and add some salt, and create the most basic of tomato sauces!  It is almost like the tomato is magic! A good tomato is juicy and has a rich flavor makingRead More →