Comfort food.  We all have our own favorites.  The things that make us smile and fulfill our souls when we are the emptiest.  The thought of these dishes can erase the worries of a hard day.  They warm us from the inside out and our life wouldn’t be the same without them. I think when you are married for a longer period of time, you become like a comfort food to your spouse.  It may not be the most romantic way to phrase it but there is nothing people like more than comfort food and there is no one I like more than my husband.Read More →

I have been cursing a lot of folks lately. Not is a voodoo kind of way. I just think of something I don’t like and say “Curse you..blank-ity…blank…blanks.” This morning I was cursing all the folks who were rejoicing in the 60-degree weather we had in January and February because today in NW Indiana it was cold and snowing. I would much rather have had this in the earlier months when I expected it than have it now when my internal clock and daylight savings says I’m approaching spring. The curse I bestowed on these people actually left my husband a bit speechless because IRead More →

Chicken. Spicy Chicken. Those are words that make my mouth water. Now add the name Nando’s PERi-PERi Chicken to those words and I’m asking “Where? Where?” Have you eaten at Nando’s PERi-PERi before? Nando’s PERi-PERi is known across the world for making delicious African Portuguese chicken. (When I say worldwide, I’m not kidding. There are around 1200 restaurants everywhere around the globe.) Luckily, Nando’s PERi-PERi will be opening 3 new restaurants in Chicagoland. (West Loop, 953 W. Randolph, opened this week, Lakeview, 670 W. Diversey Parkway, will open this summer and Lincoln Park, 1500 N. Clybourn Avenue, is due to open in September.) Now whatRead More →

Do you take time every day to appreciate the little things? It could be the first spring bunny hopping in your yard, the green of your daffodils trying to pop out of the ground or the sight of a chubby squirrel hanging off of your bird feeder. (Okay maybe I don’t appreciate the fact that he knocks ALL the food out of the feeder.) I was having one of these moments this week when I was doing laundry of all things. It seems like in the previous weeks it has been such a challenge to toss a load of laundry in the wash let aloneRead 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 →

Let’s admit it ladies.  We all know the men in our lives have fantasies.  Some admit it with no hesitation but there are others who adamantly deny that anything like that ever goes on in their head. The real truth comes out when you say something to your spouse and he doesn’t hear you right.  Next thing you know there is COMPLETE miscommunication and one of you ends up disappointed.  (Odds are he is the one disappointed because I’m not freaky like him.) Well this week my husband, Earl, and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary.  After so many years, I know which sideRead More →

If you live in the Midwest, there is one thing you are talking about right now…the weather.  I don’t know why it surprises us every year because the same thing happens EVERY year. Winter comes.  We all say to each other what a mild winter it has been so far.  We talk of how it feels like spring and how this is the best winter ever.  Next thing you know…WHAMMO!!  We get socked with bitter cold and snow.  (This is where I would say we jinxed ourselves if I believed in such things.) The next thing that always happens is we start talking about theRead More →

Stir-Fry Udon Noodles

To continue on with some of my previous discussions about comfort food, I have to talk about noodles today….Asian noodles. A meal in one bowl (and you have to eat them in a bowl), Asian noodles offer a versatile option for dinner (or lunch or snack.)  You can get all of your protein, veggies and carbs in one simple dish.  My only issue with Asian noodles is that I don’t have a quickly place to grab a bowl when I don’t feel well and REALLY need the comfort. My sweet husband always will ask what he can do to make me feel better and IRead More →

As much as I have been enjoying my “Foodie Fun Days,” I will have to admit that I miss personal time cooking in my own kitchen. (My husband is missing it too.).  I am having a challenge keeping up with seasonality and miscellaneous holidays.  (Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Spay Your Dog Day, Etc.) For example, how did I miss Mardi Gras and all the of the wonderful foods that New Orleans represents.  I didn’t make one gumbo or jambalaya.  I didn’t labor over the perfect dark roux.  And I didn’t get to enjoy the aromatic goodness of the trinity of celery, bell pepper and onionRead More →

I love when I open my email ( and find a request for the foodblog.  I take all my emails seriously and try to fill the demands of the public.  (Public meaning my relatives.) I received such an email this weekend.  It went something like this: Dear Foodie, You are incredibly talented, very funny and not bad to look to at.  I enjoy your blog a lot but would like to see some easier recipes that I can recreate during the week when I don’t have a lot of time. Maybe something I toss in a marinade in the morning and can cook when IRead More →