Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

  It's an Autumn Saturday morning in Chicago. As I sit here and type this, I've already seen the weather go from dark and cold, to windy and pouring rain. Now, its slightly breezy and a lovely 70 degrees F and sunshine. Why am I telling you this? Well, for one thing, my fiance is … Continue reading Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots

Italian Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup

  (New Years day, 2013)  While watching his beloved Stanford Cardinal lose in the Rose Bowl, our friend declares, "this is the best soup I've ever had." (I can't remember the specific below zero windchill day in the month of February, 2014)  My fiance came in from the cold to find this soup cooking. He … Continue reading Italian Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup

Kale Salad with Breadcrumb Croutons

  I'm guilty of it. I'll readily admit. I'm guilty of eating kale multiple days a week. I love it in my Fall Quinoa and Kale Salad, Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Pecorino, and Kale and Corn Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette.  All incredibly tasty, satisfying, and hearty. But just because kale … Continue reading Kale Salad with Breadcrumb Croutons

Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken

I'm writing this at 2pm on Friday of Labor Day weekend. We've all mailed it in at this point, right? We're done doing "actual' work. So, in the spirit of Labor Day, I give you this fantastic dish. Ideal for a lazy summer weekend afternoon. Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken.  Vibrantly flavored, full of crisp … Continue reading Sesame-Ginger Soba Noodle Salad with Chicken

Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

  "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." Laura Ingalls Wilder was right on. The freshness of your ingredients - heirloom tomatoes, burrata cheese, fresh basil - make this simple salad so beautiful and delicious. Ideal for late summer gatherings with friends or family.  Pair with a … Continue reading Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Caprese Salad

Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley

  I don't cook mussels at home often enough. But, I did this past Friday. It was glorious. Elegant, affordable, readily available, and a breeze to make. From the fridge to dinner table, the mussels are ready to devour in just 20 minutes. I paired this batch with white wine, garlic, parsley and lemon. Obviously, … Continue reading Steamed Mussels with Wine, Garlic and Parsley

Asparagus, Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

  I have to give you an excuse for going over a month between blog posts.  Would you believe I spent the last month in French Polynesia, retracing the last years of impressionist painter Paul Gauguin?  I wouldn't either. (I'll save that for next year.) How about the fact that my good friend, chef Mario … Continue reading Asparagus, Egg and Bacon Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette