From the monthly archives:

June 2010

Blueberry Cobbler with Polenta Topping

June 30, 2010

Summer has rolled into Chicago and it’s everything it was promised to be.  I will admit I approached the June with a heavy dose of skepticism, but Chicagoans’ adoration of the season is pretty infectious.  I’ve been enjoying outdoor festivals, working on my tan (or mostly sunburn) while taking Oliver to the dog beach, and […]






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A Sneak Peak of the Vermont Cheesmakers Festival 2010

June 28, 2010

While summer is the time of year for a lot of things – vacations, open toed sandals, driving with the sunroof open– undoubtedly my favorite is the food festival. Sure they can happen any time of year, but in the summer the warm weather and generally high spirits of attendees make the events more fun.  […]






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Garlic Scape and Gruyere Biscuits

June 25, 2010

The web is full of recipes to make with garlic scapes.  For an ingredient I didn’t know existed until last year, cooks all over the world seem to have come up with a pleathora of fun ways to use it.  Many of them are the kind of recipes that epidomize summer cooking: simple, fresh, and […]






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Two Varieties of Crispy Crunchies

June 22, 2010

There are some people in the culinary world that I consider to be geniuses.  They are the kind of people that prompt me to think about food in a new way or who recipe after recipe turn out dishes that never cease to inspire me and make me seem like a much better cook or […]






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Greek Yogurt-Marinaded Lamb and Ravioli Filled with Potato, Bacon, Baby Leeks, and Garlic Scapes

June 21, 2010

Today’s dish is a mouthful, both as a title for a post and as a dish.  Inspired by Father’s Day, I decided to prepare my take on a meal often associated with dads – meat and potatoes.  Usually this summons up visions of steak, meatloaf, or BBQ ribs, but whenever I am eating meat lamb […]






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Buitoni Shrimp & Lobster Ravioli Product Review

June 17, 2010

Today was one of those weeks where you only make it to Thursday and already you are utterly, totally exhausted. I had so many projects piling up at work that all I could do was keep my head down and power through. Oddly enough, these tend to be the weeks where I like a long […]






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Green Eggs and Ham Frittata

June 16, 2010

This summer I’m trying my hand at container gardening for the second time.  Baby greens, a serrano chile plant, mint, chives, dill, cilantro, stevia, and three varieties of basil grace my front porch while three tomato plants bloom on the back porch.  I’m coming to realize  I am quite the impatient gardener.  I inspect the […]






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Creamed Baby Kale & Oven Fried Green Tomatoes

June 15, 2010

I will admit at times I can be a series of contradictions, which can infuriate someone trying to get to know me.  I’ll say one thing and then turn around and say the exact opposite, with barely a breath of separation.  It isn’t that I don’t know myself or that I am being intentionally misleading, I […]






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Upcoming Product Review & Kitchen Gadgets I love

June 13, 2010

I will admit to being a kitchen gadget-a-holic (which has gotten worse since my new apartment no longer has the space issues of my old condo) so when CSN Stores, who kindly sponsored a giveaway on my blog back in April, l contacted me with the opportunity to review a product from one of their over 250+ specialized […]






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