St. Patrick’s Day Dinner | Guinness Braised Beef with Colcannon

Chicagoans take St. Patrick’s Day seriously. Irish, until recently, was estimated to be the top ancestry of our great city. Tomorrow morning the Chicago River will be dyed green and 800,000 people will gather to observe the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade (fun fact: Harrison Ford running through the parade as Dr. Kimble in The…

Warm Up | Butternut Squash Soup with Pancetta and Sage

This hearty butternut squash soup appeared in my first cooking and entertaining feature for Sheridan Road Magazine. Created for a relaxed fireside gathering, it was  served in my great grandmother’s espresso cups (shown below) as a starter. I like it best, though, ladled into big bowls and served piping hot alongside a loaf of crusty…

Classic Comfort | Wild Mushroom and Pulled Chicken Risotto

Who doesn’t love tucking into a creamy, piping hot bowl of risotto? I love to make this on the weekends for family and friends, when the pace of our home is a bit more leisurely.  This rustic yet refined version is the ultimate comfort food on a chilly autumn evening. Choose a good, dry white…

Grain Bowl | Quinoa Shrimp Salad with Cucumber, Tomato and Feta

Quinoa is one of my favorite ingredients. I frequently make a big pot and use it in different ways throughout the course of a week. A scoop warmed gently with almond milk, a pinch of cinnamon, dried fruit, and a generous dollop of honey and chopped nuts makes a wonderful, nourishing breakfast. A dinner side…

Pappardelle Primavera with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts

Ahhh, spring has arrived! Of course we passed the official day seven weeks ago, but it doesn’t truly feel like spring until lilacs perfume the air and tender, pencil thin asparagus bundles appear in the market. Now the lilacs are blissfully bursting and the asparagus, though available year round, is at its best right this…

My Last Column for Sheridan Road: Cod Poached in Coconut Curry Broth

Hello there and Happy Friday! It’s been far too long. I recently wrapped up a wonderful year + of penning the Foodie and Cocktail columns for Sheridan Road Magazine which was an absolute pleasure. Writing for a magazine proved to be a much different experience than writing for this blog. Yes, I developed the recipes,…

Simple Supper | Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Oh my, has it been a doozy of a week. We had a major plumbing debacle in our home, leaving us without water (save for one bathroom) and necessitating countless hours of incredibly unpleasant work. Physically exhausting, yes, but emotionally exhausting too as I was faced with sorting through dozens and dozens of boxes containing…

Grill | Smokehouse Bacon Cheddar Burger

Independence Day, one of my absolute favorite holidays, is just around the bend! Celebrate with this juicy, decadent version of the all-American classic at your holiday barbecue. Topped with smoked cheddar, caramelized onions, and crispy thick-cut bacon, it brings simple grilled fare to a whole new level.