Turkey Noodle Soup

So we come to the last bits of the big bird.  You’ve got some meat left and the carcass.  What to do?  Of course, you know what to do…make soup!  Making any soup from scratch is easy, especially turkey/chicken when you have the leftover bones.  The most important step (in my opinion) is starting with…

Top Chef Recap

Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m coming out of food coma from all the eating today so this is going to be a short recap.  Down to 15 chefs and these looked like really fun challenges.  A chili pepper quickfire where you could win up to $20K based on the pepper you pick and a chili cookoff challenge…

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Nothing wrong with wine and beer for Thanksgiving but why not jazz things up a bit.  It’s a holiday, get some more holiday cheer flowing.  Heaven knows you sometimes need all the help you can get when dealing with family (not mine, they’re all saints, at least when viewed through the bottom of a cocktail…

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Ragu Bolognese

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and I haven’t done the shopping yet so the fridge is looking a little bare today.  Cheryl noticed and commented that it didn’t look like there was much to make a dinner out of, then said “but you could probably figure something out.”  Indeed I could. I knew there was…

Eater 38 – Maude’s Liquor Bar

This week the Eater 38 club took a stab at another one of Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” restaurants.  The choice: Maude’s Liquor Bar.  Not only is Maude’s on the Eater 38 List but it’s also on the newest Michelin Bib Gourmand list, so I was a little excited about it.  Unfortunately that excitement wore off…

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe!

Every Thanksgiving the one thing I look forward to most is the stuffing.  I really could care less about the turkey.  For me that is the vessel by which you cook the stuffing. This is the stuffing my Grandmother (on my father’s side) made and we used to have it every year.  It was one…

Top Chef recap

So happy we finally got to the real show!  Quickfire and Elimination challenges are back!  It was a good episode tonight.  The send-home decision wasn’t very controversial, it was a clear-cut win, and everyone is getting along, very little personality drama so far.  There were a few curious decisions by the cheftestants however.

Sweet Potato and Spicy Sausage Soup

Here’s an extremely simple pureed soup that fits in nicely with Thanksgiving right around the corner.  Everyone has their favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner (mine is the stuffing, the turkey is just the vessel by which the stuffing is cooked in my opinion) and most of the time no one ever wants to mess…

Chicago Michelin Guide – Nope, Zero Stars for Next

Michelin Guide is out.  Nope, no star for Next.  Chef Achatz will have to be content with his 3 stars for Alinea.  Not surprised actually though.  Why the snub?  Who knows.  There’s been some speculation lately that Next wouldn’t get a star because the menu is always changing and you could have entirely different meals…