A day wandering around Zurich

Had a lot of fun on our first full day in Zurich with a good night’s sleep in us.  It rained most of the night but cleared up and we had a beautiful sunshine filled day to work with.  We started off at a place called Markethalle, a food stall gallery underneath/inside a viaduct, soContinue reading “A day wandering around Zurich”

Christmas Stuff and New Year’s Travels – Where’s that Passport?

Sorry posting has been a little light lately, Christmas and all.  I’m looking forward to having the holidays over so I can get back on a normal schedule.  I really love this time of year but it can be exhausting!  No snow here in Chicago (yet) so it didn’t seem like Christmas.  I don’t know,Continue reading “Christmas Stuff and New Year’s Travels – Where’s that Passport?”

A Hot Christmas Cocktail

Cheryl’s parents are retired and live in Florida and the weather always seems to turn colder whenever they visit.  I don’t know how they do it.  So far we don’t have any snow here in Chicago so they’re pretty happy but it is a little…um…chilly.  More than they’re used to at least!  One of myContinue reading “A Hot Christmas Cocktail”

Top Chef Episode 8 – Finally! But I thought game meat was last week?

It’s about time!  They finally dispensed with all those team challenges and, not surprisingly, the overall quality jumped up a few notches.  The show also moved from Dallas to the third Texas city, Austin.  Been there, fun city.  I wonder if they’ll have a challenge at The Salt Lick?  That’d be cool.  The quickfire wasContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 8 – Finally! But I thought game meat was last week?”

A Leek, some Brussels Sprouts, and Rigatoni get pulled out of my fridge…

In the lead-up to Christmas this weekend there’s been a lot of rushing around which has left me with little time for making intricate and fancy dinners, much to Cheryl’s chagrin.  Contrary to some belief it’s not the Escoffier Room here every night of the week!  I can’t even remember the last time I madeContinue reading “A Leek, some Brussels Sprouts, and Rigatoni get pulled out of my fridge…”

Christmas Cookie – Pecan Tassies

Here’s another of my favorite Christmas cookies (What ones don’t I like? The ones I don’t make of course.  Sheesh!).  You’ll need a mini-muffin pan for these.  I didn’t have one for the longest time since I never made mini-muffins, and still don’t.  I did however gain one when Cheryl and I got married andContinue reading “Christmas Cookie – Pecan Tassies”

San Francisco! Swan Oyster Depot!

So this weekend Cheryl and I were in San Francisco for a trip she won to travel with the Detroit Lions to their game in Oakland (that’s a post for another day).  She was very excited about it because she really loves the NFL, I was excited about it because we’d be in San Francisco. Continue reading “San Francisco! Swan Oyster Depot!”

More Christmas Cookies – Thumbprint cookies

Another one of my favorites.  These are really simple to make and they cook pretty quickly too.  Like all the other “Christmas” cookies from when I was little, these would only get made once a year.  They’re probably good anytime, but for some strange reason they only get made at Christmas.  My mom still makesContinue reading “More Christmas Cookies – Thumbprint cookies”

Top Chef Episode 7 – Double Down

Last night’s episode was one of the best of the season, but if you’ve been following along you know that’s not a high bar to clear.  This is two weeks in a row where the quickfire challenge seemed to really bring out the creativity of the chefs.  I loved the elimination challenge too.  Finally oneContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 7 – Double Down”