Part 2 of the Making Bacon Experiment – Success!

If you read Part 1 you know I recently decided to up my game a little bit this summer by doing a Rumpelstiltskin on some pork belly and turn it into bacon.  For seven days I waited, kept rotating the pork belly, and watched.  Day 7 ended on Wednesday so I eagerly pulled the bacon…

First Attempt at Making Bacon – Part 1

For the longest time I’ve been wanting to try my hand at curing meat and making sausages.  I’ve been following a couple of charcuterie bloggers and have been fascinated by what they’re turning out.  Since I spend less time in the kitchen during the summer I figured now would be a good time to cross…

White Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I warned you there’d be more than a few cold salads during the summer.  This is one I’ve been cultivating for a few years and it’s getting very near perfect (for me at least).  Many different kinds of bean salads can be found on picnic tables throughout the summer; sweet ones, vinegary ones, baked beans…

Strawberry Ice Cream – Another Easy Ratio

Having celebrated our wedding anniversary this week (the cotton one) I decided to dust off one of our wedding gifts and whip up a batch of strawberry ice cream.  Strawberries are really coming into season now and I was further encouraged by a posting I saw about how the strawberry picking season has arrived early…

Summer Lentil Salad

Hot summer days require something cool to go with whatever you’re grilling.  Cold salads fit the bill nicely.  As you’ll see, I like making a lot of different salads in the summer.  They can be made ahead in bulk and chilled in the fridge, ready to be served or packed up and taken on a…

Decadent Truffle Deviled Eggs for a Movies in the Parks Picnic!

We’ve had Memorial Day, the official summer kick-off.  Here in Chicago another summertime favorite starts on Monday, June 11 : “Movies in the Parks”.  Dinner and a movie outside!  These are a fun way to get together with some friends (or a romantic evening for two), have a picnic, and watch a movie.  Chicagoans are…