Pesto: An Easy Summer Sauce

If your back porch basil plant looks anything like mine then it means you have a bush instead of a plant.  The plant seems to grow back two leaves for every one I use.  What to do with all this basil?  Make some pesto.  Pesto is a delicious summer sauce and your basil plant won’tContinue reading “Pesto: An Easy Summer Sauce”

The Chicago Air and Water Show – Beginning of the End of the Chicago Summer

In mid-August every year the roar of jets and buzz of planes over Chicago means one thing: Air and Water Show weekend!  This is a great Chicago summertime event and unlike that other big summer event, Lollapalooza, the Air and Water Show is free!  Just get over to the lake shore on the weekend andContinue reading “The Chicago Air and Water Show – Beginning of the End of the Chicago Summer”

Stuffed Cabbage – Comfort Food the Way Grandma Made It

I know I’m in the minority here but stuffed cabbage is my all time favorite comfort food.  I could eat it all day every day for a month and not get sick of it.  I kid you not.  Like the Porlos Testa and the Green Bean Salad this is my grandmother’s recipe which she probablyContinue reading “Stuffed Cabbage – Comfort Food the Way Grandma Made It”

Simple Homemade Dill Pickles Using Basic Brine

As you may have been reading, lately I’ve become a bit obsessed with curing food.  I’ve made bacon (and successfully done it a second time) and duck prosciutto which both turned out well.  From reading through Ruhlman’s Charcuterie I’ve found it amazing what salt can do.  Behold the power of salt!  Ok, next up inContinue reading “Simple Homemade Dill Pickles Using Basic Brine”

Couscous Salad (don’t worry, summer’s almost over)

Ok, back to summer salads!  This particular couscous salad is Cheryl’s favorite.  I’m not sure if there’s a special ingredient in it she really likes or if it’s the combination of everything, but whatever it is she gets very happy when I make it.  As with most of my summer creations, this couscous salad isContinue reading “Couscous Salad (don’t worry, summer’s almost over)”

Nhu Lan Bakery – Delicious Bánh Mi in Lincoln Square

With all of the summer recipes I’ve been posting I noticed it has been a while since I wrote something about a Chicago neighborhood eatery.  I think I may have said this before but being a real estate broker is great for exploring Chicago and uncovering little gems you normally wouldn’t know about.  And thereContinue reading “Nhu Lan Bakery – Delicious Bánh Mi in Lincoln Square”