Summer Means Farmer’s Markets – Do you know where yours is, Chicago?

When I lived in Washington DC there was a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday in the summer about a block from my apartment.  I had to actually walk through the market to get home from work which didn’t bother me one bit since I knew I’d have a great dinner that evening even if it wasContinue reading “Summer Means Farmer’s Markets – Do you know where yours is, Chicago?”

The Best Raisin Bread Ever! Pan Tramvai!

I know, I know, not another bread recipe so soon.  But seriously, this has to be the best raisin bread you can make.  It is so chock full of raisins the dough can barely contain them.  How chock full?  Well the amount of raisins in the bread is equal to the amount of flour used. Continue reading “The Best Raisin Bread Ever! Pan Tramvai!”

Another Summer Cocktail: It’s Sweet, It’s Bitter, It’s a Negroni!

Sticking with the Italian theme of my previous post, the Negroni has to be near the top of the “simplest cocktails you can make” list.  It’s equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari.  The Negroni is refreshing, easy to make, and packs quite the wallop.  More than two of these and you’re asking for trouble.Continue reading “Another Summer Cocktail: It’s Sweet, It’s Bitter, It’s a Negroni!”

Baking some Italian Bread: Pane di Como

My mom is always sending me recipes she’s tried.  I’ll suddenly get an envelope in the mail from her and inside will be a recipe clipped from a newspaper or magazine.  Every now and then though a larger package will arrive in which I’ll find a cookbook she saw or found.  This week, one ofContinue reading “Baking some Italian Bread: Pane di Como”

How to make Aioli: A perfect condiment for grilled foods

Aioli, when made from scratch is very unlike the flavored mayo you get at places passed off as aioli.  It’s much creamier, packs quite the garlicky punch, and can be used to enhance the flavors of almost anything from soups to grilled vegetables to meat to crostini.  Aioli is also very easy to make andContinue reading “How to make Aioli: A perfect condiment for grilled foods”