Artichokes & Asparagus with Olives and Lemon (Carciofi e Aspraragi)

Spring is here!  Not quite temperature-wise but mainly in the appearance of vegetables like artichokes and asparagus at the store. Artichokes and asparagus are a great combination and I was really happy to have some different ‘in-season’ produce to work with. It’s not a very revolutionary preparation but a quick sauté with some acid (lemon)…

Sunday Dinner Side Dish: Potatoes Dauphinoise

While you may think this potato dish gets its name from being prepared for French royalty, it’s actually named after the region it comes from: Dauphiné.  The French have some great potato preparations and this is no exception.  Goes great with any Sunday dinner and since I hadn’t made Potatoes Dauphinoise in a long while…

English Harbour, Antigua – A Vacation of Sun, Sand, and Rum

If there’s one thing which can help cure the gloomy mood of an overly long and cold winter, it’s a trip to an island with plenty of sun, rum, and beaches.  We tried to go to Antigua back over Valentine’s Day but a snowstorm knocked out the east coast and our flight was canceled.  Thanks…

Sicilian Pizza and Arcade Games

Thumbing through Classico e Moderno for some pizza ideas I came across a recipe for a Sicilian style pie which reminded me of pizzerias back home in New York and summers of riding around with friends playing arcade games.  Just like here in Chicago, we had different types of pizza growing up; the regular pizza,…