Chicago Beer Cheese: Spring Ramps, German Cheese and Begyle Brewing Beer

We’re really getting into ramps season here in Chicago and lucky me, I have a very good source for them. It’s all about being creative when you have a limited supply of seasonal ingredients which is why I came up with a very Chicago-themed post this week. German cheese representing part of the city’s immigrant…

Homemade Guanciale – So Good!

If you’ve been following along the past few months you know I’ve been doing a lot of curing and sausage making with lots of different pork cuts. While this isn’t the first time I’ve made guanciale I think the batch which recently emerged from the basement is quite possibly the best I’ve ever made.

Beluga Lentils and Grilled Sausage

There’s a reason you always see sausages with lentils. They pair well together. Over the years I’ve tried to make lentil dishes which stand alone on their merits and have been successful with some. But when paired with sausage the combination is downright magical. I don’t know if it’s the saltiness of the sausage reacting…

Simple Spring Egg Salad

Egg salad reminds me a lot of lunches at my grandparents when I was little. A visit to their house on the weekend usually happened around lunchtime and that meant sandwiches. I really can’t recall ever having anything BUT sandwiches. We never had leftovers for lunch or whatever was lying around in the fridge. If…

Pork Belly Porchetta

Last week I picked up an epic piece of pork belly for another project and couldn’t resist trimming off a chunk for our weekly date night dinner. I was quite excited about it and knew cooking a pork belly porchetta was going to get a “WOW! You rocked it!” reaction from Cheryl (which it did).