Cabbage, Potato, and Sausage Soup

Yesterday I was preparing for a late February blizzard dusting here in Chicago and decided a good soup would be in order. It just so happened there was an interesting recipe for potato, cabbage, and chorizo soup in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. Looked good so I took the basics of it and transformed it…

Some Thoughts on Teaching a Sausage Making Class

Last night I had a fantastic opportunity to take charge of a sausage making class at one of my favorite local stores, Savory Spice Shop, up in Lincoln Square. It was a really fun evening and even though I was there to give some sausage making instruction, I learned a few things myself.

Red Wine Risotto with Pancetta and Radicchio

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you’re like me you’d probably rather cook a nice romantic dinner at home than go out for dinner. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you’re here reading this I’d say cooking is your thing. I’ve got a good story about red wine risotto too….

Salami di Felino – Mmmm, Salami

Meat service is back on the blog after a vegetable post last week! And not just any meat service but cured, dried, fermented salami meat service. Oh hells yeah! Salami di Felino is an excellent starter salami as its flavor profile is simply garlic and pepper. This is the kind of stuff I dreamed about…