Month: April 2016

More Artichokes – Alla Romana This Week

Braised artichokes - carciofi alla romanaLast week I didn’t have time to properly cook some wonderful artichokes but this week was a different story. Since things slowed down ever so slightly and my Wednesday night soccer was rained out I was able to quickly throw together Carciofi alla Romana like in Elizabeth Minchilli’s Eating Rome. (more…)


Spring Artichoke Salad with Grapefruit and Mint

Raw Artichoke saladKitchen is finished! Well almost. A couple small finishing touches to go but we can at least move our stuff back in and the workers are all packed up and gone. However, it has been a ridiculously crazy week and I really haven’t had any time to fully test drive our (ok let’s be honest, my) new space. Good thing this week’s post takes no time at all to whip up and is a perfect spring salad made with raw artichokes. (more…)

Escarole with Duck Sausage – A Date Night Inspiration

Escarole w Duck sausageFor date night last week we went to one of our favorite places here in Chicago, Osteria Langhe where we ate an amazing contorno of escarole and spicy sausage with olives and cherry tomatoes. It was really really really really good. By now you can guess what Cheryl said. ‘You can make this with one of your sausages, can’t you?’ (more…)

Creamy Asparagus Soup – Kitchen is Almost Back to Normal

Asparagus soupWell it’s kind of spring. The abundance of asparagus in the stores tells us it’s spring, but the weather…eh not so much. One day it’s sunny and warm, trees and flowers are budding, then the next day it’s snowing. This week I made a creamy asparagus soup and it matches the weather too, you can serve it hot or cold. (more…)