Michelin’s Chicago Bib Gourmand List is Out

The Michelin Guide released it’s 2012 Chicago Bib Gourmand restaurant list today.  A restaurant on the Bib Gourmand list means it is a favorite of the inspectors and has high quality food where the price of an appetizer, entrée, and glass of wine is below $40.  Restaurants included in the 2012 Michelin Guide Chicago willContinue reading “Michelin’s Chicago Bib Gourmand List is Out”

Black Bean and Smoked Pork Soup

[Update 3/4/2012 I submitted this recipe to SoupaPalooza.  Hope it gets noticed! Come join SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by KitchenAid, Red Star Yeast and Le Creuset] One of the many things I love about Chicago are the butcher shops.  Being a realtor is great for roaming around to different neighborhood butchersContinue reading “Black Bean and Smoked Pork Soup”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Bourdain’s Boeuf Bourguignon

As the colder weather starts setting in here in Wrigleyville my thoughts and ideas on dinner turn towards braised dishes, roasts, soups, and stews.  I enjoy grilling in the summertime but fall and winter are great times to cook.  The kitchen is always warm and cozy, the house is filled with delicious aromas, and youContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Bourdain’s Boeuf Bourguignon”

Kitchen Essentials – Truffle Salt

Every home cook and professional chef has their own favorite ingredient, spice, seasoning, etc.  For me the one must have ingredient I always make sure is in the cupboard is truffle salt.  It’s great with anything on eggs, meats, in sauces, on popcorn, with potatoes, risotto, macaroni and cheese, and pasta.  You’d be hard pressedContinue reading “Kitchen Essentials – Truffle Salt”

The Eater 38 Club

A couple of weeks ago Cheryl (a.k.a. Mrs. G-Gnome, her scientific code name) mentioned one of her co-workers came up with an idea of using the Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” list of restaurants to explore some new places.  Sounded like a good idea, restaurants are added and dropped when the list is updated every fewContinue reading “The Eater 38 Club”

What’s for Sunday Dinner

While trying to figure out what to do for Sunday dinner I looked through a copy of my mother’s recipe books and found one for pork tenderloin with a mustard/port cream sauce.  Didn’t have any tenderloins but I did have a 2-1/2 lb chunk of pork loin in the freezer.  So I improvised.  The originalContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner”

Buon appetito!

Welcome to my blog!  To paraphrase Cracker, what the world needs now…is another…blog about food! Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about cooking at home and finding great food in my travels, whether it’s here in Chicago or while traveling with Mrs. GastroGnome (she really likes the cooking at home part).  SoContinue reading “Buon appetito!”