Special Event: Frühschoppen at Dovetail Brewery!

This week’s post isn’t a recipe for something we’ve had this week. It’s about an upcoming event this Sunday we’re part of at one of our local breweries here in Chicago: Frühschoppen at Dovetail Brewery!

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.

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Some Tips on Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for the First Time

So this is it!  This is the year you’re not dealing with all the hassle of traveling and will be making Thanksgiving dinner for yourself and a few friends.  Good for you!  Despite all the drama you’ve witnessed throughout your life surrounding Thanksgiving dinner it’s really not terribly difficult to prepare if you’re sensible.  IfContinue reading “Some Tips on Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for the First Time”

Travel Post: We Went to See The Tour de France in the Pyrenees

From my last post you may have guessed correctly we’re on vacation.  Right now we’re relaxing on the Costa Brava in Begur, Spain but before coming here we journeyed up into the Pyrenees for the main reason of the trip, seeing a mountain stage of the 100th Tour de France (maybe that should be raisonContinue reading “Travel Post: We Went to See The Tour de France in the Pyrenees”

Butterball Farms Luncheon Event

So I must say, one of the really cool things about writing this blog is occasionally I get some event invitations.  Last week I was invited to attend an event where my friend Chef Julius was showcasing Butterball Farms butter.  “Lunch?  And you’re cooking, Chef?  Um, yeah, I can make it!”  It was actually aContinue reading “Butterball Farms Luncheon Event”

Summer Means Farmer’s Markets – Do you know where yours is, Chicago?

When I lived in Washington DC there was a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday in the summer about a block from my apartment.  I had to actually walk through the market to get home from work which didn’t bother me one bit since I knew I’d have a great dinner that evening even if it wasContinue reading “Summer Means Farmer’s Markets – Do you know where yours is, Chicago?”

A Really Cool Upcoming Event in Chicago: Tale of Two Chefs Pop-Up Restaurant, Bounty of Spring

It’s rare that I get to write about an upcoming event since most of my event posts are post-event (har har har).  Well here’s a case where I can actually tell you about something coming up where I know exactly what to expect.  Coming up on May 18, 2013 is Chef Julius Russell’s next pop-upContinue reading “A Really Cool Upcoming Event in Chicago: Tale of Two Chefs Pop-Up Restaurant, Bounty of Spring”

A Mardi Gras Cocktail: The Sazerac

Looking for a Mardi Gras cocktail that isn’t a Hurricane?  Try a Sazerac instead.  In my opinion, the Sazerac is New Orleans.  Not only was it invented there but it’s also the Crescent City’s official cocktail.  The Sazerac also has some distinctive New Orleans ingredients, Peychaud’s bitters and Herbsaint, which really make it a drinkContinue reading “A Mardi Gras Cocktail: The Sazerac”

A Chicago Pop-Up Restaurant Experience – Chef Julius Russell’s New Orleans Dinner

Pop-up restaurant?  What’s that?  A restaurant which pops-up somewhere of course.  Seriously though, a pop-up restaurant is when a chef takes over a space for a night, takes reservations, and has a dinner service for that night and the next day it’s gone.  The concept has been around for a while but I think it’sContinue reading “A Chicago Pop-Up Restaurant Experience – Chef Julius Russell’s New Orleans Dinner”

The Chicago Air and Water Show – Beginning of the End of the Chicago Summer

In mid-August every year the roar of jets and buzz of planes over Chicago means one thing: Air and Water Show weekend!  This is a great Chicago summertime event and unlike that other big summer event, Lollapalooza, the Air and Water Show is free!  Just get over to the lake shore on the weekend andContinue reading “The Chicago Air and Water Show – Beginning of the End of the Chicago Summer”