Return to Provence! (Pt. Un)

In what is now an established Thanksgiving tradition for us, we journeyed abroad on vacation. Over the years we’ve found it is fairly easy to travel internationally during this time. Flying domestically can be quite a hassle with packed airports, but flights headed to Europe can be half-empty.  We like traveling in the off-season andContinue reading “Return to Provence! (Pt. Un)”

I’m ba-ack! Smoked Boudin and Polenta to Celebrate a Good Summer

I know, I know, it’s been a while since I last posted waaaaaay back in March. Sorry, things all of sudden became very busy with our sausage business. It was right about then Cheryl and I were applying to local farmers markets for the summer. As delicious as they are, the sausages don’t sell themselves!

Gnocchi Parisienne with Walnut & Gorgonzola Sauce

Wayyyy back in January I made some gnocchi Parisienne for Cheryl’s birthday dinner. Well one of them. It was much more decadent than this dish since there were copious amounts of black truffles shaved on them. Cheryl remarked that it would be ok if I made gnocchi Parisienne more often. I was flipping through MichaelContinue reading “Gnocchi Parisienne with Walnut & Gorgonzola Sauce”

Grilling With a Salt Block: Happy Birthday to Me!

As mentioned last week, we were supposed to be out of town for my birthday but it didn’t work out. That’s ok, but it left us with a big question: what to do? Normally it’s dinner at one of my favorite restaurants but I didn’t feel like that. Instead, I decided we’d get a reallyContinue reading “Grilling With a Salt Block: Happy Birthday to Me!”

Cooking Easter Lamb in a Work Zone

We’re a little more than a week into our kitchen work and it’s going really well. In fact, the kitchen really looks like a kitchen again and it feels good. Lots of the anxiousness from last week has melted away. Mostly because the sink finally showed up, but also because our stove got hooked upContinue reading “Cooking Easter Lamb in a Work Zone”

Please Pardon The Mess…Updating Our Kitchen

Cheryl and I have been looking at this kitchen since we bought the place back in 2012. We upgraded the appliances shortly after moving in but held off doing anything major. It wasn’t that horrible and since it’s not the kitchen that does the cooking we figured we’d overlook the decor until we couldn’t standContinue reading “Please Pardon The Mess…Updating Our Kitchen”

Spice Club from Savory Spice and Coffee Spiced Sausage Rigatoni

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I purchase my spices and herbs from a shop in Lincoln Square called Savory Spice. Last week I received an email from the store’s owner, Dave, asking if I’d be interested in taking a look at a new program they were introducing called Spice Club. Sounded very interesting, especiallyContinue reading “Spice Club from Savory Spice and Coffee Spiced Sausage Rigatoni”