What’s for Sunday Dinner – Braised Leg of Lamb with White Beans

With all the turkey, stews, soups, and pork we’ve been eating lately I decided to change it up a bit and make a leg of lamb.  I saw there was a boneless one on sale at the market so I grabbed it.  A boneless leg of lamb is nice because you can stuff it withContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Braised Leg of Lamb with White Beans”

Ora Sushi – Restaurant Review

Sushi.  I find that you’re either a sushi person or you’re not.  You can never convince someone to like sushi who isn’t down with eating raw fish.  And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.  In fact I like it that way.  Because of this, sushi is never a “trendy” thing like cupcakes orContinue reading “Ora Sushi – Restaurant Review”

Turkey Noodle Soup

So we come to the last bits of the big bird.  You’ve got some meat left and the carcass.  What to do?  Of course, you know what to do…make soup!  Making any soup from scratch is easy, especially turkey/chicken when you have the leftover bones.  The most important step (in my opinion) is starting withContinue reading “Turkey Noodle Soup”

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Nothing wrong with wine and beer for Thanksgiving but why not jazz things up a bit.  It’s a holiday, get some more holiday cheer flowing.  Heaven knows you sometimes need all the help you can get when dealing with family (not mine, they’re all saints, at least when viewed through the bottom of a cocktailContinue reading “Thanksgiving Cocktails”

Chicago Michelin Guide – Nope, Zero Stars for Next

Michelin Guide is out.  Nope, no star for Next.  Chef Achatz will have to be content with his 3 stars for Alinea.  Not surprised actually though.  Why the snub?  Who knows.  There’s been some speculation lately that Next wouldn’t get a star because the menu is always changing and you could have entirely different mealsContinue reading “Chicago Michelin Guide – Nope, Zero Stars for Next”

Top Chef – prelims pt. 2

Well at least that’s over with.  I think the third group got shafted a bit.  Each of the other groups basically had an ingredient challenge while these chefs had a time element added.  Instead of having the same time as everyone else, some had more,  some had less.  This little twist really looked like itContinue reading “Top Chef – prelims pt. 2”

A Fundraiser (with food by Hot Doug’s)

Didn’t get a chance to review Top Chef last night due to the fact Tivo’s recording time was scheduled for later (yeah yeah operator error).  Needed Tivo’s help since we were attending a fundraiser my brokerage (Baird & Warner City North Office cross promotion here) had for Neumann Family Services of Chicago.  It was heldContinue reading “A Fundraiser (with food by Hot Doug’s)”

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”

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”