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”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Ragu Bolognese

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and I haven’t done the shopping yet so the fridge is looking a little bare today.  Cheryl noticed and commented that it didn’t look like there was much to make a dinner out of, then said “but you could probably figure something out.”  Indeed I could. I knew there wasContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Ragu Bolognese”

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe!

Every Thanksgiving the one thing I look forward to most is the stuffing.  I really could care less about the turkey.  For me that is the vessel by which you cook the stuffing. This is the stuffing my Grandmother (on my father’s side) made and we used to have it every year.  It was oneContinue reading “The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe!”

Sweet Potato and Spicy Sausage Soup

Here’s an extremely simple pureed soup that fits in nicely with Thanksgiving right around the corner.  Everyone has their favorite part of the Thanksgiving dinner (mine is the stuffing, the turkey is just the vessel by which the stuffing is cooked in my opinion) and most of the time no one ever wants to messContinue reading “Sweet Potato and Spicy Sausage Soup”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Beef Shanks Osso Buco Style

My favorite Italian restaurant dinner is osso buco.  The big falling-off-the-bone piece of veal, the marrow, the pairing of risotto Milanese, it’s a big, heavy dish best saved for special occasions when dining out.  Because of the heartiness of it you don’t normally find it on menus in the summertime.  Like most braised meat dishesContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Beef Shanks Osso Buco Style”

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”

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”