Cassoulet – A Labor of Love

Cassoulet is one of my favorite wintertime French dishes.  On the surface it doesn’t seem like anything too special, basically a white bean stew with some meat in it, slow cooked into a rich, hot, warm your bones dish.  I don’t think you simply “cook” or “make” cassoulet, it’s something you actually “build.”  In herContinue reading “Cassoulet – A Labor of Love”

Advertisement

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Duck a l’Orange (also a great Valentine’s Day dinner)

I started making this dish for Cheryl when she was back in business school and the first time I made it for her was on St. Valentine’s Day.  Seriously, if you’re a home cook this is a pretty awesome dinner to make.  Classical French, not too difficult, delicious, and it’s duck, which is a niceContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Duck a l’Orange (also a great Valentine’s Day dinner)”

Kitchen essentials – Demi-glace

Still back home visiting but I crafted this entry before leaving when I realized the only “essential” I’ve mentioned is truffle salt.  If you’ve read any of Anthony Bourdain’s books you know he is a big proponent of demi-glace.  Traditionally it’s made with veal stock and sauce espagnole and reduced.  Making some can be aContinue reading “Kitchen essentials – Demi-glace”

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)”

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”