New Orleans Inspiration: Ginger Beer Pork Cheeks with Basil Apricot Ginger Sauce

New Orleans. How can a chef or home cook not draw inspiration from the Crescent City? It’s a very unique culinary city and I really don’t think there’s any place on earth which compares to it for the vibrant and diverse food combinations you discover there. As well as all of the other outrageous stuffContinue reading “New Orleans Inspiration: Ginger Beer Pork Cheeks with Basil Apricot Ginger Sauce”

Herb Butter – Kitchen Essential

Herb butter.  Compound butter.  Hotel butter.  No matter what you call it, it’s one of the easiest items you can make and add to your kitchen essentials cupboard.  It’s also a good example of how a simple uncomplicated item can have tremendous effects on anything you cook.  Finish off your vegetables with it, plop aContinue reading “Herb Butter – Kitchen Essential”

Pesto: An Easy Summer Sauce

If your back porch basil plant looks anything like mine then it means you have a bush instead of a plant.  The plant seems to grow back two leaves for every one I use.  What to do with all this basil?  Make some pesto.  Pesto is a delicious summer sauce and your basil plant won’tContinue reading “Pesto: An Easy Summer Sauce”

More Summer Salad: Cucumber, Zucchini, and Tomato Salad

Been pretty hot lately so this Cucumber Zucchini Tomato Salad is a great cooler for those days you want to beat the heat.  Yeah that’s right, it’s another freaking salad.  It’s been heat wave, cool down, heat wave here in Chicago this summer which has made it interesting cooking-wise.  One week I want nothing toContinue reading “More Summer Salad: Cucumber, Zucchini, and Tomato Salad”

Ratatouille – Something French for Bastille Day

Ratatouille.  A dish most everyone knows but one which has lots of different versions and techniques.  One of the things I love about food (other than cooking and eating) is the debate which can surround it.  There’s Chicago v NYC in hot dogs and pizza, NY v the rest of the world with bagels, milkContinue reading “Ratatouille – Something French for Bastille Day”