Yay Spring! Ramp Gougères

A few weeks ago when the weather finally turned gorgeous, my friend Chef Julius Russell and his wife Jada stopped by for a visit to catch up. As you can imagine, food was one of the topics and Chef told me all about some really cool things he was doing with ramps this spring. IContinue reading “Yay Spring! Ramp Gougères”

Creamy Polenta and Mushrooms

We love polenta and during the fall and winter months I like to add it to dinners in place of pasta, rice, or potatoes.  It’s a perfect side dish which pairs well with roasted or braised meats, especially ones with sauces and/or gravies.  Depending on how much liquid you add when cooking, polenta can beContinue reading “Creamy Polenta and Mushrooms”

Béchamel Sauce – Creamy Truffled Cauliflower Gratin

In the Top Chef Texas season there was a challenge where the chefs had to rework Escoffier’s “mother” sauces, one of which is béchamel.  This is an awesome, versatile, easy sauce for the home cook.  Once you learn to make this preparation you can make all sorts of creamy, gooey, cheesy things.  It’s perfect forContinue reading “Béchamel Sauce – Creamy Truffled Cauliflower Gratin”

We Went Medieval on the Fondue

Saturday was rainy and overcast which meant it was good day to hop on a train.  I continue to be impressed with the transit system there.  Lots of trains and trams, and of course, they run on time.  Anyway, it was rainy so we decided to go to Stein am Rhein, a picturesque little riverContinue reading “We Went Medieval on the Fondue”

Top Chef Episode 5 – Come on, let’s get going here

So far I’ve been pretty unimpressed with the season.  The challenges haven’t been all that exciting and the chefs aren’t dazzling very much.  Not to mention there’s barely any drama among them.  These guys are so blah the show can’t even edit in good drama to make it seem like there’s tension.  We really haven’tContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 5 – Come on, let’s get going here”

Eater 38 – Maude’s Liquor Bar

This week the Eater 38 club took a stab at another one of Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” restaurants.  The choice: Maude’s Liquor Bar.  Not only is Maude’s on the Eater 38 List but it’s also on the newest Michelin Bib Gourmand list, so I was a little excited about it.  Unfortunately that excitement wore offContinue reading “Eater 38 – Maude’s Liquor Bar”

I Love My Panini Press

A long time ago I bought something from Williams-Sonoma which of course put me on their email list.  One day I received an email from them about a big sale on a Breville panini press.  It was pretty heavily discounted so I bought it.  One of my most favorite purchases.  Plug it in and whileContinue reading “I Love My Panini Press”