Homemade Gnocchi – It’s Taken a While but I Finally Did It

Ah gnocchi.  When gnocchi is made right they are like light and airy pillows; when made wrong like heavy and dense globs of potato.  They are one of Cheryl’s favorite foods and always in the running if we’re at an Italian restaurant and gnocchi is on the menu.  Gnocchi are made with the simplest ingredients,…

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Meat Lasagna

Did you know Friday was International Port Wine Day?  It was.  And what does this have to do with meat lasagna you ask?  Well I’ll tell ya.  There was a free port tasting at my local Binny’s Beverage Depot, the one in Lakeview that looks like a castle.  For my non-Chicago readers Binny’s is a…

Riccardo Trattoria

Riccardo Trattoria is one of the first restaurants Cheryl and I went to in Chicago.  She was doing her business school summer internship here and I came for a weeklong visit (my first trip ever to Chicago).  Knowing Chicago was a great culinary city I did some research.  I wanted to take her to a…

Quick Weeknight Dinner – Farro with Mushrooms and Peas

One ingredient I like to keep in the cupboard is farro.  It is one of the oldest grains in the world and was a staple of the Roman diet.  It’s a grain which has low gluten levels but is also a good source of fiber and protein, so it’s healthy for you too.  And versatile! …

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 was…

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 dishes…

The Eater 38 Club

A couple of weeks ago Cheryl (a.k.a. Mrs. G-Gnome, her scientific code name) mentioned one of her co-workers came up with an idea of using the Chicago Eater’s “Eater 38” list of restaurants to explore some new places.  Sounded like a good idea, restaurants are added and dropped when the list is updated every few…