Mixed Berry Custard Tart – Simple Ratios

On Mother’s Day we went over to our friends Erik and Jen’s for some grilling.  It was a beautiful, sunny day in Chicago and we offered to bring some dessert.  No idea why since I’m not much of a baker.  Well not much of cake baker at least.  If I had to rank my dessert…

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 one…

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…

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 butchers…

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 you…

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 original…