I may or may not have mentioned it before , but I am a chocoholic. I am also a major maple walnut fan. Faced with choosing between the two flavors, I have been known to become paralyzed with indecision.
Just when I was trying to decide whether to make some more sparkling cranberry cheese bites with the leftover sugared cranberries I had in the fridge or snack on them by themselves–and by myself, I stumbled across a recipe for cranberry margaritas which actually called for sugared cranberries. It was a sign!
These days, many bakeries offer creatively named, exquisitely decorated, and outrageously expensive cupcakes. Doing the math at $5.00 a cupcake, who can afford to buy a dozen cupcakes, let alone two dozen?
This Italian casserole has been a family favorite for 30 years now. I remember visiting my sister Tina way back when, absolutely falling in love with this dish she had made for the first time, and immediately asking for pen and paper to copy down the recipe.
A few weeks ago, my fellow foodie and good friend Barb and our hubbies took a cooking class together—the kind where you get to have a hands-on lesson and then enjoy the gourmet fruits (or in this case, seafood) of your labors. The title of the class offered here in Chicago was “Escape to the [...]
My husband and I spent the fall of 1992 house hunting in the Chicago area as his job took us from our Boston hometown to the flatlands and cornfields of the Midwest. On our third and last house hunting trip (try finding the right house in 3 tries or less), our realtor took us out [...]
I know it’s redundant, but I am an Italian foodie. My two sisters and I grew up in a thoroughly Italian household with a Sicilian mom and a Neopolitan dad—both equally good cooks. My dad and uncle owned a small Italian restaurant together, and it was the place to go for great home style Italian food, including wonderful homemade pizza. My dad has passed on; but, to this day, even if my 80-plus-year-old mom doesn’t know you’re coming, she’ll pull a 5-course meal out of the fridge in no time flat.