A crostata is an Italian pastry. The dough for the pastry is referred to as pasta frolla (a close relative of shortbread) and is usually filled with seasonal fruit or any number of homemade jams, sometimes even chocolate. Since it’s February in Chicago, and there’s no local fruit to be found, and because I love … Continue Reading

No need to hand over your hard-earned money to the large food manufacturers that attempt to convince you (through massive amounts of advertising) that froot loops and fruity pebbles are part of a well-balanced breakfast. Instead, with just a few ingredients, you can make your own, much healthier and tastier (in my opinion), breakfast cereal … Continue Reading

The Chicago Blizzard of 2011 came and went with thunder, lightening, 70 mph winds, and over 20 inches of snow (the third snowiest day in Chicago since 1886). I’m not complaining, because YAHOO, snow day! However, I’m not much of a planner, which means on a typical day I have very little food in the … Continue Reading

Lately, I’ve been on a pickled vegetable kick. This may have been sparked my most recent visit to Big Star, a Wicker Park (Chicago) “honky tonk” bar, serving a great assortment of beer, whiskey, and tacos. The sounds of Nashville and Bakersfield (a genre of country music developed in the mid-to-late 50s) fill the bar. … Continue Reading

  Another octopus dish you might be thinking? What can I say, I love octopus. While I’m a big fan of grilling octopus outdoors on the bbq, come winter a stew really hits the spot. When you allow the octopus to braise in the stew it becomes very tender. This recipe was adapted from Diane … Continue Reading