I love Sunday — a day to do whatever you like, no meetings, no conference calls, nothing scheduled, but a nice, long leisurely lunch for two. I got up, went for a run, walked to the farmers’ market, restocked on vegetables for the week, and picked up a yellowtail snapper on my way home. Am … Continue Reading

Aioli is a traditional Provencal sauce; essentially a garlicky mayonnaise. Make it once and you’ll never revert to bland store-bought mayo again. All you need are a few ingredients, typically extra virgin olive oil, garlic, lemon, egg (I like to add a bit of hot smoked paprika), and some muscle power — no preservatives, artificial … Continue Reading

Woke up around 6:30 a.m. this Wednesday morning, December 2, 2010, and was inspired to whip up a batch of pickled chipotles (courtesy of Rick Bayless). Isn’t this what everybody does when they wake up in the morning? This condiment is made with morita chile peppers, which are smoke-dried jalapenos, and has a nice balance of … Continue Reading

Always keeping my eyes open for new types of greens, I was excited to find sea asparagus (aka salicornia, glasswort, pickleweed, sea beans) at my local grocery store (i.e., Safeway) of all places. I’m pretty certain that I’m the only one who buys sea asparagus/beans.  People often stop me at the grocery store and ask … Continue Reading

Chicagoans are lucky to be living in a city with such a diverse food scene. Not only does Chicago have some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country, but there is no shortage of specialty and ethnic food shops from which to procure most every ingredient imaginable. As well, Chicago is fortunate that chefs … Continue Reading