I have a new love in my life — whole roast chicken. Roasting a chicken is as basic as it gets, and it doesn’t get much better than this. It looks elegant enough to serve at a dinner party and easy enough to prepare any day of the week. Simple, simple, simple but oh so … Continue Reading

Seems like as good a day as any to have lamb — a beautiful, sunny, spring Sunday. While I have a lamb shank defrosting in the fridge and Diane Kochilas’s recipe (form The Glorious Foods of Greece) for lamb stew with wild greens in an egg-lemon sauce — arni me horta avgolemeno — bookmarked in … Continue Reading

Fear not chicken liver… They’re exceptionally good in pasta, with cippolini onions, fresh sage, and Parmesan — earthy goodness… There’s a great wine shop near my house that I frequent from time to time (okay, quite a bit). If you ever find yourself in a wine shop that doesn’t carry bottles you are familiar with, … Continue Reading

 This is part II of a three-part post I will refer to as, A Taste of Spain.  Part I: Squid and White Beans with Balsamic Reduction; Part II: Chickpeas with Black Sausage, Pine Nuts, & Raisins; and Part III: Rock Shrimp (or baby clams) with Eggs (to follow). All three of these dishes remind me of … Continue Reading

The Butcher & Larder is a new addition to Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. Butcher & Larder is a throwback to the old-time butcher shops of years past, albeit with a more contemporary approach — local, humanely raised, whole-animal butchery. If you’re seeking quality meat and care about how your food is raised, appreciate knowledgeable, friendly staff … Continue Reading