Today’s post is all about simplicity, letting the ingredients shine without too much fuss.  I picked up an assortment of mushrooms over the weekend, a medley of beautiful yellow and white oysters, maitakes, shiitakes, trumpets, creminis, and portabellos.  I can’t think of a better way to enjoy mushrooms than simply prepared on the grill — … Continue Reading

Always on the lookout for cool props. I came across this great piece of Japanese drift wood in the clearance section of an antique shop in Old Town, Alexandria, VA, this past weekend. Just sitting there on the floor, unassuming, camouflaged among the flashier items. According to the sales staff, someone else had been admiring … Continue Reading

Got up early this past weekend to hit the farmers’ market before the storms rolled in (an earthquake last week; this week, Hurricane Irene).  Am now stocked up (duck eggs, various salad greens, peppers, onions, tomatoes, shallots, to name a few), well at least for a few days, and have a couple of bottles of … Continue Reading

Was doing the usual, “What should we have for dinner routine (I don’t know, what do you want to have)?” as I was perusing the contents of the refrigerator.  Spotted some peanut butter and tahini, which sparked an idea for a spicy peanut dressing. I remembered a recipe for Shiitake Peanut Noodles that I had … Continue Reading

The end of March and, not surprisingly, it still feels like winter in Chicago, with temperatures predicted to hover around 30 degrees for the next five days. Blue Chicago, not for the music scene, but for the weather, which is making me feel very blue. When many parts of the country are beginning to see … Continue Reading