Most women get excited over a new pair of shoes. However, lately, a new gadget or piece of kitchen equipment gets my heart racing. Don’t get me wrong, a new wrap dress for going out to dinner (always nice to let someone else do the cooking once in a while) or hosting a dinner party … Continue Reading

 This dish just screams SPRING. Well, almost spring. I really wanted to use fresh peas, but due to the typically cold and rainy spring in Chicago, peas have yet to make an appearance at the farmer’s market. However, one of the farmers assured me that peas are on the way. Instead of fresh peas, I … 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

At first glance, this may look like an ordinary penne bolognese. However, there is neither tomato sauce nor meat in it. Don’t despair, this dish is extremely flavorful. In place of the traditional bolognese sauce is a harissa-based pesto that is sure to entice even the most die-hard carnivore. I’ve made red penne harissa many times, … Continue Reading

The connection between food and memory is powerful. Most of my fondest food memories are from experiences later in life, including recent Mediterranean travels, as food was not a big deal in my family growing up (and I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since). The first time I had sea urchin was … Continue Reading