I have a thing for bright, vibrant colors. I have a closet full of colorful spring dresses, most of which I accumulated while in Chicago of all places (which is entirely impractical for Chicago weather; should be investing in heavy winter sweaters to keep me warm, but that just seems so dull in comparison). … Continue Reading

I love having friends over for dinner, and the corresponding time spent in the kitchen preparing the dinner (along with shopping at the farmers’ market for the ingredients, hitting a few specialty shops for the perfect cheese, cut of meat, and/or bottle [or three] of wine). Interestingly, more often than not, the salad is what … 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

 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

Is there anything better in the summer than a vine-ripened tomato, particularly the really ugly, misshapen ones that are loaded with flavor and vibrant in color (unlike those pale, tasteless, store-bought tomatoes that are available year round). Did you know that there are over 7,500 varieties of tomatoes? I’ve had my share of Greek salads … Continue Reading