Made this spicy slaw the other night to test out the flavors. Intended to have only a bite or two and bring the rest for lunch the next day. However, one bite turned into two, and before I knew it, the slaw had vanished. You might be thinking, slaw, that’s not so exciting. But, this … Continue Reading

You might be thinking, two squid posts in a row, what gives? I know, I know, but besides the squid, these two dishes could not be more dissimilar.  The former, a slow braised Italian-influenced squid dish in a tomato and wine reduction, the latter, a quick wok-fired preparation with Asian flavors. I enjoyed them equally. The … 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

I like to call these ‘everything but the kitchen sink energy bars’ since they have a little bit of this and that — dried dates, pecans, peanuts, almonds, peanut butter, dried coconut flakes, and cocoa powder. The dates are the “glue” that hold these bars together. There is no other added sugars or sweeteners, just … Continue Reading