I’m more of a savory than a sweets kind of person (well, except for dark, dark chocolate). But, it is Thanksgiving, which is not complete without a pumpkin pie, in this case, a kabocha squash pie. This is a fairly traditional pumpkin pie, albeit with a few twists. I made a ginger snap crust, instead … Continue Reading

Always keeping my eyes open for new types of greens, I was excited to find sea asparagus (aka salicornia, glasswort, pickleweed, sea beans) at my local grocery store (i.e., Safeway) of all places. I’m pretty certain that I’m the only one who buys sea asparagus/beans.  People often stop me at the grocery store and ask … Continue Reading

  Love all types of soups and stews, especially on a brisk day in the Windy City. If you are searching for an easy and hearty stew, look no further. This is a Catalan staple, and rightfully so. Traditionally made with spinach, although I think you can play around with other types of greens (kale, … Continue Reading

Chicagoans are lucky to be living in a city with such a diverse food scene. Not only does Chicago have some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country, but there is no shortage of specialty and ethnic food shops from which to procure most every ingredient imaginable. As well, Chicago is fortunate that chefs … Continue Reading

A Primer on Paella Paella is a Catalan word that derives from the Old French word paelle for pan, which in turn comes from the Latin word patella for pan.  Paella is a Valencian rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Lake Albufera, a lagoon in Valencia, on the … Continue Reading