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

I love shopping for food. Usually go grocery shopping most days of the week. Typically, I start with a recipe, and then get the requisite ingredients; sometimes, I find an ingredient that inspires me and build upon that. This is usually the case when the farmers’ market is in season; see what’s available that day, … Continue Reading

The Butcher & Larder is a new addition to Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. Butcher & Larder is a throwback to the old-time butcher shops of years past, albeit with a more contemporary approach — local, humanely raised, whole-animal butchery. If you’re seeking quality meat and care about how your food is raised, appreciate knowledgeable, friendly staff … Continue Reading

I rarely eat bagels anymore. It’s not that I don’t like them, on the contrary. Rather, authentic bagels are simply not available in Chicago. However, last year, I was in Philadelphia visiting family, and made a special trip to the Bagel Hole (a quintessential “hole-in-the-wall”) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to get a dozen bagels to … Continue Reading