Homemade Cranberry Sauce for National Cranberry Day

how to make cranberry sauce

Did you know that November 23 is National Cranberry Day? I suppose it makes sense, being so close to Thanksgiving, which is cranberries time to shine. But I love to cook and bake with cranberries all winter long. In fact, I stock up on cranberries during the last few weeks of the Oak Park Farmers Market because these babies freeze like a dream. I … [Read more...]

Snacking with Gold Emblem Abound Baked Rice Crisps

roasted garlic hummus

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Gold Emblem Abound Snackurday campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. Earlier this month, I wrote about how … [Read more...]

Cortland Apple, Fennel and Bleu Cheese Salad for Thanksgiving

apple recipes

Today's post is sponsored by Riveridge Produce, a Michigan grower and distributor of twenty-four delicious varieties of apples. Look for Riveridge apples, including Cortland, Jonathan, Empire, Rome and Honeycrisp, for your Thanksgiving table in fine grocery stores, such as Publix, Meijer, Mariano's, Copps, Pick 'n Save and HEB. Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

November Chicago Food Swap Recap

kombucha at the chicago food swap

The final meeting for 2014 of the Chicago Food Swap took place this past Sunday at Peterson Garden Project's Fearless Food Kitchen in the Broadway Armory Field House. Despite freezing temperatures, snow flurries and parking woes, the event was a tremendous success. Everyone left laden down with delicious homemade and homegrown food and a warm … [Read more...]

What To Do with Persimmons

how to use persimmons

Prized in their native Japan, persimmons look and sound cool but they are a little mysterious. What do they taste like? How do you use them? I'm new to persimmons myself but I am have been experimenting with them recently and I am pleased with the results. Persimmons are in season right now, from September to December, so if you are ever going to … [Read more...]

Fennel, Orange and Red Onion Salad with Bulgar

fennel salad ideas

They say never to make a new recipe for company. They should also say: never make a new recipe for a soup that is normally served as a first course as a main course for company. Because if you do, you may find yourself with not quite enough soup for dinner.  Serves six as a first course should be enough for four for a main course, right? … [Read more...]

Perfect Cornbread Dressing

cornbread stuffing recipe

When life gives you leftover cornbread, make cornbread dressing. That is exactly what I did last week. In anticipation of a busy day, I had made turkey chili in my slow cooker in the morning. When I got home, less than an hour before dinner time, I decided that the chili wasn't quite enough for the hearty dinner that we needed after a busy fall … [Read more...]

Baking for Dorie Greenspan

dorie greenspan event

Revered American expert on French cooking, Dorie Greenspan, is on tour at the moment promoting her latest cookbook, entitled Baking Chez Moi. She stopped in Chicago over the weekend of November 8 and 9th and I was fortunate enough to hear her speak at an event with the Culinary Historians of Chicago. Several volunteers, me included, had baked … [Read more...]

Soy-Lime Tuna Salad on Gold Emblem Abound Baked Rice Thins

tuna salad recipe

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Gold Emblem Abound Snackurday campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. I am more than slightly obsessed with … [Read more...]

Gala Apple Orchard Salad

salad with apples and craisins

November is upon us. As soon as the Halloween decorations have been cleared away, I begin to think about Thanksgiving. I bet you are starting to think about it as well. Are you hosting this year? Traveling to see friends and family? As always, my mother and I are hosting Thanksgiving for friends at her house in Florida. My children are eagerly … [Read more...]

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Brittle

pumpkin seed recipes

Another Halloween has come and gone. As JR said to me on November 1: "Only 364 days 'til next Halloween!" Our house is full of Snickers, KitKat, and Twix, but I thought that what we really needed was some homemade candy. Okay, no. The last thing we need actually is more candy of any kind, but I had some free time and an itch to try something new. … [Read more...]

Your Best Apple Pie

flaky pie crust

Are you finzlizing your Thanksgiving menu? Will you make the same foods as last year or will you try to mix it up? My mother and I love to host Thanksgiving together and we have pretty much honed our menu over past the few decades so that it is just how we want it. I did revolutionize the way we cooked the turkey about 7 years ago. (See this … [Read more...]

Snack Healthy with CVS Gold Emblem Abound

gold emblem abound

Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Gold Emblem Abound Snackurday campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers. How often do you run into CVS for … [Read more...]

Fall Cooking: Pear-Apple Crisp

easy apple crisp recipe

I sometimes resist making apple crisp because, well, it's just so easy.  I would rather spend my time making a recipe that will challenge me or show off some difficult technique that I had spent months mastering. My husband, poor man, just wants an apple crisp for dessert sometimes. Indeed, in my husband's pantheon of desserts, apple crisp resides … [Read more...]

Fall Cooking: Potato Leek Soup

best fall soups

The thing that you have to understand is that my husband loves soup. Rarely a day goes by during which that man does not eat a bowl of soup. And he is not at all dismayed when he has soup at lunch and comes home to find that there is soup for dinner. A two-soup day? Heaven as far as he is concerned. What's funny is that my beloved late father … [Read more...]

Leek and Mustard Tart

leek tart

Today’s post is sponsored by Door to Door Organics, a new grocery delivery service in Chicago, in my capacity as a Brand Ambassador. There are so many delicious vegetables that are at their peak in fall, such as squash, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and kale. When my Door to Door Organics Medium Mixed Produce Box arrived these week, I was … [Read more...]

October 2014 Chicago Food Swap Recap

chicago food swap

The Chicago Food Swap had its October event this past weekend. It was our second event in our new home, the Peterson Garden Project's Fearless Food Kitchen. As is so often the case, the offerings reflected the best of the season, from the tail end of backyard garden produce to Halloween-themed treats. The October swap was smaller than the … [Read more...]

Door to Door Organics Review and Giveaway

dtdo_box

Today's post is sponsored by Door to Door Organics, a new grocery delivery service in Chicago, in my capacity as a Brand Ambassador. As many of you know, I am very busy these days working on the manuscript for my first book. The manuscript is due in March but that is not as far away as you think! Working hard on a fast-approaching cookbook … [Read more...]

Fall at the Farmers Market

winter squash

Although the leaves are changing and the temperature is dropping, it is still farmers market season. The Oak Park Farmers Market where I shop every Saturday has two weeks left before closing for the year. In more temperate climates, the farmers markets may continue through November. Of course, those of you who live in very temperate climates will … [Read more...]

Cooking Demo with Rick Bayless 10/20

mace's culinary council event with rick bay less

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Chicago is a city rich in celebrity chefs, but perhaps none is as well known as Rick Bayless. Restauranteur, author, television star, Rick Bayless has been educating American audiences … [Read more...]

Oktoberfest Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

oktoberfest recipes

For some, October means Oktoberfest, the outdoor festival celebrating Bavarian culture, cuisine, and, of course, beer. Not being a big beer drinker myself -- although I did enjoy a pint of Bell's Amber every now and again in my Ann Arbor days -- thinking about Oktoberfest makes me think about food. I do not know much about Bavarian cuisine, but … [Read more...]

Chive and Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

how to make biscuits

Sometimes what I have made for dinner doesn't feel like it is quite enough. Maybe I made a big pot of delicious soup but something seems to be missing. Maybe we are having an omelet and green salad - one of my favorite desperation dinners -- but I'm still craving carbs. That is when I turn to biscuits. Homemade bread may take hours of preparation, … [Read more...]

Chicken Escabeche & Black Bean Tostadas with La Morena

authentic mexican tostadas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, La Morena. All opinions are mine alone. #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias Chicago knows its Latin food. With a large and thriving Mexican population and some of the country's best Mexican restaurants -- need I mention Rick Bayless? -- Chicagoans understand that the … [Read more...]

How to Make Kreplach

how to make kreplach

If you think the matzo ball is the ultimate Jewish soup dumpling, let me quickly disabuse you of that notion. As much as I love a fluffy matzo ball, my heart truly belongs to kreplach, the meat-filled pasta known affectionately as Jewish tortellini and served during the High Holidays. Never heard of kreplach? You are not alone. While matzo ball … [Read more...]

September Chicago Food Swap Recap

Chicago food swap

Sunday marked the return of the Chicago Food Swap after a two-month break. The September swap was the first event in the Chicago Food Swap's new, permanent home, the Fearless Food Kitchen in the Broadway Armory field house. This roomy, light-filled teaching kitchen, operated by the community gardening nonprofit Peterson Garden Project, makes a … [Read more...]