2012 in review Sweet Fortune Cookie!
Cookies and Bars / Desserts / Holidays / Special Occasions

2012 in review Sweet Fortune Cookie!

Thank you dear readers. May 2013 be filled with love, prosperity, good health and joy! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 51,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this … Continue reading

Matisse Afternoon With Rosemary Parmesan Balsamic Chips
Appetizers and Antipasti / Vegetarian

Matisse Afternoon With Rosemary Parmesan Balsamic Chips

A Matisse week in May, kicked back, socializing, and Chef Craig Boroughf’s adaptation of a Chicago favorite! Ready and easy in minutes… What with Mother’s Day…et.all… Salty, sweet and snappy.  Just like  your mother! Matisse Chips *Recipe adaptation of West Town Tavern Potato Chips courtesy of Susan Goss, Executive Chef/Co-owner, West Town Tavern, Chicago, IL … Continue reading

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls
Delectable / Pasta / Pasta and Grains / Roasted / Vegetables

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms and Gnocchi Pearls

In ancient China oyster mushrooms were sent as a gift to friends and family. The jewelry maker in me couldn’t resist adding the pearls… The graceful appearance of the bloom of the oyster mushroom hooked me at the Green City Farmer’s Market. I wondered if I could roast them to keep the whole mushroom together? … Continue reading

Eye Popping Popcorn On The Cob
Appetizers and Antipasti / Cooking with Kids / Vegetables / Vegetarian

Eye Popping Popcorn On The Cob

The Green City Farmer’s Market in Chicago is full of surprises in early Spring…things I don’t notice other times of the year, when the colorful fruits and vegetables capture my eye and imagination. Popcorn on the cob? My young audience was incredulous. In the microwave? The hardest part is harnessing our impatience. The aroma extends … Continue reading

The Spirit Of The Heart
Appetizers and Antipasti / Delectable / Sides / Vegetables / Vegetarian

The Spirit Of The Heart

A media witness daily to the destruction and loss from the tsunami in Japan— I watch with sadness and awe the courage and elegance of the Japanese people, their grace, dignity, gentle strength. I search for words of consolation, find none. My silence —dirge dark. “Egyptian lotus never dies.”—same for our beloved? And as the … Continue reading

Black Sesame Toasted Tofu
Appetizers and Antipasti / Main Dishes / Vegetarian / Writing

Black Sesame Toasted Tofu

Crispy, chewy, toothy texture with an echo of ginger! Smart snack-attack food, appetizer or main meal star. “According to folklore, the magic words “Open sesame!” came from the sesame seed pod—which bursts open when ripe— and that when the gods created the world… they drank sesame seed wine! Black sesame seeds contain about 60% more … Continue reading

Blue Moon Potatoes and Rock and Roll Chicken
Cooking with Kids / Main Dishes / Poultry / Vegetables / Writing

Blue Moon Potatoes and Rock and Roll Chicken

“Help me help myself.” Maria Montessori’s quote is the inspiration for this recipe… and the Gluten-free Bisquick® box. How’s this for a contented look on a kid? Anthony, age eight, prepared this meal on his own with a little guidance and he also made the broccoli and cauliflower recipe posted earlier, but we snacked on … Continue reading

Santa’s Sweet And Spicy Nuts!
Candies / Desserts / Holidays / Special Occasions / Writing

Santa’s Sweet And Spicy Nuts!

I have thought about guest bloggers…I know so many good cooks. I finally took action and asked Craig Boroughf. Craig has shared his recipes before, French Breakfast Radishes and Carmen’s Prize Winning Meatballs…thank you Craig for being my first guest blogger. The words and photography that follow are a gift from one of my favorite … Continue reading

Not-So-Virgin Olive Oil the “Other Mother.”
Delectable / Vegetables / Vegetarian / Writing

Not-So-Virgin Olive Oil the “Other Mother.”

In sourdough culture, they have a “Mother dough.” Italian’s have what I call the other mother—Not-So-Virgin Olive Oil. A blend of extra-virgin olive oil and chopped garlic. The other-mother can be stored a covered jar in the refrigerator for weeks, ready to use. Olive oil enhanced with the flavor of fresh garlic. As you use it, … Continue reading