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

Brussel Sprout Log Lime-Maple Glaze
Delectable / Holidays / Roasted / Sides / Special Occasions / Vegetables / Writing

Brussel Sprout Log Lime-Maple Glaze

Evocative. Stacked. Still on the stalk. Roast Brussel Sprouts on the stalk? And after they’re roasted? A fantasy base for an appetizer tree. But…the Reality Tree!!! Easy to topple and your guests could cut themselves removing the sprouts. But if perseverance prevails… Roasted Brussel Sprout Log With Maple-Lime Glaze 1 Brussel Sprout Log, cut off … Continue reading

Sultry Summer All Season Fresh Spring Rolls
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Sultry Summer All Season Fresh Spring Rolls

Tara called and said, “Jump on a train, we’ll try some new recipes and enjoy my garden. We’ll start with Spring Rolls.” I’ve never made Spring Rolls. Alongside the flowers in planters… Tara planted herbs, which we used in the spring rolls. Tara did the cooking. I took pictures, ate, talked, listened and learned. First … Continue reading

Grill Virtuosi and John’s Kansas City Sweet and Smoky Seasoning
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Grill Virtuosi and John’s Kansas City Sweet and Smoky Seasoning

Spring in Chicago brings out the grills. Although, many Chicagoans bundled in jackets, boots and gloves never put their grills away, the sit-outside-season starts with the first sunny-over-60°-day or the onset of the Cubs and White Sox home games. John and Nancy have their garden started under-wraps and the grill going as they bounce on … Continue reading

Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer And Pickled Peppadews
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Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer And Pickled Peppadews

Ryan and his friends, Jeff and Nick, visited last week over Spring break and Jeff wanted something stuffed for lunch—the way Chicago is known for overstuffing…pizza, hot dogs, Italian beef, corned beef. After the River Architectural Tour we headed for Gino’s East Home of the Stuffed Pizza and they were overstuffed! Stuffed was still on … Continue reading