How to Assemble an Easy French Cheese Board

Who doesn’t love cheese? I’ve had great cheeses from all over, but my favorites tend to be French. I love creamy camembert, nutty salty hard aged Mimolette, and the deep savory earthiness of blue veined brie. For us there was a bit of a learning curve, an acquiring of taste to really enjoy strongly flavored […]

Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel.

“Bonjour!” was the first thing I heard when I entered the luxurious lobby of the Sofitel Water Tower Hotel. The relaxed atmosphere and attentive staff are very welcoming and though I am tempted to linger awhile, my focus today is on the hotel’s crowning jewel, the restaurant Café des Architectes. The dining room has an […]

Laurent-Perrier Champagne (Series) – Demi-Sec

Laurent-Perrier Demi Sec is a blend of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 15% Pinot Meunier. This champagne is aged for at least three years. The wine is then dosed with a liqueur made up from cane sugar dissolved in wine from the same cuvée. When you look at the brilliant and intense golden yellow […]

Raw Honey Dinner Rolls (Pick Farm Series)

With so many projects on my plate and several more exciting ones coming up, I need to stop and take a moment to catch my breath. I felt like cooking something simple and decided a basket of fresh baked rolls would be nice, plus I would get to play with dough! I should tell you […]

Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen ‘Hard Rock Hotel’ Chicago

Spring time has finally arrived in Chicago and the streets are busy with hungry locals and tourists in search of something good to eat and all of Chicago’s best restaurants are ready with new spring menus to entice them. I recently had the pleasure of dining at Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen to sample their […]

French Omelette with Farm Fresh Eggs from Pick (series)

Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen. They can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and are used in many dessert recipes. My favorite ways to eat them are scrambled eggs with herbs, an omelet, or creamy poached eggs atop a salad. While living in Germany I grew to love farm-fresh […]

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake with Vanilla Glaze

When I woke up this morning the windows were iced over once again, and there is another 3” of fresh snow on top of the dirty gray snow that has been piling up over the last 2 months. I feel like this winter will never end, and as I make a pot of coffee I […]