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 […]

Quartino Ristorante and Wine Bar, Chicago

“Where the water costs more than the wine” – Quartino Restaurant Italy can be hard to describe to those who have never been there. Beyond obvious things like ancient building facades and wonderful smells wafting out of kitchen windows and into the narrow cobblestone streets, there is a rhythm to life that takes a bit […]

A S’more Dessert Martini

On Valentine’s day I met my husband at his office and we went to one of our favorite restaurants in town for hot tomato soup and herbed bread. Afterwards, we went to the grocery store for a few things and after he saw me pick up a package of chocolate covered butter cookies, then a […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Today dear readers, you will thank me for this post. With the following home-made vanilla recipe, you will not only save money, but you will come to appreciate how valuable it is to know just what it is you are eating. Now, I’m sure many of you are thinking “I don’t have time for this”or […]

Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Sea Salt

As I raised the blinds this morning I was blinded by the glare of freshly fallen snow.  It looks pretty at first but after days of constant flurries it is enough to send me back under the blankets to continue my hibernation. I want to shut myself off from the dreary grey skies and colorless, […]

Pear Clafoutis

I’m a sucker for fruit desserts. Truth be told, I usually reach for these desserts before chocolate. I know, I know… I’m crazy, aren’t I? There’s something about the sugary, caramelized, fruit that has me wanting another bite. No matter whether its freshly baked banana or blueberry muffins, or any variation of fruit tart, I’m […]