Soupe au Pistou (Provençal Vegetable Soup)

Hard to believe last Tuesday was the first day of Spring, with some parts of the country still getting pounded by record snowstorms. While I’m anxious for the arrival of warm spring days, I fully intend to savor the last of the cold weather with the help of few more pots of soup. With the […]

Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

How is it already late January? Usually the quiet weeks that follow the chaotic holiday season seem to drag on and spring seems like a mirage far off on the horizon. Here in Chicago, we are enjoying the violent extremes of midwestern weather with weeks of sub-zero temperatures punctuated by days in the mid-50’s when […]

Poached Pears with Caramelized Chestnuts with Roquefort Cheese (Mauviel Series)

One of my earliest food memories was the discovery of a pear tree in the schoolyard way back in kindergarten. It was a sunny late fall day and as I ran through the leaves, the strangely shaped brown apples caught my eye. The sweet aroma of wet leaves and fallen fruit was too much to […]

Chocolate Chipless Cookies

Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, and who doesn’t have a favorite recipe, whether its a classic right from the bag of chips, or an old stand-bye handed down from mom. There are hundreds of variations to choose from, that suit every taste. Every taste except mine, that is. My family and friends know I’m picky […]

Renowned Chef-Restaurateur Daniel Boulud’s Chicken Tagine

Since the 19th century when France colonized Morocco and Algeria, French food culture has experienced an infusion of North African flavors and techniques. Paris is somewhat of a hotspot of Moroccan cuisine and is where we first experienced the exotic flavors of Moroccan cooking. One of our favorite restaurants, Le404, is located in the 3rd […]