Vegetable Shish Kababs with a Sriracha Honey-Sesame Glaze with Imperfect Produce

When it comes to buying produce, most shoppers pick through dozens of pieces, turning, squeezing and unfortunately bruising many of them until they find the most perfect looking, blemish-free pieces leaving mounds of picked-through, roughly handled and damaged produce that ultimately goes to waste. I’m guilty of this myself, but this behavior pressures grocery managers […]

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 […]

Grilled Tomato Bruschetta

I have a love hate relationship with Autumn. I love the colorful fall leaves, cozy sweaters and hearty stews and soups; but the end of summer also means saying goodbye to my favorite taste of summer, ripe juicy tomatoes. My favorite summer tomato recipe is grilled bruschetta; crusty slabs of grilled sourdough rubbed with raw […]

Grilled Ribeye Steak with Charred Scallion Citrus Compound Butter

I first learned about compound butters while living in Germany. Compound butters are simply butter to which herbs, spices, etc. are added, rolled into a log shape, and chilled until needed to top fresh breads, baked potatoes, steaks, salmon, etc. While prepared compound butters are not so easy to find in American supermarkets, Europeans can […]

Grilled New York Strip Steak with Fresh Thyme served with Francis Ford Coppola’s Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

The sizzle of a thick steak searing on a hot grill is one of the best things about dining alfresco, and charred, crisp summer vegetables are the perfect addition to the summertime dinner table. Living in the city, I have no place for a barbeque grill, but I can enjoy the same flavors and textures […]