Stay for the leftovers: Arancini (Risotto Balls)

Arancini, or little oranges, are so named for their shaped and color.  I have another name for them, which may not be appropriate for this particular forum. Risotto is one of my favorite, go to meals.  While a little time consuming to prepare, it’s a totally doable weeknight, one dish dinner. The question with risotto …

Old Fashion Donuts: Fried Clouds for your Pie Hole

There are some childhood memories that make you smile every time you think of it.  My mom making these “birthday” donuts is one of my fondest food memories. The recipe was hidden away in my mother’s favorite wooden box, which has literally traveled the world and has been around much longer than me.  The recipe card is actually …

Ripasso: Decadence worth a Review

Ripasso (in Italian: review, (from the v. ripassare) or as it relates to wine, to pour over grapes again) is the new endeavor from the much beloved and reviled chef of the ill-fated Terragusto.  The restaurant is reborn in a new, trendy Wicker Park location (next to Nannet Lapore on Damen).  The ambience is cozy, …

Vicent: Amsterdam in Andersonville

Vincent is a great little gem in Andersonville that is worth the trip north. It specializes in Dutch cuisine and is owned and operated by the same chef/owner as the excellent Home Bistro (HB) in Boystown. I would definitely put them in the “winter food” category- the dinner here is good, but requires a bit …

Maude’s Liquor Bar: Too Much is Never Enough

In my imagination, centuries of French culinary tradition can be essentially boiled down to two things:  winter and summer.   There’s the Mediterranean fare that features Salad Nicoise and herbes de provence; and then there’s the butter and cream fare that I think of as being winter French food.  (I can hear the Francophiles having convulsions …

I love duck phuket.

His name is Duck Phuket and this the story of how we feel in love. I know sausage is a Chicago institution, AND, I do love meat, and I do love tube shaped meats in their many iterations; but truthfully sausage has never cried out to me. Maybe it was my experience at one of …

Gilt Taste – Gourmet Food

I know it has been far too long sence we last posted, its funny how life and laziness can get in the way. So I recently came across an interesting website by Gilt groupe, for those of you not familiar, Gilt Groupe it is essentially a high-end online “discount” store. Providing deals on boutique spas, high-end clothing …

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