A Foraging Adventure

On Sunday, I went on a foraging adventure with Chef Iliana Regan of Elizabeth Restaurant and her friendly crew. The day began with coffee and a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, and warm artisanal bread and donuts at the restaurant. After a brief description of our itinerary, I enthusiastically… Read More


Recently, a friend asked me to write a food column for her new online magazine Classic Chicago. The column, entitled “The Ingredient”, features locally sourced ingredients; each article shares information on where to purchase the ingredient in Chicago, why I chose the ingredient, and a… Read More

Garlic Shrimp with Pimentón Aioli

On several occasions in the past few weeks, I have purchased flavorful wild brown shrimp at Eataly.  The wild brown shrimp, harvested from the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast, have a firm texture that is perfect for this traditional Spanish recipe for Garlic Shrimp, also called… Read More


Roasted Radicchio and Cherry Tomatoes with Mozzarella and Radicchio Salad with Tapenade are two of my favorite ways to serve radicchio. Radicchio, a variety of chicory, has a bitter taste which becomes less extreme with grilling or roasting. Like other bitter leaves, radicchio is especially… Read More