What Kind of Summer Cook Are You?

Summer Summer can be short in Chicago, and I don’t want to spend mine in the kitchen. I take my cue from Ina Garten, a cook I try to emulate. She suggests using the best ingredients and preparing them simply. Fortunately, I have the popular Evanston farmer’s market to keep me supplied with fresh picked fruits and vegetables…

What to Do With Holiday Leftovers?

Holiday Leftovers What to do with holiday leftovers? For years I would pour over articles looking for new ideas without finding much success instead I got good bread and mayo for sandwiches. After that I struggled. Ideas for Turkey Holiday Leftovers Turkey at Christmas always makes me think of a Christmas Carol. I like the…

Why Now is the Time for Herbs

Herbs in the Garden I love having fresh herbs for whatever I am cooking. My garden has a profusion of every variety. Three types of basil, English and lemon thyme, rosemary, parsley and lemongrass. I even have lavender for making syrup. Great Lakes Gardening Herbs are hearty plants. Given favorable conditions they thrive with little…

When You Are Looking for Great Sushi

Sushi Like most major cities, Chicago has a wealth of sushi restaurants. While I like to try the newest and most authentic spots, I most often have sushi delivered. Make It Better Although Evanston has both neighborhood and date-night sushi places, my favorite local sushi purveyor is Wilmette’s 153 Akira at 1137 Greenleaf Ave. A…