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…

How to Prepare a Delicious Healthy Lunch

Healthy Lunch Ideas As the summer winds down I start looking for new lunch ideas. After many tomato and fresh mozzarella feasts I want something new. Preferably something healthy and easy, with ingredients from the farmer’s market. Since I prefer protein based meals I chose to make a variation on a cheese sandwich. Ploughman’s Lunch…

How To Make Great Milkshakes

Milkshakes Milkshakes are great anytime. But stopping for ice cream is a rite summer. Creamy and cold, they bring instant relief on a hot day. Raspberry Milkshakes One reason I describe my diet as “healthyish” is my love for desserts. Life wouldn’t be as the same without the pleasure of sweets. This summer my new…

How This Easy Gazpacho Recipe Can Keep You Cool

Authentic Gazpacho I love gazpacho. Chopped vegetables in cold juice are so restorative on a hot day. Nevertheless, I knew my go to recipe was far from authentic. A variation on Ina Garten’sfrom The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, it has chopped vegetables rather than pureed. Most Spanish recipes for gazpacho feature smooth soups, with chunky vegetables and…

When You Are Looking for the Best Middle Eastern Food in Chicago

Middle Eastern Food I love Middle Eastern food, and one of my favorite Chicago discoveries is Kabul House, a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. An Afghan kabob house, it draws on the cuisines of India, Persia, the Mediterranean and China. Afghan Restaurants Afghanistan is located in Central Asia, between the Indian Subcontinent, Iran and the former Soviet…