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…

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…

How to Make Perfect Iced Tea

Nice days make me want something refreshing, and my favorite choice is iced tea. I’ve been drinking iced tea all my life. Looking back on it, I realize it’s odd that a child would be allowed this beverage at every meal. Nevertheless, I became a connoisseur of the drink.