How an apple tree and an Amish cookbook began a tradition that has woven generations together

My neighbors, Carol and David Bibelhausen, began the tradition of Apple Pie Day twenty-seven years ago. They had an abundance of apples from the tree in their yard in Fort Wayne, Indiana, so baking a pie was definitely on the agenda. Daughter Megan, then four and son Joe, then two, each made a crumb crusted, apple pie from the... Read more »

Let them eat Rainbow Cake from the Goddess and the Baker

Merci, Marie Antoinette. Don’t mind if I do. Happy to oblige. The more sprinkles the better. Dolly came out on the Metra train recently to visit her doting parents. She pulled a surprise out of her bag and declared, “Mom, we’re eating cake tonight!” Yum. One slice could feed a family of six. The Goddess and... Read more »

I'd love to go to a Cubs game with The Pink Hat Guy

Any observant Cubs fan couldn’t miss the gentleman in the pink baseball cap and bright green shirt sitting behind home plate at Wrigley Field. If you did, sober up. In my vivid imagination, he wore the green shirt because he’s Irish and Cubs attire comes in a shade of Emerald Isle Green for those O’Brien and Mahoney fans. And the pink... Read more »
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A Culinary Caper in the Kitchen

I was checking out of T. J. Maxx today and as the cashier rang up my jar of capers, she asked me what exactly are these? (Besides purses and bedding, they have an interesting array of food items in case you hadn’t noticed.) Really, you don’t know what a caper is? She seemed to be around forty.... Read more »

A subtle, sentimental sign of love at the Metra train station

I was sitting in the window of my favorite coffee shop drinking a latte while reading the “Ask Amy” column in the Chicago Tribune. Behind me, I could hear a couple walk in, and quietly order two coffees to go. I love quiet people early in the morning. They whispered to one another as comfortable couples... Read more »

Man's most delicious gift to the world: Parmigiano-Reggiano

Leave it to those Italians to be the pure food purveyors of the perfect food to gorge on. Italian food, by nature, is simple, no fuss fresh bites of pure bliss. Parmigiano-Reggiano isn’t called the “King of Cheese” for being confused with Velveeta. I could eat a wheel. History can trace its origins to the 1200-1300’s.... Read more »
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Do you tip the housekeeper when you stay in a hotel?

I didn’t use to. I don’t believe my parents did either, although growing up we stayed more in fishing lodges rather than hotels. But things change. You become educated about the working conditions of the housekeeping staff in hotels and motels. The more you travel your perspective expands. Housekeepers are on their feet all day with multiple... Read more »

A letter to my daughter on her birthday

March 20, 2018 Dear Dolly, Thirty-two years ago, Dr. Janice Johnston, within the walls of Piedmont Hospital on Peachtree Street uttered, “It’s a girl!” Back then ultra-sounds were primitive so your birth was an unexpected surprise. Everyone had told me I was having another boy because of the way I carried you. You proved them all wrong. We took you home... Read more »

Jeez, where is Niklas Hjalmarsson when you desperately need him?

I almost had a stroke last June when the Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman traded our beloved defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes. Come on Stan, what were you thinking? And now the Blackhawks sit dead last in the Western Conference Central Division. Playoffs are just around the corner. Those bleak statistics are due to this armored-bodied... Read more »
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6 Splendiferous Things to do on a Snowy Saturday

It’s January. It’s bitter cold. It’s snowing. It’s Chicago. Before you know it, the trees will be budding and your salt-stained boots will be stored away until December. Instead of fighting a snowy day, relish the thought of never leaving your home. Not even to get the mail. Here are 6 things to do to pass the... Read more »