What Do the Irish Eat on St. Patrick’s Day? Barbara Revsine If you go to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day expecting an over-the-top, Guinness-fueled celebration coupled with a dinner of corned beef and cabbage, you’re likely to be disappointed.  St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, died on March 17th, and the anniversary of his death typically... Read more »

Take Out Chicago Contest

Take Out Chicago Contest
Take a bite out of Chicago’s amazing restaurant landscape and win a VIP tour of a special Chicago location With indoor dining no longer operational in the City of Chicago, due to no fault of their own, Chicago dining establishments need your help. One way you can help is with the City’s just launched, Take... Read more »

Celebrating the Holidays

Courtesy of carryout, delivery, Zoom and FaceTime, families and friends can celebrate the holidays together, despite the pandemic. Restaurants throughout the Chicago area are offering delicious meals, minus the fuss and most of the clean-up. Better yet, guests can order their meal of choice. In 2020, that’s as good as it gets. The following are... Read more »
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Festive, Delicious and Available for Carryout

With Thanksgiving in the past tense, the spotlight shifts and the holiday season begins, complete with opportunities to celebrate the season with edible treats created by some of the city’s top tier chefs. Cookies Cookies for Christmas are a “must,” but making them from scratch is as messy as it is time consuming, especially if... Read more »

Pumpkin Everywhere Except the Pie

Pumpkin Everywhere But In the Pie I don’t like pumpkin pie, at least the traditional version. Put mounds of whipped cream and a sprinkle of candied walnuts on it, and I still won’t like it. But oddly enough, I like virtually everything else made with pumpkin. So with Thanksgiving just around the proverbial corner, I’m... Read more »

Thanksgiving Dinner 2020

This Thanksgiving will definitely be different. The guest list will be shorter,  the turkey smaller, the list of sides curtailed, and the inventory of leftovers larger. If “eternity” is two people and a ham, what is two people and a twenty-pound turkey? Of course, some people might ditch the traditional menu altogether, opting, instead, for... Read more »
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Thanksgiving:A Food Focused Memoir

Part One The No-Stress Turkey Over the years, I’ve hosted a lot of Thanksgiving dinners and written a lot of food- centric Thanksgiving stories. This year is-of course- “different,” and I thought I’d post some favorites before I tackled the realities of Thanksgiving 2020. Cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey Minus the Stress  Back before I knew... Read more »

A Southern Culinary Cure

The cover of restaurateur Mee McCormick’s newest cookbook, “My Pinewood Kitchen-A Southern Culinary Cure,” promises “130+ crazy delicious, gluten-free recipes to reduce inflammation & make your gut happy.” As it turns out, the book delivers a lot  more. McCormick, who runs Pinewood Kitchen & Mercantile in Pinewood, Tennessee with her husband Lee and their daughters... Read more »

Gussie's Handmade Italian

Gussie’s Handmade Italian When restaurants were given the green light to partially open in June, partners Keene Addington and David Thate, who also partner Tortoise  Supper Club, realized that Two Lights Seafood & Oyster, their successful seafood-focused restaurant on North Avenue, wasn’t going to work. “Two Lights’ menu included lots of shared plates and raw... Read more »
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Deep Flavors

Deep Flavors: A Celebration of Recipes for Foodies in a Kosher Style It’s a strange year, and the large family celebration that’s a long standing High Holiday tradition for “Deep Flavors’” author Ken Horwitz and his wife Bobbi, will, instead, be a dinner for two. Even so, the basic menu will include all of the... Read more »