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The Third Soup

For sone reason, I couldn’t post this recipe with the the recipes for gazpacho and cod mango soup.Chilled Beet Borscht5-6 beets, cut julienne (use a grater or a food processor)Juice of two lemons1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup sugar2 quarts water1. Put the beets in the water and bring to a boil. Cook for ten minutes.2. Skim... Read more »

A Trio of Chilled Soups

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season. So whatever the temperature, it’s time to transition the kitchen, to replace hearty dishes like split pea soup and beef Bourguignon with main dish salads and grilled meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. Chilled soups are also an antidote to summer’s heat and humidity. Some are... Read more »

Cookbooks : One Old and One New

“The Blue Ribbon Cook Book,” Jennie C. Benedict, University of Kentucky Press 2022 (a paperback reprint of the 1922 edition) It’s no surprise that I love cook books. Not just for the recipes, but for what they tell us about the authors who write the books and the home cooks who use them.This time, the... Read more »

Navigating the Pandemic

Navigating the rough seas of the Pandemic has been a challenge for chef Martial Noguier and his wife Laurence, the thoroughly French owners of Bistronomic, a charming restaurant on Wabash, just two blocks north of Chicago Avenue. In the years since the restaurant opened in 2011, Bistronomic has earned a reputation for diversity, with featured... Read more »

The Difference Is in the Details

With pizza, the difference is in the details. And at Bob’s Pizza, the details are definitely different. For starters, there’s the size. Bob’s pizzas all have a sixteen-inch diameter. That’s a big pizza, a pizza that could potentially feed three diners, unless they’re a group of hungry undergraduates from nearby Northwestern University. But even then,... Read more »

What Do The Irish Eat on St. Patrick's Day?

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 includes Mass and a traditional Irish dinner, a category that-for the... Read more »

Convito Cafe & Market

It’s time to get out of the house. The mask mandates are ending, and there are a lot of places to explore. Some are new, and some-like Convito Cafe & Market in Wilmette- are old favorites. Nancy Brussat’s timing has always been impeccable. When she opened the original Convito Italiano in 1980, the market for... Read more »

The Sap is Running: Can Spring be Far Behind?

The sap in maple trees is beginning to run, a sure sign that spring is on its way. Called “sugaring-off,” the period of time when the sap is collected can last as long as ten weeks, although much of the sap is collected during the first ten days. The sugar in the sap nurtures the... Read more »


I’ll bet you didn’t know that “Beetroot” is KitchenAid’s (R) color of the year. And I’ll also venture to guess that you aren’t yet aware that Stan’s Donuts & Coffee (online at Goldbelly) is selling beetroot -inspired donuts (pictured) to celebrate its introduction. Small appliances, including KitchenAid’s Artisan Stand Mixer and its K400 Blender, will... Read more »

Warm Center Chocolate Cakes

Warm Center Chocolate CakeNothing says Valentine’s Day like a warm center chocolate cake. Cut into it, and the rich chocolate filling spreads across the plate, much like molten lava does during a volcanic eruption. Impressive, but for home cooks ( a category that definitely includes me), the timing- which typically calls for last minute mixing... Read more »