The Late Waker

A favorite beer from Crystal Lake Brewing is the foundation of this late summer, lazy-day drink. 1 Can of Wake Maker beer 2 Raspberries Juice of 1/2 lemon 1 oz. Barenjager Honey Liquior Combine in a tall glass and enjoy!     [video width="640" height="640"...

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The Lawnmower

A great drink for the time when lawns first start getting mowed in late spring. 2 oz Hendricks Gin 1 oz Chartrueuse 4 thick slices of cucumber 2 thick slices of lemon Muddle the cucumber and lemon in a shaker and then add ice and the liquors and shake. Serve in a...

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Chicago Food Swap – March 2014

This weekend I attended my second food swap with the Chicago Food Swap, hosted by Free Range Office in Wicker Park. I went with a friend, her first time, and we had a blast. There is something so comforting being amongst people who love to talk about and get excited...

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Chicago Food Swap – December 2013

This past Saturday I attended my first Food Swap at the Chicago Food Swap. It was a bit of a hike, about an hour drive from my northwest suburban home, but I always enjoy time in the city. The swap was held at Enerspace Chicago on Kinzie in the west loop and sponsored...

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Review: “Fair Food”

"Fair Food: Growing A Healthy, Sustainable Food System For All" by Oran B. Hesterman, PhD I read this book in January 2013. So I happened upon this book in my library. (I know, surprising that I'd find a book in a library, right?) I had checked it out several times...

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The Gordon Bennett

So...a few weeks ago my husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants - Bistro Wasabi in Lake in the Hills. It's a sushi bar in a strip mall. OK....there goes my foodie street cred right out the window. But you don't have to believe me. The wonderful sushi,...

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Spice House

Foodies know where to find the best foodie places. We sniff them out like bloodhounds picking up a scent. Our radar is always up and on the lookout for another great find. In Chicago, one such place is  The Spice House on Wells Street in the Old Town neighborhood. It...

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“Chef Chase” Nachos

When I was in college at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana I worked as a line cook at a restaurant called Coslow's. It was a typical college hangout with tall dark brown booths, local artwork, and bentwood chairs paired with wobbly tables, a folded paper...

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Bitter Queen

I got this recipe right off my phone's Food & Wine Cocktails App and decided to give it a try. I wanted something sweet, but not cloyingly so. I also wanted it to be tart. I thought the orange juice and the Campari would balance out the sweetness of the...

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