Fall Baking

The season isn’t quite here but we’ve had some cooler temps recently and it’s put me in the mood to bake. I enjoy baking, but only in the colder months. Something I haven’t mentioned yet on this blog is that I eat a gluten free diet. Due to some dietary restrictions I have found it…

Inspiration lost

I’m in a rut. I’m still cooking and making meals for my family and friends, but I’m not trying anything new. I haven’t had the time as summer winds down. We’re taking time as a family to travel, visit, and explore our city. I’m still reading about new techniques, searching for new ideas, and dreaming…

Summer is for fish tacos

A summer meal my family and I have enjoyed over the last couple of months is fish tacos. It’s something we could have year round but there’s something about a fresh fish taco on a warm summer evening that makes it that much better. To me a fish taco is the perfect meal in the…

Learning

I’ve started reading “Salt Fat Acid Heat” by Samin Nosrat so I can get away from following recipes and start creating them. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy trying new things and following a recipe of a dish I think is good, but I want to be able to go into my kitchen, look in…

Summer grilling

The summer season is upon us. That means cold beers, long days, and hot grills cooking great cuts of meat, or vegetables if that’s what you’re into. I love sitting outside with the smell of smoke and grilled meats wafting on the breeze. It’s the one thing I love doing outside even when it’s too…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I watched as he laid the ingredients out on the counter. I couldn’t wait for the final result to be pulled from the oven.  Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies. My dad was known for many things in our small community when I was growing up and one of those things was his homemade chocolate chip…

Ice Cream

The summer season is almost upon us and my usual yearning for ice cream increases. I enjoy ice cream year around, but for the summer months it’s the main dessert I look for almost every night. I blame my soft spot for soft serve on my family. My great grandfather enjoyed ice cream, my grandmother…

Pursuit of the perfect burger

The perfect burger. This is something I am still after. It could be something I make in my kitchen or it could be a burger I find at a restaurant. It doesn’t matter to me where the  burger comes from, I just want to find it. In all honesty I want to try and make…

Mother’s Day

Today was Mother’s Day. We started our day by going out to breakfast at one of my wife’s favorite restaurants here in Chicago. Then after getting our fill we headed to the nursery to find flowers. Planting our Spring flowers has become a tradition on Mother’s Day and something we all enjoy. After we finished…

Cooking with my son

My joy in the kitchen is something I try to share with my son whenever he shows an interest in what I’m making. I look to find ways to make sure he can help. The only thing I don’t allow him to do right now is use the knives but that’s because he’s only 5…