Meyer Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

Meyer lemon and lavender shortbread is a delightful combination of California flavors mixed into a simple, eggless cookie dough. I love Chicago like a human being. I think it’s the greatest city in the world. It has art, culture, music, grit, and the people are unparalleled.   While New York City is narcissistically cool and San…

Pralines And Cream: Cure for Indian Summer

October isn’t the time to eat ice cream — at least it’s not expected. However, today in Chicago, temperatures are expected to reach 79℉. I’ve seen the words “Indian summer” floating around social media, but that doesn’t seem quite right. Indian summer just means unseasonably warm. But I think it’s losing its meaning — I…

So Long Sourdough: A Love Letter

This week I said goodbye to someone who means a lot to me. He’s moving from Chicago to San Francisco to achieve all the goals he’s been working toward for the last twenty years. He isn’t a big part of my life but the spot he occupies in it is a space I protect no…

Making Fun of Leftover Sausage: Easy Dumplings

I’m obsessed with ramen. I don’t know how it started, but I’ve been tasting ramen all over Chicago to figure out where to get the best noodles. At Yusho, they devote Sunday to serving ramen — I had the beef tongue ramen — which is pretty good, but it didn’t wow me like I wanted….

The Superior Babka. For one.

  This project was inspired by Seinfeld and practiced by Martha. Chocolate babka. It was showcased in episode 77 of Seinfeld in which Elained insists on bringing a chocolate babka (and not cinnamon babka — lesser of the babkas) to a dinner party. It’s one of those confections that’s common to New Yorkers and foreign…