Category Archives: family

Truly Awesome Coconut Cake

As long as I can remember, we’ve celebrated Easter at Eo’s house. For the first many years of my life, Eo’s house was actually a gorgeous apartment not far from where I live now, and “celebrating Easter” meant a few … Continue reading

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A Birthday at Café des Architectes

When Lizz and I were first living on our own, way back in 2003, we would treat ourselves every few paychecks to what we called “grown up dinner.” The requirements were simple: The restaurant had to be a sit-down place, … Continue reading

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Jean Banchet 2012

Here in Chicago, there is an annual award likened to the “Local Emmy’s for Chefs” called the Jean Banchet Awards, named for the renowned Chicago chef. Many months ago, nominations for the annual awards began, and Chicago’s chef and foodie … Continue reading

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Old-School Cooking: Grandma’s Salami

I have two very distinct sets of food memories. Set one (the much larger set) is that of my family when I was growing up. I’ve talked about this memory set many many times here, and it’s one of the … Continue reading

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A Chocolate Malt

It’s been two years. Two years since my life as I knew it was turned upside down. Two years since we said goodbye to my dad. I can hardly believe it. In some ways it feels like yesterday, and in … Continue reading

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