Baked White Beans with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Baked White Beans with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Oh, spring, you tricky little vixen.  You’re hot, you’re cold.  You’re sunny, you’re rainy.  If it weren’t for the air being slightly, wondrously scented with the hint of rain, and the daffodils poking their heads through the grass, and the fuzz of green buds covering the trees, I would disown you all together.  Spring is maybe my favorite season, because even though I love virtually everything about summer, nothing can beat spring for how badly I want it.  How hopeful it makes me feel. Every beautiful spring day feels like a gift, you know?  You don’t take a single one for granted. [Read more...]

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Beef Brisket Tacos

Brisket TacosAh, April.  Or, as I like to call it, the month where all I want is for it to be July already so I can eat corn on the cob and cheeseburgers straight from the grill.  In Chicago, we’ve seen an absolutely gorgeous April, with lots of sun and warm days.  But also a whole lot of rain and chill… not exactly worthy of pretending it’s mid-summer.  So we bounce back and forth between soup and homemade bread weather and grilled meats and salad weather.  That’s ok with me. But let’s not forget that there is one food that transcends the seasons: TACOS. [Read more...]

Pork Ragu over Creamy Polenta

Pork Ragu with Creamy PolentaWhen someone says that a recipe is idiot-proof, it’s usually for one of two reasons.  Either the recipe is so unbelievably simple that you can’t screw it up OR while it does have several steps and ingredients, it’s very forgiving of any shenanigans you throw at it.  This is definitely one of the latter.  This is one of those dishes that is super impressive and incredibly delicious, but most of all, it’s really hard to mess up.  Believe me, I tried. [Read more...]

Chicken Sandwiches with Brie, Spinach, and Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes

Chicken Sandwiches with Brie, Spinach, and Thyme-Roasted TomatoesMarch is a weird month for food.  You’re pretty  much over comfort food, but you still don’t have many options in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables.  The tomatoes still look and taste like pink baseballs, lettuce is still of the pale and limp variety, and zucchinis taste pretty much like air.  There’s just not that much we can do about it. [Read more...]