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...]

The Perfect Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin marinadeOk, so I know it’s December and all, and everything is all about mulled wine and Christmas cookies and over-the-top pot-luck casseroles.  But the thing is, let’s be reasonable.  We all still have to eat dinner.  And if you’re like me, you  might want something a little lighter than a lot of things that are rolling across the food-blogging world right now.  Don’t get me wrong, I can scarf cookies, cakes, and heavy-cream laden desserts with the best of them.  But even I need a light dinner every once in a while. [Read more...]

Pork Chops with Apples, Onion, and Thyme

Pork Chops with Apples, Onion, and ThymeA lot of quick meals happen in this house.  Have I mentioned that there are TWO tiny little humans here who both need my completely undivided attention, without fail, about twenty minutes before we should be eating dinner?  It’s perfectly delightful I assure you, but it doesn’t leave a lot of time for lengthy dinner prep most nights.  That doesn’t mean we don’t eat well. We do!  It just ain’t isn’t fancy.  And there ain’t aren’t any pictures.  Sorry I was trying to but cute with all that ain’t, but it’s just not cute; bad grammar isn’t cool, kids. [Read more...]