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Pan-Fried Walleye

Pan-Fried Walleye

Walleye fishing in Canada is one of my husband Tony’s favorite hobbies. For a while he went every year with a group of guys from his first job. After every trip, he would wax romantically about pan-fried walleye as the quintessential shore lunch. I’ve tried […]

Plum, Cherry, Tomato Bruschetta

Plum, Cherry, Tomato Bruschetta

In midsummer, all the magazines have pictures of fresh, red tomatoes, but mine were as green as green could be. In Chicago, our vines don’t produce red, ripe, juicy tomatoes until the middle of August. You can wish all you want, but it won’t happen! […]

Gin Y Tónicas

Gin Y Tónicas

Aside from the Kentucky Bourbon I drank as a teenager, ahem, Gin was really the only other hard liquor I’ve ever considered fit to drink.  My parents enjoyed Gin and Tonics on the Jersey Shore in the summers and on Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. Every […]

Cumin Lime Grilled Chicken and Two-Bean Salad

Cumin Lime Grilled Chicken and Two-Bean Salad

Sometimes the best and simplest recipes are created when I least expect it. I didn’t have much of a plan, but opened cupboards and created this recipe for Cumin Lime Grilled Chicken with a Two Bean Avocado Salad with what I had on hand. We […]

Gravlax with Mustard Sauce

Gravlax with Mustard Sauce

Gravlax, a Nordic dish of raw fish, is something my mom makes every Christmas Eve. She prepares pounds and pounds of it, and every year the amount grows as our family does the same. The salmon is marinated, spiced, and pressed with weights. It is […]

Oven Roasted Salmon with Tarator Sauce

Oven Roasted Salmon with Tarator Sauce

At the tail-end of the holidays, my ladies and I throw a book exchange party and I make dinner. Unfortunately around that time, everyone’s pants are getting a bit snug from weeks of turkey, mashed potatoes, cookies, appetizers, and cocktails, so I try to make […]