Author: <span class="vcard">Chrissy</span>

Fluffernutter:  It’s a real thing!

Fluffernutter: It’s a real thing!

Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts first whipped up marshmallow fluff in 1917 and, to this day, every year on October 8th, the residents of Somerville laud his miraculous creation with the “What the Fluff?” festival.  It just so happened that October 8th fell during my […]

An Old-Fashioned Snack Pack:  Indian Pudding

An Old-Fashioned Snack Pack: Indian Pudding

A little history lesson for you today… In researching for the American Northeast, I stumbled upon a fascinating book in the library called The Food of a Younger Land.  It goes on to say that in the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration employed swarms of […]

(Rock) Lobster Chowder

(Rock) Lobster Chowder

I killed a lobster. When I set off to make Lobster Chowder, I knew this would happen. I read the instructions. However, I forgot that I actually had to do it.  When it came time to complete step 1 (see below), I screamed like a […]

Little Bucharest Bistro

Little Bucharest Bistro

With Tomato in town, I seized the opportunity of having a fellow culinary adventurer around for the week, so we headed north to Old Irving Park and the Little Bucharest Bistro. Little Bucharest serves up traditional Romanian food with an ever so slight American twist.  […]

American Northeast

American Northeast

The American Northeast’s food, like most, is characterized by the landscape around it. Native American tribes taught the early European settlers how to live off of the land, incorporating the local ingredients of beans, squash, corn, blue and cranberries into old world techniques.  The foods […]

John-ny Cake, John-ny Cake, Baker’s Man…

John-ny Cake, John-ny Cake, Baker’s Man…

Every Sunday morning I make myself chocolate chip pancakes, smeared with peanut butter and drizzled with honey.  It’s a tradition, and an indulgence, and kicks off what is usually a pretty lazy day.  With Tomato in town, I figured I’d involve her in the project […]

Chicken Vesuvio:  Chicken? I could eat some chicken!

Chicken Vesuvio: Chicken? I could eat some chicken!

Deep dish pizza. Italian beef. The Chicago dog. When one thinks of Chicago food, these are the images that most likely come to mind. However, these are not the types of things that I like to cook, or really even eat. I’ve lived here five […]

Coffee Cake:  Cake for Breakfast!

Coffee Cake: Cake for Breakfast!

 There’s a chocolate shop that I pass daily on my walk to work and the smell of freshly baked croissants hits me in the face every morning, taunting me, as if saying, “Come eat my buttery goodness!”  Alas, I have yet to stop and oblige […]

Apple Pie Ice Cream: Not your average American Pie

Apple Pie Ice Cream: Not your average American Pie

When I think of a dessert that is quintessentially Midwestern, or All-American for that matter, I can’t help but picture apple pie. It invokes a wholesome, Richie Cunningham (yeah, I watched Happy Days…so?), from-the-farm image. Because of this, I thought it was the most obvious […]

Meatloaf:  I’ll do that!

Meatloaf: I’ll do that!

I’ve kicked off my culinary journey around the world with meatloaf.  While perhaps not very exciting or original to you, for me, I might as well be eating cow tongue.  I’ve never made it, and can count on one hand the number times I’ve eaten […]