Breakfast in bed is the universal “thank you” for Mom on Mother’s Day. The tradition is so widespread that celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse annually hosts a Breakfast in Bed contest. Lagasse surprises one lucky mom at her home and cooks breakfast for her — in bed.
Motherhood is a gift. But let’s be honest, some days the gift feels more like opening the misshapen rummage sale sweater your loony aunt Bernice picked out instead of that fetching piece of jewelry you’ve had your eye on.
One of my all-time favorite Mexican restaurants, La Quinta de los Reyes, famously crams a 20-piece mariachi band in a room the size of a standard elementary school classroom.
Peppers are the pick of chefs everywhere for Cinco de Mayo — and Peter Piper has nothing to do with it. These peppers won’t be pickled; they will be stuffed.
April dinner parties are decidedly feminine affairs in my book and each year I gather some of my favorite ladies for a meal we affectionately refer to as “the spring hat dinner.”
Enjoying a spring break vacation filled with palm trees, ocean surf and sandy beaches can leave Midwesterners longing for the sunny days of summer even more than usual at this time of year.
Two odd ingredients are popping up on spring menus like daffodils poking through cold ground. Stinging nettles (yes, they really can sting) and fiddlehead ferns are the newest stars of the springtime table.
Jelly beans are to Easter what candy canes are to Christmas — the holiday just wouldn’t be the same without them.
While glazed ham, roasted leg of lamb and deviled eggs dominate typical Easter brunch menus, I thought it only fitting to look back to the mid-1300s for a little Lenten inspiration.
Fool your family with sweet treats that will have everyone doing a double take. Chicken pot pie. Puppy chow for humans. Devlish eggs. Chicken not it. Real sponge cake.
Matzo is a welcome addition to any Passover seder dinner menu as unleavened breads serve as a reminder that the Israelites had no time to let their bread rise as they were fleeing Egypt.
Birthday party planning is a breeze for my best friend. Her husband’s birthday falls on St. Patrick’s Day and to celebrate he wants nothing more than a Guinness and an Irish Boiled Dinner.
Breakfast, like a good sandwich, always tastes better when someone else makes it for you and thanks to 24-hour diners, a plate of perfectly prepared pancakes, eggs and sausage tastes even better at the dinner hour than in the morning.
The Chicago suburban landscape is filled with Polish cultural influences. In fact, residents of Polish descent make up the largest European-American population in the Chicago metropolitan area and Illinois boasts one of the largest Polish populations in the United States.
Growing up Catholic meant my family always ate fish on Fridays during the six weeks of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday.
It wouldn’t be Purim without hamantaschen, the triangle-shaped pocket cookies traditionally exchanged on the Jewish holiday. “They’re such an exclusive cookie; you only get them once a year,” said Skokie resident Beth Chiet.