Zucchini, zucchini, zucchini wherefore art thou zucchini? I love zucchini uncooked, grilled and fried. It will soon be in abundance, and I am always trying to figure out how to make it differently. I recently traveled to Europe, and one of the stops was Italy. My most favorite vegetable (yes, it’s a fruit, but we’re all used to saying veggie, so I’m sticking to calling it a vegetable!) to eat there is fried zucchini and fried zucchini flowers. While we’re not in Italy, I will transport you there with some of my favorite ways to eat this delicious vegetable. Note: This recipe will work with lots of other vegetables, such as Jerusalem artichoke, … Read more
I have made several chicken pot pie recipes. But by combining a few of the recipes I’ve tried, I have created something so indulgent, decadent and EASY that this recipe has become my most requested. Oh, and forget about making the dough on top because I am not a great baker… so I have a better idea. Ingredients: 3 whole chicken breasts, bone-in, skin on 3 Tbsp. olive oil 1 store bought pie crust kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade 2 chicken bouillon cubes 12 Tbsp. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 cups yellow onions, chopped (2 onions) 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup heavy cream 2 cups medium-diced carrots, blanched for two … Read more
Some of us Chicagoans may or may not be celebrating the Super Bowl this Sunday. But some of us just look for a reason to “throw” a party. As a Lifestyle expert who has been entertaining for almost 20 years, I have had my hiccups along the way. I remember the time I made a rib roast for Christmas, which is best prepared medium rare to medium. Well, mine was gorgeous on the outside and more rare on the inside. The rest of the dishes were plated and ready to go when I had to put the roast back in the oven. I felt so bad I opened my pricey … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!