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On “The Hunt”

Everyone knows that one must buy tickets for the theater, opera, or symphony, but how about for a restaurant?  Chef Grant Achatz’s restaurant “Next” is like nothing you will ever experience in the world of fine dining.  Located in Chicago’s meatpacking district just west of downtown, Next is not your traditional restaurant.  The menu changes every four […]

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Is This Libertyville, Illinois or New York City?

When my daughter Kara flew in for my birthday this past weekend from her home in New York City, we decided to have dinner one night at our newest restaurant in Libertyville, Shakou Sushi.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog, our little downtown has become quite the restaurant row in our area north of Chicago […]

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A Michelin Star Meal with Cuisinart

What could be better than an evening at Michelin-starred restaurant Acadia in Chicago with hosts from the Cuisinart company and table mates being cookbook authors and magazine editors?  Talk about lively conversation!  Sometimes I have to pinch myself that I am able to attend these amazing events.  My daughter Kristina and I had another one of our food […]

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Finding Grace

One of the favorite activities my daughter Kristina and I love to share together is our quest for beautiful food everywhere in the world.  Whenever Kristina is visiting us near Chicago from her home in Los Angeles, we know all we have to do is drive into the city for some of the best food on […]

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Alaskan Cruise Day Six: At Sea with a 4th of July Bash

On the sixth day we were at sea on the way to Victoria, Canada.  It was also the 4th of July and Celebrity Cruises went all out for ship entertainment.  After a leisurely and relaxing morning, Kristina and I attended Chef John Suley’s class at noon about cooking with marinades and rubs, a timely class for summertime grilling […]

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What’s a Road Trip without a Diner Dessert?

Going on a Road Trip this summer? Don’t miss all the great diners across the country, then buy this great cookbook, Diner Desserts!

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First Pillsbury Bake-Off 1949

I will be writing about every single Pillsbury Bake-Off contest since the first in 1949! Let’s get started on this fun journey!

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