cooking

Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

Oct 7

Allergies and dietary restrictions are becoming the norm these days. It seems that virtually every reservation I get someone in the party has some kind of special dietary request. Other than asking details and knowing exactly what cannot be consumed, I don’t often question the person about their knowledge of the allergy or dietary restriction, […]

Never Trust a Skinny Chef

Jul 27

Never Trust a Skinny Chef. How many times have you heard this one? Well I think it’s nonsense. I can’t tell you how frequently guests jokingly say this to me and I always chuckle but in the back of my mind think the stereotype is extraordinarily ridiculous. Historically speaking, yes, there were a lot of […]

Loving and Loathing Food: The Reality of Eating Disorders

May 3

Everyone knows I love food. I love eating it, cooking it and sharing it with people. It’s my art and my zen. It’s my singular mission to bring the joy of eating and cooking to others and to educate them about healthy eating. What everyone doesn’t know is that it wasn’t always this way. In […]

Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate

Apr 22

For those of you who have been following the continuing escapades of our cooking classes at Hy-Vee, you have likely attended one of our Lucy and Ethel themed cooking classes. Last week we did another one titled “Lucy and Ethel’s European Vacation on a Plate.” This was the last of my classes at Hy-Vee and […]

Spring Has Sprung!!!

Mar 20

Happy first day of spring!!! While I cannot say that spring has sprung quite yet with the long winter we have been having, I sure am anticipating some of the first bounty of the spring. Some of my favorite vegetables come with this season. Here are a few of them and a few suggestions on […]

Snowy Days and Wednesdays Always Get Me Down

Mar 12

Snowy days and Wednesdays always get me down. And by get me down, I mean I like to get down. Me, my tunes, cooking up a storm. Why be blue when you can have fun in the kitchen. If this endless winter is getting you down, take a look. I promise it’ll cheer you up. […]

Are Allergies the New Fad Diet?

Feb 28

Are allergies the new fad diet? This isn’t as easy an answer as it should be. In fact, I think the answer is both yes and no. In the 9 years that we have been innkeeping/running a restaurant, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of dietary restrictions that we get from future […]

Jack Of All Trades: The Many Jobs of an Innkeeper

Jan 10

2014 has begun for us here at the Chestnut Street Inn with a myriad of projects, about 3 pages single space to be exact. As we have been plugging away at these projects it dawned on me that to say that you are an “innkeeper” by trade is perhaps an over simplification. The actual job […]

Paprika: Not Just A Garnish For Deviled Eggs

Jun 25

I use a LOT of paprika in my cooking. I am Hungarian and grew up with a grandmother who cooked classic Hungarian fare so that may have something to do with it. It always surprises my cooking class students that paprika has a flavor because they are accustomed to the brown stuff in the Schilling […]

Women Chefs: Inequality in the Kitchen

Apr 9

Much as been made about women’s equality of late, including equal pay for equal work. In a society that has supposedly made great strides in gender equality, there remains a lot of work to be done in truly insuring said equality. One of the areas that seems to be highly reflective of this gender inequality […]