Food

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

Oct 31

You’ve probably all played this game before. Name 5 people dead or alive that you’d like to have to dinner. I’ve seen the game circulate on Facebook and through various emails numerous times. It’s always fun to see who people select and why and to think about who I would select and why. Lo and […]

Food Politics: Big Business Versus the Future

Jun 20

“Congressional reluctance to favor children’s health above the rights of soft drink producers is a direct result of election laws that require legislators to obtain corporate funding for their campaigns. Like most corporations, soft drink companies donate funds to local and national candidates. More rational campaign financing laws might permit Congress to take positions based […]

The Sad Truth About Our Industrialized Food System

May 24

I find it incomprehensible how institutions like schoools, hospitals and nursing homes have become the lowest rung of importance in our industrialized food system. I don’t know if any of you have had the occasion of late to experience any of the foods served at any of these institutions but the situation is atrocious. Many […]

You May Not Care Where Your Food Comes From But I Do

Mar 2

It’s no secret that I am passionate about food. Specifically, locally grown food. I make it a point to go out and purchase it and carefully prepare it for my guests to eat. I’m not shy about advertising it because it is something I believe in and I have found that in general guests appreciate […]

Messing with Mushrooms

Feb 19

Portabello mushrooms are one of my favorite vegetables. They can be stuffed, grilled, roasted, sauteed, you name it. They are incredibly versatile. I happen to love them in practically anything but they are particularly great as a meat substitute because of their uniquely robust umami flavor. Unfortunately I find that many people say they hate […]

Eating During Cancer Treatment

Jun 1

I have known a number of people over the years who have suffered from the horrible disease cancer. It is always heart wrenching to see someone go through treament and all the side effects that come with it. Recently my friend and popular tv host Paula Sands of Paula Sands Live! was diagnosed with Ovarian […]

Are Gluten Free Food Manufacturers Doing a Disservice to those with Gluten Intolerances?

May 4

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Chicago. It was an eye opening experience on multiple fronts. When my mother in law was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 1997, knowledge about gluten intolerances was little and gluten free foods or labeling scarce. She and I learned […]

The Making of a Foodie

Apr 16

Jeff and I were chatting the other day about the concept of being a foodie. It dawned on me that at some point this term became popular and something everyone knew, even though it isn’t even in the dictionary. Where did it come from and what does it mean I wondered? Well, the exact origin […]

Who is Responsible For Our Children’s Health?

Apr 23

With the finale of Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” tonite, I got to thinking about the question of ultimately who should be responsible for the state of our children’s health right now and what they put into their mouths. There are 4 factors to the equation that can make or break the system. I outline them […]

Disrespecting Food-A Great American Tragedy

Feb 1

This weekend we hosted a four course wine dinner that lasted approximately 2 1/2 hours from beginning to end. And over the course of the last couple of months I have been reading anything and everything about Julia Child I could get my hands on. What do those have in common? Well, what I realized […]