Pumpkin Fest


A couple of weeks ago we finally got over to Highwood, Illinois’ Great Pumpkin Fest. I had heard about it for years, but I would either forget about going, or the dates didn’t fit in with our schedule. The day we went was beautiful, though chilly. When we got to the entrance there were hundreds… [Read More]

Desperately Seeking Dinner


It’s 6 o’clock, you just came home from work or where ever, and your family wants dinner. You open the refrigerator, the freezer, the pantry, but you don’t know what to make. This is the time of day that many people cringe over. For me, how I tackle this dreaded time of day is by… [Read More]

Cranberry and Raisin Zucchini Bread


With the summer nearing an end, and fall not quite here, I feel the change that is about to come in the morning air. Don’t you? It is a little cooler and slightly damp. The afternoons here in Chicago have been hot and humid, though. Still, my garden is producing. Even though some of the… [Read More]

Farm Kitchen Recipe: Quinoa with Tomato and Cucumber


It has been a couple of months since I started my “stage” (a term used by culinary students or chefs when working in a restaurant for no pay and to gain work experience) at the farm kitchen. This is probably the closest I will come to culinary school. When I started, one of the first… [Read More]