Cream of Tomato Soup

When life hands you snow in April, make tomato soup.  Ok, that isn’t quite as catchy as “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” but I’ll be honest, it’s pretty hard to make a snowy mess in April sound appealing. It’s even harder to do that when you also happen to be under the weather….

Comfort is Key at Batches Bakery

It’s located on a quieter street in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, but any sleepiness fades away the second you walk into Batches, where a burst of colors dots the wall across from the entrance. It’s bright, but calming. Funky, but traditional. And for Jaceleen Latin-Kasper, the owner of Batches, it’s practical, but still a leap. Latin-Kasper…

Toasted Ravioli

I’ll let you all in on what’s probably a not-so-little secret about myself: I absolutely love making lists and outlines. I was that kid in college who wrote outlines of my textbooks’ outlines because it was calming. When I’m in the control room in a newsroom and I have lots of live shots, I’m the…

From the Ground Up: Hatched

Baking, like music, is the marriage of art and science. In music, it takes the mathematics of rhythm to produce a melody. In baking, it takes precise measurements to make the dough rise. It’s a comparison that Allison Cebulla, the baker behind Hatched, understands perfectly. She majored in music performance and minored in culinary arts….

BluTender Battle: Ladies vs. Lads

Generally speaking, when I talk about cooking with my cousin Linda Marcus, she’s almost always the one giving me great recommendations. Same goes for fashion advice – she competed in Season 15 of Project Runway. But not this time. Shortly after publishing a hot toddy recipe a couple days ago, I received a notification that she…

Sprecher Brewery to Open Off-Site Taproom

Sprecher Brewery will open an off-site taproom in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The new taproom, which will be called Sprecher Milwaukee, will take over the space Brenner Brewing previously occupied, located at 706 S. 5th Street. According to Sprecher Brewery, the Milwaukee site has 24 working tap lines, furniture and brewing equipment that was left behind…

Bourbon in February: The Hot Toddy

I have a confession to make about my time in Louisville. I had Manhattans, I had bourbon straight, I had chocolate balls of bourbon, pecan pies doused in it, Mint Juleps, you name it. But never once did I have a hot toddy. I made it for the first time this year because I live…

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Part Two: Food for Thought

The Meatball A spoon with a hearty piece of a meatball dangled between the two tables. “You’ve got to try it,” the man and woman at the other table urged me. I gently protested to no avail. I glanced over at my boyfriend, his head deliberately buried in the bill. And so, with a full…

One Pan Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

I mentioned I like to keep things simple, right? Well, here’s another quick dish… and it’s perfect for a cold winter night. I made this roasted chicken for a cozy date night at home because it was the perfect amount of food for two people and, most importantly, it was incredibly quick to clean up….

Recipes of Courage: Part Two

From the moment I step into Skokie’s Hungarian Kosher Foods, Lynn Kirsche Shapiro is on the move, with words flying from her mouth almost as fast as we’re walking. And for the next two hours, she doesn’t stop. She leaps from one story to another, telling me about the grocery her parents bought, about the…

Recipes of Courage: Part One

This past Chanukah was filled with candle lightings, latkes, matzo ball soup and gelt. My parents went to Highland Park’s main grocery store, Sunset Foods, to bring home pre-made latkes, and kept a constant supply of matzo ball soup in our fridge thanks to our favorite deli, Once Upon a Bagel – I was sick,…