Greek Pasta Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Hello, my name is Jen Lask and I am a vinegar hoarder. I really do try to set myself up for success in the kitchen. Every dish, spice and bottle has its place. But I have to admit that I’ve dropped the ball on one crucial but limited spot: the pantry. You see, I’ve made…

Mint Iced Coffee

#butfirstcoffee #lattelove #coffeelover These hashtags all sum up what my friends and family already know about me: I love coffee… a latte (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself on that one!) I love getting a whiff of coffee as I take my first sip. I love the feeling of a hot mug in my hands…

Arugula-Prosciutto Pizza

If I had to choose one meat that my eye is instantly drawn to in a menu or at a grocery store, I would go with prosciutto in a heartbeat. I absolutely love the salty flavor of prosciutto. In fact, I can almost always guarantee that I’ve got a small stock of prosciutto in my…

Latte on a Lazy Day

I had an incredible – and incredibly busy – Friday taking in some of the best parts of summertime in Milwaukee. After getting off work in the morning, I went on a tour of the 2nd annual edition of Sculpture Milwaukee, which showcases more than 20 international artists right on Wisconsin Avenue – all for…

No Bake, No Hassle: Rice Krispie Treats

I try to challenge myself to make one meal or dessert each week that’s out of my comfort zone. Maybe it takes a little while longer, maybe it’s labor intensive, or maybe it’s so detailed that I need to double or triple check each step. For every hard recipe I try, I believe it’s also…

Smoked Salmon Crostini

Growing up, my family used to joke that a Highland Park deli called Once Upon a Bagel (best name ever) was our second kitchen. It’s hard to remember a weekend where we weren’t gathered around a table there, or a weekday in which our fridge wasn’t fully stocked with its bagels, cream cheese and tuna…

From Cheerios to Homemade Granola

I don’t remember much from 1998, but here’s what I do remember: the snowy day I became a big sister, my dad woke me up before dawn to drop me off at my best friend’s home across the street. He grabbed a pre-packed bag of my school clothes and threw a winter coat on over my…

Cookbook Club: Love Real Food

Well, I think it goes without saying that it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. I’ll admit, between a busy month at work and feeling a bit under the weather, I fell behind on writing for Chews and News. For me, one of the hardest parts of bouncing back after being sick is the…

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….

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…