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,…

Gluten-Free Icebox Cake

Let me start by saying this may be the only time you’ll hear me talk glowingly about something with the word “icebox” in it while the temperature outside is below zero. My mom introduced me to an icebox cake recipe at my family’s Chanukah party last month – and yes, as you may remember, I…

Top Chews and News of 2017

It’s hard to believe 2017 is almost over! The year flew by for me, largely thanks to the launch of Chews and News. Since my first post in May, I’ve had some fantastic opportunities to meet amazing people in the food industry, try tons of delicious dishes and to make some fun meals of my…

Pear Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

For as much as I enjoy finding challenging recipes to try on the weekends when I have more free time, on the weekdays, it’s all about convenience. From slow cookers to yogurts to sandwiches, I try to do as little work as possible, but I still want healthy results. That’s not always an easy combination…

More than Just Salad

It’s a resolution most of us make around this time of the year. “Next year, I’m going to make healthier choices.” Well, this year, I got a little early motivation for accomplishing my New Year’s Resolution, thanks to a visit to Just Salad in Chicago. Just Salad is a healthy, organic company with locations across…

Down the Rabbit Hole

Milwaukee may be where I found a way to express my love for food and drinks, but Louisville is certainly where it all developed. From the Bourbon Trail to the burst of new restaurants that emerged in NuLu and on Frankfort Avenue during my two years there, it was hard not to fall in love…

Second FreshFin Poké Location Opens in Historic Third Ward

This summer, I visited FreshFin Poké for the first time at its original North Avenue location. I ordered the Mango Tango and totally fell in love with the place. So, when I heard it was opening a second location in the Third Ward at the Landmark Building, I was over the moon. And yes, as the…

Lakefront Brewery Prepares for Black Friday

It’s one of the most “Milwaukee” stories I’ve seen: Thousands of people, lined up in the cold outside overnight to buy three bottles of Lakefront Brewery’s Black Friday Beer. The doors open at 8:00am, but Lakefront’s tour manager, Dylan Mazurkiewicz, says when people get kicked out of bars around 2:00am, they show up to get in…

Thanksgiving Pies Ready to Order at Troubadour Bakery

I recently took a poll of my Instagram followers to find out how many preferred baking or ordering pie for their Thanksgiving meals. Although more leaned toward baking, it quickly became easy to see why bakeries are so busy leading up to Thanksgiving – with the turkey, the stuffing, the yams, the gravy, the green…