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…

Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery to Open Second Location in Wauwatosa

Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery will be opening a second location in Wauwatosa this summer. The cafe’s newest spot, opening no later than August 1st, will be in the former Milwaukee Career College building at the corner of Highway 100 and Burleigh. “There are a lot of things going in this building that are all…

A Taste of Peru in Rogers Park

It’s 11:30pm as we trudge back to my mom’s car, our stomachs full. We sit in silence for a moment or two, soaking in all the food and stories we heard over the last four hours. Four hours. My mom finally speaks. “It’s like he’s lived five lives,” she says in amazement. I nod, thinking…

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….

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…