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Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto

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Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto – Learning about the origination of Rumi Spice, it’s founders and how to harvest and use saffron in recipes like Saffron Risotto.

When you hear that a spice company was created by 4 military officers with Harvard and West Point backgrounds, what would you imagine the product is? If I told you that the company, Rumi Spice, works with Afghan farmers to bring the highest quality saffron to us, would you realize that their mission is to cultivate peace in Afghanistan? You would be right if you said yes.Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto kimberly jung keith alvarezI had the distinct pleasure of being invited to a dinner held at The Blanchard Restaurant in Chicago to learn about the company’s origination and more specifically how to use saffron in your dishes.… Read more

Parmigiano Reggiano: Understanding the King of all Cheeses

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Parmesan and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese? I decided to do some research to better understand this storied and delicious cheese.

parmigiano reggiano

There are a number of characteristics that define Parmigiano Reggiano:

  • The only Parmesan – it means of/from Parma, Italy.
  • It is lactose free.
  • There are only a little more than 300 producers.
  • Rich in high quality, easily digestible proteins.
  • There are 900 years of tradition.
  • There are only three ingredients: raw cow’s milk, rennet, sea salt.
  • It has a PDO or Protected Designation of Origin.

The naming aspect makes total sense when you consider the history of this cheese.… Read more

Celebrating Labor Day Weekend with Very Berry Iced Tea Popsicles

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As Labor Day approaches, it may cross your mind that summery cold drinks are no longer as welcome as hot beverages. But that is so not true! The calendar may say one thing but the warm weather tells us another. If you like tea as much as I do, then you are going to enjoy these popsicles with a more unique flavor profile. 

TetleyVery Berry Ice Tea Popsicles

You may be familiar with Tetley teas since they have been around for more than 170 years. Originating in England, the company grows tea in over 35 different countries around the world.  They have an Iced Tea Blend that makes not only a refreshing glass of ice tea but also works beautifully in these Very Berry Iced Tea Popsicles. 


This recipe is a real mix of fresh summer fruits like raspberries and blueberries and the juiciest of lemons. Everyone knows of that famous golfer (Arnold Palmer) and his namesake iced tea and lemonade blend.… Read more

Tequila Marinated Chicken Salad with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing

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It may be the end of August but vegetables are still fresh and crisp making for the ideal salad on these warm days. Creating new versions every day can be challenging but not when you have flavorful salad dressings from Litehouse brands. If you are from Idaho, you may have heard of the Hawkins family who owned the Hurschell’s Lighthouse restaurant more than 50 years ago. Since then, their Litehouse salad dressings have won over both adults and kids nationwide with their robust taste and multitude of uses.

Jalapeno Ranch Chicken Salad

Litehouse dressings are found in the refrigerated section of your grocery stores. Each variety is in a glass bottle, keeping the dressing cold and ultra fresh tasting.… Read more

Country Music and BBQ Shine at Windy City Smokeout Festival

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As anyone who pays attention to the weather knows, winter in Chicago means one of hibernation. But summertime is another story. We are outdoors. Every day, if possible. One of the many reasons to love living in a city like Chicago are the vast assortment of summer festivals. Chicago has an abundance of them throughout the summer whether food, sports, art or music. No matter where you live, you will find one near you. In its fourth year, one of the most recent food festivals to pop up is Windy City Smokeout.

Country Music and BBQ Shine at Windy City Smokeout Festival

With the 23 Country music bands playing over the course of the weekend, attendees had the opportunity to listen to their favorites throughout the festival.… Read more

9 Best Chicago Ice Cream, Custard and Gelato Shops

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To this day, whenever someone asks you to get ice cream, does the ice cream jingle automatically start playing in your head? You know, the one that goes: “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” I had never put much thought into why I think about that jingle or when I started reciting it until my friend must have finally heard it enough to ask me why. It got me thinking… after a few good reminiscing minutes, I proposed this question to my friend:

When you were a kid and you heard that beloved ice cream truck song, what did you do?Read more

How to Blend Your Own Olive Oil

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The word “profile” can have a multitude of implications. Its use extends from someone’s Facebook page to food’s specific taste and all the way to the signature of a suspect being tracked by the stars of Criminal Minds. Despite the various applications of the word, they all have the same purpose: to describe something unique and particular.  My use of the word “profile” is strictly in terms of food – more specifically, the flavor profiles of olive oil. 

How to Blend Olive Oil

Walking into a grocery store and seeing the vast number of bottles of olive oil on the shelves may be overwhelming. The following information is intended to clarify how to best interpret the labels on each bottle.… Read more

Exploring The Taste of Chicago Festival

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“Summer, fun and food” could only mean Taste of Chicago, the world’s largest free food and music festival held in Grant Park along the gorgeous lakefront. 69 restaurants including food trucks and pop-up restaurants from across Chicagoland offered their signature dishes in full size and Taste portions. The Petrillo Music Shell hosting musical artists The Roots, Kongos, The Decemberists, Billy Idol and The Isley Brothers each evening of the fest. 

Chicago's Most Popular Summer Food Festival

As the culinary scene expands so do the diverse items being offered. You will find everything from classic food festival items, ethnic cuisine, sweet treats and gourmet choices.


 

 

Chicago's Most Popular Summer Food Festival

Sweet treats:

Chicago's Most Popular Summer Food Festival

 

Chicago's Most Popular Summer Food Festival

Some adventures choices from Chicago’s Dog House: Alligator smoked sausage and Rattlesnake, rabbit and pork sausage

Chicago's Most Popular Summer Food Festival

In case you thought food was brought to the festival already made…..Vee Vee’s African Restaurant is grilling the chicken in front of you!… Read more

National Restaurant Association Show 2016 Trend Report

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When you bring together a vast group of restaurant, hospitality and foodservice people, you will undoubtedly see a passion for the industry and the opportunity to learn something. This experience took place recently at the 2016 National Restaurant and BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) show held at McCormick Place in Chicago.

nra bar show trends report

 


The NRA Show increased in size from last year without question from an exhibitor and registrant perspective. There were more than 67.000 registrants from around the world in attendance. While this show is not designed for consumers to attend, the outcome of what is learned and shared at this show plays a role in what we encounter when visiting restaurants and utilizing food service locations.… Read more

Sustainable Atlantic Sapphire Salmon

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Did you make a resolution to eat healthy this year? So many of us try to make smart decisions when it comes to food choices but it can get so confusing. We know that salmon is good for us but heard that it is being overfished and thus potentially declining in availability.

Inspiring Kitchen Atlantic Salmon

For that reason alone, I was intrigued to learn about a brand of salmon that is producing a delicious, nutritious and sustainable salmon. We know a number of things about salmon in general. Being low in calories and saturated fats while also containing high levels of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is considered extremely nutritious.… Read more