Traditionally, pork carnitas are cooked in lard – delicious, but perhaps not the best way to fuel up for a long run. This recipe relies on a bit of olive oil, the fat in the pork shoulder, beer and citrus to achieve a tender braise without the lard. That’s not to say it’s a lean protein, but a small amount packs a lot of flavor, and on a corn tortilla it’s a great vehicle for plenty of healthy toppings. Continue reading
From the time I was three to about eight years old, my family lived in a tiny house with what felt like a massive backyard with big trees where we could run wild. In the spring and summer, my sister and I would pick tender stalks of rhubarb from the garden, dip them in a bit of sugar in a repurposed yogurt cup and eat them raw.
I maintain that Chicago is the best food city in the country, but when it comes to ambiance, northern California wins. From shuck-your-own oysters on Tomales Bay to In-N-Out Burger after a long hike, to a wine-filled picnic in a Sonoma vineyard, when I’m there I find myself thinking at regular intervals, “BEST DAY EVER.”
Adapted from Bon Appetit, this Cioppino gets additional flavor from homemade stock and a little bacon, and substitutes tasty clams for squid. Serves 6-8. Continue reading
One of my favorite meals, perfect for the night before a race or long training run. Continue reading
When your brother is a classically trained chef, your sister is an impressive baker and cake decorator, and your mother used to own a catering business, you don’t mess around with holiday meals.
We have a few traditions – Dad makes cocktails and breaks out the good wine, Mom makes tourtiere, a French-Canadian savory pie with pork, mushrooms, and sage – but the holidays are also a rare occasion to cook together and get creative.
I was a little skeptical of Eataly at first – the idea of heading downtown and fighting tourists hungry for Nutella and pizza was not appealing – but I was so wrong. Since Eataly Chicago opened, we find any excuse (birthdays, parents in town, Tuesday…) to have a leisurely, boozy meal and buy fresh pasta to cook at home.