The Food and Wine Hedonist

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Crazy Easy Tomato Sauce

What’s with all those cooking videos that pop-up all the time on Facebook?   You know the ones – less than a minute long,  sped-up videos of two hands making … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · 8 Comments

Bringing Chicago Back To Ann Arbor

After my cousin and I wrapped up our breakfast at Dove’s Luncheonette, we had some time to kill.  We decided to head over to Costco to check out their booze … Continue reading

October 5, 2016 · 7 Comments

My Chance Meeting With Mario Batali: An (Almost) Dream Come True

I just met Mario Batali walking on a street in downtown Ann Arbor.  It was a dream come true.  Well, almost.  My real dream is to have Mario as a … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 23 Comments

Scottsdale Eats: Olive and Ivy

On the second night of our second trip to Scottsdale, Boom Boom had a work dinner so couldn’t come out with us. So Mini-Me and I had ourselves a bit … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 7 Comments

Some Love for the Italians on this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend – Again

I was just in Chicago this past weekend and totally forgot about it being St Patrick’s Day weekend.  I was going to write up a new post for St Patrick’s, … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 14 Comments

Porchetta Three Ways

I knew that title would get your attention.  It’s not what you think. Perv. Porchetta isn’t some gorgeous model with questionable virtues we met while clubbing in New York. It’s … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 11 Comments

Garlic Scapes 2.0

Garlic scapes are back in season and I picked up a bunch last weekend at the Farmers’ Market.  If you don’t have a market near you, they also have them … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · 11 Comments

Some Love for the Italians on this St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

I used to celebrate St Patrick’s Day like a madman.  As a recent college graduate living in Chicago’s Yuppieville, there was no way to avoid an Irish-style pub – Kincaid’s, … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · 17 Comments

What Three Things Are Always In Your Refrigerator?

In every issue, Bon Appétit magazine features a Q&A with a celebrity asking about his or her quirky food habits and favorite things to eat. Until a few years ago, … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 289 Comments

Food is Love: Pasta with Sauce and Meatballs

They say food is love. Especially the Italians. As if this fact needs proof, consider where my Aunt Rose recently found some childhood letters I’d sent to my Grandmother Vincentia. … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 21 Comments