Recipe: Southern Style White Cheddar Shrimp and Grits

I absolutely love shrimp and grits, but because I’m lactose intolerant, there’s only so much of it I can eat. Basically, how much do I want my tummy to be pissed off at me! This recipe is rich, but not as rich as it could be with tons of different cheeses and cream. What’s important is there’s butter, some cheese, and tons of flavors! Even better, I’m using ingredients that…

Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Pork Chops

Let me tell you, I love pork chops.  Yeah they’re bad for me, but they taste so good.  A lot of folks, especially in the black community stay away from pork. It may have something to do with an old bible verse. Anyway, I always think of it as the “other white meat”, at least that’s what they say in the commercials.  I can eat pork chops fried, sautéed, baked,…

Recipe: Crispy Southern Fried Chicken Wings

Fried chicken is one of America’s favorite food to eat, along with hot dogs, ice cream, and apple pie. There’s so many styles of chicken wings, bbq, grilled, sauced, or not sauced, but fried chicken wings are probably my favorite.  They’re easy to eat and you don’t have to worry about overcooking them like chicken breast, or undercooking them like chicken legs. Every year, there are multiple festivals in the…

Recipe: Deconstructed Peach Dumplings

I’ve been using a popular Peach Dumpling recipe I found on Pinterest for several years. Today, I decided to do something a little different – using part of the dumpling recipe but constructing it like a peach cobbler. For one, I don’t have to worry about unraveling the crescent rolls perfectly and then wrapping up the perfect peach slices.  That’s just too much work, and my family really doesn’t care….

Recipe: Creamy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is my go-to meal for quick side dishes. It’s a holiday favorite with the family. You can’t have a barbeque or a Thanksgiving meal without it. While mac and cheese is supposed to be cheesy, it shouldn’t be that you’re eating all cheese. I’m not a fan of six to eight different cheeses in one meal.  Having a couple is enough for me. It’s taken me a…

Foodie Sheltering in Place during the Coronavirus

It’s June and during this time of the year, Chicago has many neighborhood food festivals to satisfy tastebuds. Unfortunately because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all food festivals have been canceled in the Chicago area.  Yes, it’s been hard for this foodie. While many communities are sheltering in place, Chicago is slowly starting to re-open a lot of its restaurants for sit-down service. Although some communities have been awarded the opportunity…

Recipe: Cajun and Lemon Pepper Salmon [Keto Friendly]

This salmon recipe is one of my favorite go-to meals on Sundays. It only takes about 17 – 20 minutes to complete. I usually serve the fish with pasta and sautéed cabbage or roasted asparagus. Plus if there are leftovers, I like to use the fish to make salmon croquettes! Quick and easy to make oven-baked salmon.

Soul Crab Chicago

UPDATE: As of February 10,  2020… Soul Crab Chicago closed, but if you can still read about my experience from the grand opening back in September 2019. I know, it’s only September, but I truly believe Soul Crab Chicago is the best southern dining restaurant I’ve visited in 2019! The food, the chef, the ambiance, the music… ok I could just go on and on with how much I love…

Batter & Berries

“Deliciousness”, “My Happy Place”, “Savoriness under the Sun” are just a few ways to describe Batter & Berries. Located in the trendy Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, it’s a nice go-to brunch spot, especially during the week, when the street parking is more accessible. Batter & Berries has its regular menu of pancakes, french toast, waffles, deconstructed omelets, and sandwiches, but the special items are found on its Instagram account….