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,…

Twisted Cookie

One day I was on Facebook and saw that my sister-in-law and niece were getting some speciality drinks at Twisted Cookie. The name quickly grabbed my attention. I had never heard of it before, however I knew that the next time I was near the west side of Chicago, I had to keep driving further west to Forest Park and Twisted Cookie. Well, the display case has a lot to…

Lexington Betty Smokehouse

I first saw Lexington Betty Smokehouse featured on Chicago’s Best tv show.  Although they have two locations on the far West and South regions of Chicago, I was more excited to see that the owner was a black woman and was using a smoking technique to cook her food.  Plus the sides and desserts didn’t look bad too!  For my first visit I wanted to try everything, however their menu…

Surf’s Up South Shore

I generally don’t eat a lot of food from the South Shore neighborhood, but Surf’s Up South Shore appeared a few times in my Instagram feed so I decided to give it a try.   According to the website, the restaurant serves cajun and creole style seafood. As it’s lunch time and I need a quick bite before my next remote meeting, I go the catfish special.   Also featured on The…

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….