Fresh Raspberries

    Walking the Green Path: An Abundance of Raspberries

    As a café owner, most of my time is spent being concerned about scarcity; but at times I can see that what we do have to share happens by tending to the things that matter.

    Highlights from Umami's 2016

    Umami’s Best Stories and Recipes from 2016

    Here’s a quick rundown of the most delicious food we ate and interesting places we went during this past year at Umami.

    Grilled cheese going headlong into tomato soup

    Tomato Soup

    This is a simple, quick tomato soup recipe full of fresh vegetables that brings interesting flavors and textures together to create a hearty tomato soup. This tomato soup pairs perfectly with chilly days and plates full of grilled cheese.

    Kale salad with lemon dressing

    Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

    The light, citrusy flavors of the salad along with the protein of the garbanzo beans, make this kale salad recipe a perfect choice for summertime lunches.

    Greek Farmers Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

    Greek Farmers Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

    Loaded with bright red tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, feta, and really good olives this Greek farmers salad recipe helped me learn that fresh ingredients don’t need a lot of dressing up to be delicious.

    Spanish Rice

    Spanish Rice

    Making Spanish rice from scratch is easy to do, tastes better, and is a lot healthier than buying a mix full of words you can’t pronounce. This Spanish rice recipe gets its flavors from a few simple spices and sautéing…

    Chef Joan Casas’ Paella Recipe

    Chef Joan Casas’ Paella Recipe

    Chef Joan Casas’ paella recipe has the kind of unique twists and turns that can only come from someone who has made thousands of paellas over the years.

    Natural Food Labels

    What Does the Word Natural Really Mean on Food Labels?

    Lots of food companies use the word natural to describe their products, but what does natural really mean and can it help you eat healthier?

    BBQ Ribs Being Finished on the Grill

    How to Use the Flip, Fire, and Paint Technique for Even More Delicious Barbecue

    The secret to delicious barbecue is using the flip, fire, and paint technique to apply BBQ sauce in thin layers using the heat from the grill to sear it on and crisp everything up.

    Super Bowl Eatsl

    How to Do Some Good with Your Super Bowl Party

    What kind of impact could we have if everyone used their Super Bowl parties to have fun and fight hunger?

    In the garden at The Spice House

    Stopping by The Spice House

    If you’re looking for a fun place to learn about and buy fresh spices check out The Spice House.  They’ve got great tips about cooking trends and how to keep your spices fresh. 

    Plates of delicious gnocchi

    Learning to Cook Italian with Chiara

    No fantasy of Tuscany is complete without an Italian teaching me their mother’s secret recipes while we roll out dough and hang noodles on clotheslines to dry in the sun.

    The Third Plate explore the sustainability of our food system

    Review – The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

    What makes Dan Barbar’s book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, so compelling is how Barber combines his knowledge of being a chef with an openness to explore the nature of his ingredients.

    Folks on a Chicago Food Planet Food Tour

    An Inside Look at Chicago Food Planet and What it Takes to Run A Food Tour In Chicago

    When you travel to Chicago these days, there’s a good chance that taking a food tour is somewhere on your list of possible adventures. What most people don’t know is everything that goes into starting a food tour.

    Downtown Chicago on a fall evening

    At the Bar: What Umami is All About

    In this At the Bar column, I talk about Umami’s approach to storytelling, what our goals are, and how we’re working to become an essential publication for people interested in food and drink.