Dating back to 1847, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show presents 24+ feature landscapes and garden vignettes, workshops, seminars and a booming marketplace. In addition, the event features a 150-seat Garden Gourmet culinary demonstration stage that never disappoints their garden-loving guests. I am so excited to be part of the show this year on Friday,…Continue Reading “Chicago Flower and Garden Show”

Shishito Pepper Buttermilk Cornbread

Fluffy buttermilk cornbread gets a bit of Japanese flair with Blistered Shishito peppers and sesame oil. I prefer a sweeter cornbread with a hint of pepper flavor. Top with crushed black peppercorns and sesame seeds as a hint to the flavor explosion your taste buds are about to enjoy! RECIPE: Shishito Pepper Buttermilk Cornbread Ingredients: serves…Continue Reading “Shishito Pepper Buttermilk Cornbread”


Make sure your table is set not only with fabulous food this Easter, but also lots of bright pastels, cheery spring blossoms, and of course, a bunny or two. I’ve never been one to shy from patterns, especially on my table. The key to mixing patterns is color, color, color. Make sure they are complimentary in…Continue Reading “Setting the Table: Easter Entertaining”

Valentine's Day

In keeping with the single rose theme, place a single rose as the crowning star of an artificial or preserved arrangement. I am no advocate for faux flowers, but there are some high-quality specimens out there. Consider repurposing faux flowers in an arrangement by grouping them together monochromatically with their love counterparts. With a bit…Continue Reading “Grocery Store Bouquet: Gilded Rose Arrangement”