29 July 2012 · 4 comments

I like a good chocolate chip cookie or brownie, but if given a choice, I am way more interested in trying new kinds of pastry. That’s why I’ve been thrilled recently to have come across kouign-amann not only once, but twice, in Chicago. More about where in a minute. The first time I tried this […]


Floriole Plum Galette

20 September 2011 · 0 comments

Sandra Holl and her staff at Floriole Bakery have gained quite a following for their rustic French pastries sold at Green City Market and at their year-and-a-half-old café. One of my favorites hands down is the crusty fruit galette that changes with the season. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Last […]


For me, Valentine’s Day without chocolate is inconceivable. So, yesterday, instead of shopping at one of my usual chocolate shops, I decided to visit the special, two-day Valentine’s pastry market at the Logan Square Kitchen, held both Saturday and Sunday, featuring local Chicago, small-batch artisans. Lacking the capital needed to build a commercial kitchen, many […]


Floriole Café & Bakery

20 October 2010 · 2 comments

How can I count the ways Floriole’s Sandra Holl has gained a loyal following? Could it be her rustic fruit galettes, sesasonal market fruit crisps, or warm bread pudding made with silky-smooth brioche that Green City Market shoppers line up for week after week? Her mile-high quiches?   Or maybe, like me, it is for the […]


Plum Kuchen

3 September 2010 · 6 comments

The arrival of late summer finds me biking to Café Selmarie for plum kuchen. One bite reminds me of why it’s worth making the seasonal trek: the simple sweet dense cake cradles sliced, juicy Italian plums curled and tinged from just the right amount of time in the oven. It’s the perfect way to bring […]


Where did June go? I have been back from my travels a few weeks now, and hitting Green City Market every Saturday morning. Gone are the English peas, asparagus, strawberries, and rhubarb! But at this unofficial mid-point of summer, local farmers are peddling the fruits and produce that early July in the Midwest brings: blueberries, […]


Just after I had posted the article below on Pierre Hermé’s pain au chocolate, I discovered I had a separate photo of his bostock from the same visit. Since I have never had or seen bostock in Chicago (or anywhere in the United States for that matter), I wanted to share this picture to give you […]


I love it when I find something where I least expect it. On a recent free afternoon, I finally got myself to Hoosier Mama Pie Company shop in West Town. I was ready for a good piece of pie, which despite it being such an all-American dessert, can be hard to find. Pie that is […]


Pasticceria Natalina

14 March 2010 · 0 comments

Note: Pasticceria Natalina is closed for business as of May 2011. The opening of Pasticceria Natalina on Valentine’s Day 2007 generated raves in the press, and soon after drove foodies to Andersonville to confirm whether all the hype was true. It was. And it still is. And it is a find. The elegant dolci here […]


Some things just seem to taste better when eaten in the right season. These warm apple cider doughnuts from Zullo’s stand at Green City Market hit the spot on chilly days as was the case on this bury-your-hands-inside-your-coat-pocket morning at Green City Market. Adriana Marzullo serves these diminutive orbs up fresh on the spot—that is, if […]

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