News RSS



Easy Chicken and Noodle Soup... and the Circle of Life for a Rotisserie Chicken

I continue my soup extravaganza. This one came from my attempt to replicate the chicken-noodle soup at JB’s Deli, which happens to be the best Jewish deli in Chicago, and is conveniently located across the street from us. When my youngest Finn was in pre-K, we would stop at JB’s Deli after school and get a bowl of chicken-noodle soup. One of the employees, Omar, always took care of Finn and made him a big bowl of soup and tossed in a (free) bag of potato chips. So, we now refer to their chicken-noodle soup as “Omar’s Soup.” I’ve found a quick and easy version of “Omar’s Soup” that is hitting the spot for everyone right now, especially with Chicago’s...

Continue reading →



More Healthy Soup!!!

Quick post. My healthy eating and soup obsession continues. This is truly a healthy winner. I saw something similar on FoodNetwork last week, but it included potatoes. I made it lower carb by substituting potatoes with cauliflower. The result? Perfection. Enjoy! Arugula, Cauliflower and Leek Soup 2 Tbls Olive oil 2 Leeks, thinly sliced (whites only) 4 Cups Arugula 1/2 Head of cauliflower, cubed 3 Cups Chicken Broth 4 Tbls Heavy cream at room temp (or 4 Tbls Cream Cheese; could do low-fat) Salt and Pepper Heat olive oil, sautee leeks with pinch of salt and pepper. Sautee until tender. Add chicken broth, bring to hard simmer. Add cauliflower and turn to low simmer. When cauliflower is fork tender, add...

Continue reading →



Party's over. Time for healthy eating. But wait! This is good...

Prime rib, Kansas City BBQ, twice-bake potatoes, pasta, wine, wine and more wine. This pretty much sums up my holiday eating this year. And I’m payin’ the price. So, I’m getting on the healthy eating bandwagon. Yep. I’m gonna do it. Normally, I dread healthy cooking. Mostly because it never seems as creative or challenging as my normal cooking routine. Over the past few days – since we’ve been housebound with sub-zero temps – I’ve gotten pretty creative in the kitchen. I’ve used some healhty, simple, not stringent guidelines for cooking: No meat Minimal carbs Lots of leafy greens Less dairy And since it’s been consistently freezing outside, soup was a no-brainer starting point. Soups are always comforting, easy to...

Continue reading →



How To Throw The Perfect Friendsgiving

  We’ve started a new tradition with another family to do Friendsgiving together. It’s a really special time to get together and celebrate our friendship, and all that we’ve been blessed with in the past year. There’s lots of fun for the kids, cocktails, prayers and thanks… and of course good food. What’s fun about Friendsgiving, is you can stray from the traditional Thanksgiving menu. While we keep some of the staples in place, we like to put a fun spin on dishes. The year our turkey was deconstructed and stuffed with Taleggio cheese and sage… well, let’s just say the elastic-waist pants got a workout. This year, RR4 is offering you some décor and menu ideas to throw a...

Continue reading →



Fall Sip and Style (Doing what you love)

There’s nothing more fun than brining two passions together to make a fabulous party! Recently my very talented sister-in-law came to Chicago to host a Stella & Dot party at our home. It was such fun see her in action, styling friends and helping them with their new look for fall. Even more fun was providing elegant bites and good wine for all.       I feel so fortunate to be perusing my passion for food and entertaining, and it was pure joy joining forces with my sister-in-law as she did the same as a stylist. She's REALLY good! Here’s the Menu: Italian Lettuce Wraps: Tender rotisserie chicken marinated in honey vinaigrette and tossed with capers, roasted red peppers...

Continue reading →