I'm a cook who is crazy enough to be in the kitchen in Chicago, a city of ten thousand great restaurants! I've been a writer for men's fitness magazines and lived in Kansas City and Denver in the past.

The reason I write about side dishes is this: a good cut of meat or fish can shine on its own with little adornment, and dessert is easy--who doesn't love sugar and/or fat? So I say make the side dish sizzle. It's also healthier, because you are more likely eating vegetables and whole grains in the side dish.