By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Oct 29, 2019 at 1:01 PM

It's time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we'll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, who's winners we will dish out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee!

What do chefs shop for at local markets? That's the question we're exploring in this new video series in which we give chefs $50 to spend at area grocers and farmers markets.

This week, we talked with Adija Greer Smith, owner of the Confectionately Yours bakery in Sherman Phoenix about her go-to pantry items for baking. She shares her tips on how to save money (and when to stick with established, proven brands) and walks us through a host of desserts you can make with just a few basic staples.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.