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Enough with the pumpkin spice craze already

   Uncategorized   September 19, 2017  Comments Off on Enough with the pumpkin spice craze already

I love pumpkin pie, homemade or from a great bakery. I do not need pumpkin spiced everything in my life during autumn. In 2003, Starbucks came out with pumpkin spiced latte. The pumpkin spice craze began and has not abated. Every autumn our eyes and minds are assaulted with pumpkin spice…

Eggplant and chickpea stew with tomatoes is a versatile dish

   Uncategorized   September 4, 2017  Comments Off on Eggplant and chickpea stew with tomatoes is a versatile dish

Eggplant and tomatoes are part of the nightshade family. They go very well together. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are prevalent throughout European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cuisines. They can be eaten with some oil, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, and garlic like a salad, made into humus, added to…

Balsamic marinated sirloin steak

   Uncategorized   August 30, 2017  Comments Off on Balsamic marinated sirloin steak

Last week, I made a flank steak marinated in a Balsamic vinegar dressing. The tangy flavor was amazing. I thought I would try it on a top sirloin steak since it was on sale. Sirloin steak, also known as sirloin strip or top sirloin, is often ignored due to the popularity…

Balsamic marinade gives flank steak a tangy surprise

   Uncategorized   August 26, 2017  Comments Off on Balsamic marinade gives flank steak a tangy surprise

The other day, the grocery store had flank steak on sale. Flank steak is a flavorful cut of beef. If cooked and sliced properly, it is one of the best pieces of meat you can eat. The flank steak comes from the rear belly portion of the cow. The grain of…

BBQ jackfruit ‘pulled pork’ is a decent analog for meat

   Uncategorized   August 16, 2017  Comments Off on BBQ jackfruit ‘pulled pork’ is a decent analog for meat

Meatless Mondays are becoming a fad. Former carnivores who turned vegetarian or vegan are looking for meals having the same taste and texture of meat. Some people celebrate certain religious holidays by abstaining from meat. There are all kinds of pseudo meat products on the market including burgers and hot…

Watermelon salad with olives and cheese

   Uncategorized   August 5, 2017  Comments Off on Watermelon salad with olives and cheese

Nothing says summer like watermelon. When I was a young boy, the best watermelons were sold off farm trucks in Italian and African American neighborhoods. My father used to drive to Polk and Western Streets to buy watermelons on weekends. The truck usually parked in front of or near a…

Left Coast in River North does fast healthy food right

   Uncategorized   August 1, 2017  Comments Off on Left Coast in River North does fast healthy food right

Chicago’s River North area has many so-called healthy food restaurants. They range from trendy to near pretentious fine dining. The menus are similar, ingredient wise. Grain bowls, vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free, choices of proteins, animal or vegan, grains, along with so-called super foods and arrays of smoothies or…

Making the grocery store your friend is a good thing

   Uncategorized   July 27, 2017  Comments Off on Making the grocery store your friend is a good thing

A friend showed off some of his grilling skills on Facebook. He put up a picture of pork chops with store bought seasonings used as a rub, and a store bought grilling glaze. My friend was concerned that pitmasters and other cooks would criticize his choice. Why the concern? There is…

Heinz is Chicago’s Red Menace resist and revolt

   Uncategorized   July 18, 2017  Comments Off on Heinz is Chicago’s Red Menace resist and revolt

How low can you go? How sneaky and devious can you get? How sinful can you be? Just ask Heinz. They want Chicagoans to put ketchup on their hot dogs. They repackaged ketchup into Chicago Dog Sauce. The label, which looks just like the ketchup label, bears the four stars…

Thai peanut sauce

   Uncategorized   July 11, 2017  Comments Off on Thai peanut sauce

You enjoy peanut sauce in Thai restaurants with chicken satay or spring rolls. The sauce is easy to make. There are two versions, cooked and processed in a blender or food processor. I find the cooked is better as you have more control over the consistency. Also, if you are…