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Vienna Beef celebrates 125 years of business in Chicago

   Uncategorized   July 31, 2018  No Comments

Since the early days of Chicago, the city was a haven for immigrants. Between 1850-1860 40% of the city was German or Irish. By 1900, 1,000,000 out of a population of 1,698,575, was foreign-born. Chicago is a city of immigrants and their descendants. Immigrants made vast contributions to Chicago. Their…

Some of my favorite places to eat

   Uncategorized   June 27, 2018  1 Comment

People always ask about my favorite places to eat. This is a tough question, as I eat in all types of places. From fine dining to hole in the wall places that are difficult to find. Since I was asked by a friend the other day, I will attempt to…

Au revoir Anthony Bourdain

   Uncategorized   June 8, 2018  No Comments

“We ask very simple questions: What makes you happy? What do you eat? What do you like to cook? And everywhere in the world we go and ask these very simple questions,” he said, “we tend to get some really astonishing answers.” (Anthony Bourdain, 2013/NY Post) CNN reported that celebrity…

What makes a great burger

   Uncategorized   May 27, 2018  1 Comment

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” (Wimpy/Popeye the Sailor) A few years ago, I was hungry after a photo shoot. I went to have lunch at a popular neighborhood restaurant known for their ribs, steaks, and sandwiches. I order their signature burger, though it was pricey. It…

Play it safe with outdoor parties this summer

   Uncategorized   May 15, 2018  6 Comments

It is that time of year again. The hot muggy weather will soon be upon us. Grills will be fired up. People will be having backyard barbecues or hosting picnics in various venues. There will be graduation parties, outdoor wedding showers, weekend barbecues, picnics, and catered parties. There is one…

Food is more so much more

   Uncategorized   May 7, 2018  6 Comments

A tamale is not just a tamale. It is part of the ingrained food culture of Mexico and to some extent the food culture of the American Southwest and later, the South. Fried chicken is not just fried chicken. It has deep roots in the food culture of the American…

Teaching children acceptance through food

   Uncategorized   April 25, 2018  6 Comments

I hate the word tolerance. Tolerance is for unruly pets and toddlers. It not for educating people about acceptance. We should never tolerate people because of who they are. Tolerance is a demeaning word. We should preach acceptance. Accept people for who they are. We live in a time where we,…

Corned beef rice skillet with olives, mushrooms, and kimchi

   Uncategorized   April 17, 2018  6 Comments

Chicago Tribune food and feature columnist, Bill Daley, shared a 2012 column, “Ham-it-up skillet Hamming it up with a childhood favorite,” on Facebook recently. The column was about a childhood meal his mother cooked to satisfy the family’s tastes and food boredom. According to Mr. Daley, she found the recipe in the…

Pasta with peas, asparagus, and tomatoes

   Uncategorized   April 10, 2018  Comments Off on Pasta with peas, asparagus, and tomatoes

Spring is finally here, with cold winds and snow on the ground. It is time for some bright colors and flavors. I like simple dishes that are fast and easy to prepare. This dish appeals to the eye and taste buds. It is quick and easy to make. I use…

A corned beef sandwich is blah but a corned beef sanguich is heavenly

   Uncategorized   March 16, 2018  Comments Off on A corned beef sandwich is blah but a corned beef sanguich is heavenly

OK, there you are, staring at the leftover corned beef from St. Patrick’s day. It is the same situation after every holiday. Staring at left-over meat or poultry. Thinking about making the same blah sandwiches. Slather some mayo or mustard on rye, pile on the meat, and eat the same…