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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…

A bite of Szechuan brings a modern twist to classic cuisine

   Uncategorized   July 4, 2017  Comments Off on A bite of Szechuan brings a modern twist to classic cuisine

Szechuan province is one of the eight food regions of China. Located in the southwest portion of the continent, Szechuan cuisine is known for its deep rich flavors and hot, spicy, and numbing tastes. Sichuan pepper is used as well as black, chilis, and chili broad bean paste. Garlic, shallots, and…

Sweet and spicy coleslaw

   Uncategorized   June 24, 2017  Comments Off on Sweet and spicy coleslaw

Coleslaw is one of those summertime staples. It is a great accompaniment to barbecue, grilled, and smoked meats. It is great on pulled pork sanguiches too. On a hot humid summer, day it is a great salad on its own. It is cool, crunchy, and smooth. But, it gets boring….

Milk rum punch was a successful experiment.

   Uncategorized   June 17, 2017  Comments Off on Milk rum punch was a successful experiment.

During the mid to late 1700’s, most booze was rather harsh. Barrel aged beverages contained high levels of tannins causing off flavors. Ben Franklin, who had an affinity for good drink, is credited with using science to take the harshness and tannins out. Others credit various people. How it came about…

Cold tomato yogurt mint soup

   Uncategorized   June 13, 2017  Comments Off on Cold tomato yogurt mint soup

Tomatoes. Those lovely members of the nightshade family come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Tomatoes were originally grown as ornamental plants until somebody decided to taste one. Then all hell broke loose. Tomato sauce, Caprese salad, and pizza were invented. In spring and summer, recipes for gazpacho, vichyssoise, and fruit…