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Make your Thanksgiving unique

   Uncategorized   November 17, 2017  Comments Off on Make your Thanksgiving unique

Thanksgiving is a week away. People are preparing for the folkloric traditional American turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, mashed or sweet potatoes, dressing, and other side dishes. Thanksgiving, unlike other American holidays, is solely devoted to food. Somewhere along the line, the attitude of…

Tryzub offers a modern twist on Ukrainian cuisine

   Uncategorized   November 10, 2017  Comments Off on Tryzub offers a modern twist on Ukrainian cuisine

Tryzub is the coat of arms and symbol of national identity of the Ukraine. It appears with the same colors as the Ukrainian flag, blue and gold. The Tryzub is a blue shield with a golden trident. Tryzub Ukrainian Kitchen is a restaurant in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood name after the…

Avoid turkey terror enjoy Thanksgiving

   Uncategorized   November 6, 2017  Comments Off on Avoid turkey terror enjoy Thanksgiving

It is that time of fear. Thanksgiving is three weeks away. A time of angst and anxiety. Turkey terror is looming like a predatory pterodactyl. Family cooks are fretting, curled in fetal positions. Fear grips their bowels. For some strange reason, people suffer panic attacks over Thanksgiving. They fear criticism,…

National Sandwich Day

   Uncategorized   November 2, 2017  Comments Off on National Sandwich Day

November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, or as we say in Chicago, sanguich or sammich. The sandwich. Slices of bread with food in between. There are many tales of the origin of this wonderful dish. No matter its history, America made the sandwich famous. From the humble slice of baloney…

‘Wasted! The Story of Food Waste’ is a must see documentary

   Uncategorized ,,,,,,   October 14, 2017  Comments Off on ‘Wasted! The Story of Food Waste’ is a must see documentary

Anthony Bourdain’s Zero Point Zero documentary, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” is a must watch film. It is compelling, informative, and important. This is one documentary everyone should see. Rent it on a live stream, buy the DVD, or see it at the movies. Real cooks hate to waste…

Parkview Diner a quirky great place in Pilsen

   Uncategorized   October 1, 2017  Comments Off on Parkview Diner a quirky great place in Pilsen

I love quirky little joints to eat or drink in. I read about the Parkview sometime back. After wandering around the Pilsen neighborhood today, I decided to have lunch there. The Parkview is small on the verge of being tiny. There are no tables, just a counter that zig-zags around…

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…