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Food safety for summer parties

   Uncategorized   May 22, 2017  Comments Off on Food safety for summer parties

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 for various occasions….

The General in Logan Square is a corporal

   Uncategorized   May 16, 2017  Comments Off on The General in Logan Square is a corporal

The General and Mercantile in Logan Square bills itself as providing Southern comfort food along with tacos. On a recent outing with a dining companion, I was underwhelmed. First, since this was a last minute outing and a Saturday, I tried to call to see if reservations would be necessary…

Something simple broccoli and shells

   Uncategorized   May 7, 2017  Comments Off on Something simple broccoli and shells

Broccoli and shells is one of the simplest dishes you can make. If you can boil water, follow package directions for pasta, and the simple directions for the rest, you can be a kitchen hero is less than one-half hour. The longest time is how long it takes to boil the…

A chip off the old block

   Uncategorized   April 25, 2017  Comments Off on A chip off the old block

My daughter recently informed me she tried Lengua and Menudo at some Mexican restaurants. She loved the dishes. For the uninformed, Lengua is beef tongue, Menudo is tripe soup. She also told me she wanted to make beef tongue. I will giver her my recipe. My daughter is a chip off the old block….

Sanguinaccio dolce is a bloody good treat

   Uncategorized   April 22, 2017  1,991 Comments

I remember eating Czernina years ago in Polish restaurants. Czernina, also called Czarnina, is a sweet and sour duck blood soup. It is made with duck blood, poultry broth, vinegar, sugar, and other flavoring ingredients. I also eat blood sausage when I can find it. One of the ultimate blood…

Broken English Taco Pub speaks my language

   Uncategorized   April 18, 2017  Comments Off on Broken English Taco Pub speaks my language

One thing missing downtown for decades was a good, standalone, Mexican restaurant. Broken English Taco Pub on Lake Street, between Wabash and Michigan Avenues, brings Mexican food to the Loop. Unlike Chicago’s traditional Mexican restaurants, the menu is limited to what they do well. Looking at other diners, the tacos…

Pork loin stuffed with Korean blood sausage

   Uncategorized   April 12, 2017  Comments Off on Pork loin stuffed with Korean blood sausage

Blood sausage sounds weird but tastes good. I have been eating it in one form or another for as long as I can remember. Blood sausage is made from animal blood, usually pork, and filling. The filling can be oats, barley, rice, onions, offal, or other local cereals, vegetables, or…

Create memories with holiday feasts

   Uncategorized   April 2, 2017  Comments Off on Create memories with holiday feasts

“…so much of life…is about trying to grab and hold memories…” (Rick Kogan/The Maestro/Chicago Tribune Magazine) As we get older we cherish memories. They are our lifeline to our past. This is especially true during holiday seasons. Our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and others are gone. Cousins are spread across the…

What do you expect in Chicago?

   Uncategorized   March 28, 2017  1,302 Comments

Chicago is a great food town. We have food choices from the four corners of the world. From great steak houses to hole in the wall joints serving just one or two items. When I go out to eat, I only expect three things. No matter if it is a…

Decadent mac and cheese for comfort

   Uncategorized   March 18, 2017  Comments Off on Decadent mac and cheese for comfort

Mac and cheese is one of the staple comfort foods. From the Kraft boxed version to the numerous variations of stovetop and baked. It is creamy, cheesy and filling. The basic recipe is cheap eats, as are the boxed versions. Mac and cheese recipes date back to 14th Century Italy….