March 31, 2008

If Spring Isn’t Here Yet, I’m Going To Keep Cooking Winter Food

Bowls of Ribollita

This post is my protest to Mother Nature. As Hillary mentioned last week, the first day of Spring in Chicago came and went without so much as a break in the cold temperatures or a pause in the snow. We’re still quite cold and dreary here. And even though our loyal Cub’s fans are willing to pretend it’s baseball weather, I don’t think I’ll be in that mentality until I see some sunshine.

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March 28, 2008

Food In The News: Weekly Roundup

Matzo Mayhem - Manischewitz, the largest producer of matzo for Passover won’t be ready in time for Passover due to trouble with new machinery. Get excited for grocery store fights!

Shoestring budget = gourmet?? – Renowned chefs demonstrate that $40 in ingredients can go a long way!

Reality of food reality – Is it the food or the competition factor that drives us to watch countless cooking competitions?

Umami undertaking – Chefs capitalize on less widely known “fifth sense” of flavor.

Olive oil tasting – Is olive oil the new wine?? It’s fastly becoming so!

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March 27, 2008

Top Chef Chicago Watch: Episode #3

This week’s episode was all about “the neighborhood” and Chicago is full of neighborhoods. Challenged by reinventing a Mexican staple into fine dining, and catering a block party by stealing ingredients from the neighbors, these chefs discover that good camaraderie and teamwork doesn’t always pay off, unfortunately.

Find out what we think about the judge’s decisions. Warning: Spoilers after the jump!

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How to Make A Chicago Hot Dog

Not only is Chicago known for its deep dish pizza, but the city is also big on its Chicago style hot dogs!

But what’s so special about a Chicago hot dog? Watch the video below to find out!

Thank you to Brian, owner of Cooker’s Red Hots for showing us how to make a Chicago Hot Dog!

Cooker’s Red Hots
469 Lake Cook Rd.
Deerfield, IL 60015

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