April 30, 2008

Chicago Food Giveaway Contest

Contest

Readers, you’ve given us so much over the last year, so now it’s our turn to give something to you! We’d like to present our very first Chew on That giveaway contest!

Through our continual Top Chef Chicago coverage and our video on How To Make a Chicago Hot Dog, you may have guessed we’re just a little bit proud of our Chicago heritage. So now, in order to give you a REAL Taste of Chicago we’re giving away a Lou Malnati’s™ “Tastes of Chicago” Ultimate Chicago Taste Combo with a value of $89.95!

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April 29, 2008

Grilling and “Chill”ing

Much like Maxine, I took part in my own grilling extravaganza recently. The minute the sun came out and it was bearable to be outside for more than 5 minutes, I took to our poor little grill that had just endured the harsh cold and snows of Chicago winter. After a 6-7 month hiatus, it was quite happy to be back on its feet again, but not as happy as I was to eat: grilled asparagus, grilled corn, grilled hot dogs, and grilled zucchini. YUM!

Now, this particular incident happened some two weeks ago (before Passover) and ironic as it isn’t, we’re back to cold temperature and even some SNOW! Looks like I’ll have to wait a few more weeks before the real grilling season begins. Argh Chicago.

But in the meantime, let’s relive the experience (and maybe all you fellow cold temperature-bearers can live vicariously).

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April 28, 2008

Food In The News: Weekly Roundup

Sorry about the late roundup – here is last week’s news!

Serotonin-producing Saffron – The yellow spice has been found to help ease the symptoms of PMS.

Posing as salmon – First it was veggie burgers, next it was tofu dogs…and now this???

Aged…beer? – We know wine likes to age, but these days wooden barrels are being used to harness and protect the hops, instead of the grapes.

Dining with food allergies – Restaurants have been catering to the growing population of Americans with food allergies.

How about some tea in that…soup? – Chefs suggest substituting tea for water in your cooking to twist things up and add some nice flavor. So wherever there is water, there might as well be tea.

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April 25, 2008

Top Chef Chicago Watch: Episode #7

On this week’s Top Chef, we laugh along with the chefs as they visit Second City, the Windy City’s own original improvisational comedy theater. Paired with a pastry/dessert quickfire challenge that was no laughing matter, this week really forced the chefs to do their own improvisation.

Warning: Spoilers after the jump!

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