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H Dogs is the hottest dog house in town

H Dogs is the hottest dog house in town
National Hot Dog Month is drawing to a close. It is our responsibility as good American and Chicago citizens to eat as many hot dogs as possible. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume over 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Chicago is the home of the... Read more »

National Hot Dog Day: Celebrating the Chicago Dog

National Hot Dog Day: Celebrating the Chicago Dog
Today is National Hot Dog Day. As a good American, it was my patriotic duty to celebrate by eating a hot dog. I am a red hot, white bun, yellow mustard kind of guy. I walked over to Budacki’s, which has been a neighborhood institution since 1980. I ordered a dog and for desert, a... Read more »

Federal Plaza Farmers Market

Chicago is fully embracing farmers markets. There are evening markets for people who cannot get to the afternoon ones. Every Tuesday there is a farmers market in Federal Plaza, in the shadow of Alexander Calder’s Flamingo. Farmers markets provide fresh herbs and several artisan products besides vegetables and fruits. Chefs love them because the fruits... Read more »
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Pasta with lemon, butter, and herbs

A few simple ingredients make fresh bright tasting pasta.
Pasta does not have to be served with complicated long cooking sauces or even quick Marinara sauces. Pasta does not have to be a gut busting heavy dish, especially with meat sauces. It can be fresh and bright tasting. A few simple ingredients and short cooking time can produce a delicious and pretty dish. I... Read more »

Rubbing your meat

Dry rubs are seasoning mixtures used for grilling and smoking meats. They get their name because you need to rub them on and into the meat or poultry. There are a wide variety of rubs. The only two constant ingredients are salt and sugar, usually brown sugar. Rubs can be herbal, spicy, or sweet. They... Read more »

‘Cooking School’ book review

So, you want to learn how to cook. Maybe you want to learn how to be a better cook. You’ve tried those recipes by celebrity chefs and they don’t work. You attempted to recreate grandma’s favorite cake and it did not come out right. Cooking is not just about techniques and methods. It is about... Read more »
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Summer pasta with tomatoes, onion, and garlic

Summer pasta with tomatoes, onion, and garlic
Who says tomatoes have to be made into a sauce for pasta? It is summer time. Why not have your salad and pasta in one dish? Roma tomatoes are plentiful. For bite, onion, garlic, shallot, and a pinch of red pepper flakes are added. The only thing to cook is the pasta. Recipe: 6- Ripe... Read more »

Fast healthy tasty faux ice cream

Fast healthy tasty faux ice cream
I recently read a piece by Judy Marcus on making soft serve ice cream that is healthy. Avocados take the place of cream and eggs. Their fat content gives the treat the same mouth feel as real ice cream. I decided to test her recipe, adapting it to my own ingredients on hand. This is... Read more »

Peas garlic and herb dip

A few years ago I saw fresh fava beans on sale. I bought about five plastic bags full. For those who never used fresh fava beans, it takes a lot of pods to get a mediocre amount to use. I found a recipe for a dip and tried it. It did not last log at... Read more »
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Cucuzza: the big Italian squash

Cucuzza range in size from 18-36 inches.
While shopping yesterday I came across something that brought back childhood food memories, cucuzza. My mother used to cook cucuzza in a thin tomato sauce. It was served alone, as a vegetable side dish, or with pasta. What is cucuzza? The best translation I could find for cucuzza is BFS- big f@#king squash. Cucootz or... Read more »