Archive for October 2011

From the rooftop garden to the sea

From the rooftop garden to the sea
Despite a summer of neglect it is still growing, the rooftop garden.  It’s a pleasant place, quieter than the alley below, the rubber roof underfoot warm from the sun despite the October chill.  Still it is producing tomatillos, still serranos. Small raised beds are watered by an ingenious system of tubing and valves controlled from... Read more »

Mark your calendars: Austrian breads and the Science of Honey

Last weekend for the first time I went to a Culinary Historians of Chicago program, David Strauss’ talk on Gourmet magazine’s 1941 founding and its patriotic role in the war effort.  Quite interesting and best of all, a very thoughtful crowd with great questions.  This group has such events most weekends, this week’s featuring an Austrian... Read more »

Apples revisited, this time from Warsaw

Apples revisited, this time from Warsaw
One thing leads to another. A casual reference to a misremembered “Polish apple strudel thing” can become the first link in a chain which runs, link by link, from daughters to mothers to daughters, old friends and neighbors, to Oregon and overseas, to Warsaw and Belgium, a chain being built to link to the best,... Read more »
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It's all in the elbows

It's all in the elbows
It was evident to me last weekend at the pie contest that the fate of the pie is determined by the crust.  I have actually known this for many years, having been instructed in these matters by someone with a strong crust bias. I learned pie crusts from a man for whom making them perfectly... Read more »

Food + history = my idea of a good time

Food + history = my idea of a good time
Two events worth noting this weekend, one for which you might even want to dress up vintage–very vintage. Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents: “Beating the Nazis with Truffles and Tripe:  The Early Years of Gourmet, The Magazine of Good Living” with David Strauss Saturday, October 22nd Kendall College 900 North Branch Street, Chicago (west of Halsted,... Read more »

As American as Apple Pie

As American as Apple Pie
We have about two more weeks to partake of the gorgeous harvest of apples here in the midwest.  If you haven’t gone to an orchard yet, people, you’re running out of time.  For the love of God go pick some apples. This is a story about apples, and other things. Aloke really, really likes his... Read more »
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A Tale of Two Cookies

A Tale of Two Cookies
Well this here is a new blog, and in it I will chiefly tell stories, but they will be stories about food and so there will also be recipes. In it I hope to listen in on stories and traditions about recipes from all over the city, in all kinds of neighborhoods. What do recipes... Read more »