Archive for November 2011

Firefighter Thankful

Firefighter Thankful
It wasn’t hard to find who I was looking for.  I asked the first guy I saw in the station if there was a cook around that I could talk to.  “You kiddin’ me?  We got the best cook in the district right here.  He’s in the kitchen right now.  Orange hat.  He’s cooking.” I... Read more »

How to cook a perfect turkey. Or maybe not.

How to cook a perfect turkey.  Or maybe not.
Aahh, Thanksgiving.  I love this holiday.  Family, friends, gratitude.  And that wonderful, picture perfect turkey.  Beautiful and delicious.  A memory for the gathered loved ones to cherish always. This is not about that turkey. I took them for granted growing up, golden, crispy skinned, juicy turkeys. A collaboration between my parents produced an annually perfect... Read more »

The power of the pumpkin bread

The power of the pumpkin bread
When I had a baby someone brought me a loaf of banana bread. It was really good. A kind gesture, reflecting pretty darn impressive time-management skills of the baker, herself a mother of an infant a little older than mine. And a totally unremarkable incident, common and small, repeated countless times in countless places. In... Read more »
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Mark your calendars: Food Film Fest and Pow wow

Mark your calendars:  Food Film Fest and Pow wow
The folks at the Good Food Project here in Chicago are bringing us the 2nd Annual Food Film Fest November 18th through 20th–a fascinating and goofy mash-up of movies and food–say, donuts, or oysters–and I’m talking about eating, not just theorizing.  The Good Food Project is dedicated to bringing back a “strong food culture that... Read more »

Pumpkin love

Pumpkin love
It’s a week past Halloween but still there are pumpkins.  Who buys them?  Does anyone actually cook with them? If you want to take advantage of .25/lb. produce, I have a story for you. Oh, and a recipe. This is our last photo because this story is old and has no pictures.  Someone has them,... Read more »

Mark your calendars: School lunches on notice and chili for arts' sake

Folks, two events to be aware of this week.  Go forth and eat for a good cause or two.   Cooking Up Change 2011 Thursday, November 3rd, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bridgeport Art Center 1200 W. 35th Street If you have a child in a CPS school you know one thing for certain: CPS... Read more »
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