Archive for June 2013

Paula Deen &Our Post Racial Society

Paula Deen &Our Post Racial Society
Twice I’ve eaten at Paula Deen’s restaurant at the Harrah’s Casino in Joliet, its nice, a little overpriced, not healthy but tastes good. I don’t own any of her cooking utensils but do have a sauce of hers, I’m not really a fan of her’s and honestly at times had trouble taken her seriously before... Read more »

Juneteenth; A Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth; A Celebration of Freedom
On June 19, 1865 Union General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas and issued General Order Number 3 from the balcony of Ashton Villa which stated: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of... Read more »

The Risks Of Racing and Loss of Jason Leffler

The Risks Of Racing and Loss of Jason Leffler
I’ve been around racing my whole life, I have 10W40 flowing through my veins, my dad was a bracket car drag racer prior to my birth. I grew up in the shadows of the late Raceway Park on 128th & Ashland (we could hear the cars racing from my childhood home on 123rd Street), and... Read more »
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The Lovings; The Precedent For Equal Opportunity Marriage

The Lovings; The Precedent For Equal Opportunity Marriage
June 12th is not only the anniversary of the death of civil rights worker Medgar Evers but is also known as “Loving Day”. The anniversary of the court case of Loving vs. Virginia (388, US 1), the US Supreme Court case that made interracial marriage legal and ended the laws (Pace vs Alabama & The... Read more »

The Life & Legacy of Medgar Evers

The Life & Legacy of Medgar Evers
This Wednesday marks 50 years since civil rights activist Medgar Evers was gunned down in his own driveway in Jackson Mississippi. He was 37 years old (the same age I am now), yet he achieved so much in his short life on earth. Medgar was initially a WWII veteran (fighting on the battle of Normandy,... Read more »

NHRA's Burndown at Sundown

This weekend is the third annual Burndown at Sundown at Route 66 Dragway in Joliet (Rt 53 just past Laraway Rd, just west of Chicagoland Speedway), and its not only a NHRA (National Hot Rod Association), Division 3 race (meaning its a local race for lower level racers, not a “National Event”), but this also... Read more »
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Chicago Style Pizza; More than Just Dinner

Chicago Style Pizza; More than Just Dinner
In Chicago pizza is much more than lunch or dinner, it defines us, the deep dish pizza might as well be on the Chicago flag. It was invented here (in 1943), and that pie is a culinary institution for which many of us have glowing pride for. Lou Malnati’s, Pizzeria Due, Gino’s East, Edwardo’s &... Read more »

Simple Dinners; Fajitas From Leftover Steak

Simple Dinners; Fajitas From Leftover Steak
So a couple of days ago I grilled steak (see my blog on “Simple Steak Dinner, Grilling 103), and now I have leftover steak and I will make the best second hand meal ever. Steak Fajitas, trust me, it’s better than the grilled steak dinner from the day before. The first step is have the... Read more »

Simple Steak Dinner; Grilling 103

Simple Steak Dinner; Grilling 103
One the best meals you can ever have or make is the steak dinner. And it’s surprisingly easy once you get it down. Here in Chicago people pay top dollar to the legendary Gibson’s as well as top notch chains Ruth Chris’, Smith & Wollensky’s, Sullivan’s, Lawry’s (and my favorite), Flemings on East Ohio. The... Read more »
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