Category: Food

The Bigger Mac

The Bigger Mac
So I tried the pictured Grand Mac, the big dog of McDonald’s new family of Big Mac sandwiches. Now I’ll be honest I was never a huge fan of the Big Mac. I’m a double quarter pounder man myself, more meat, less bread, cut out the middle man. Actually take it back to the late... Read more »

How to Enjoy The Wisconsin State Fair

Big Ass Cookie
Over the weekend I attended the Wisconsin State Fair, it’s a great experience and only a few hours from northern Illinois. First thing is if you can go up there during the week because the weekends get crazy, just be aware of the rush hour traffic both in Chicago & Milwaukee, also check to see... Read more »

Wojo's Resturant Is For Sale

Wojo's Resturant Is For Sale
If you attended Brother Rice High School or Mother McAuley high school within the last 35 years then you are familiar with the local take out restaurant Wojo’s. This also includes if you worked in the vicinity of 99th & Pulaski, or ride the 53A Pulaski Bus or work or go near 95th & Pulaski.... Read more »
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My Food Shall Remain Separate & Never the Twain Shall Meat

My Food Shall Remain Separate & Never the Twain Shall Meat
I don’t know when it started but I like my food not to c-ohabitate. Maybe this goes back to my late father always buying plastic plates with the three dividers that looked like a steering wheel from the wholesale shop on east 71st Street. But its even deeper than that. I eat my food in... Read more »

What's The Value Of a High Dollar Grill?

What's The Value Of a High Dollar Grill?
For years best and most expensive grills were those huge gas grills, much larger than what most of us have (or have room for), this is a professional style stainless steel grill with all the amenities. But now you are starting to see more charcoal grills of equal prominence. First off the gold standard in... Read more »

Keeping My Resolutions: Eat Better Food

Keeping My Resolutions: Eat Better Food
One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to eat better food. Like a lot of people I struggle with food. I can be an emotional eater and since I am a home chef and dedicated BBQ cook, it makes it a challenge. However right after my birthday in mid January I got an... Read more »
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The Comfort Of Frying Chicken

The Comfort Of Frying Chicken
We all know about “comfort food”, good home style cooking like meatloaf, pot roast and my favorite fried chicken. Meals we grew up eating with our friends and family, the lunches or dinners on significant holidays or just everyday food that is really good. But I now have comfort food on a new level, actually... Read more »

For The Love of Burgers

For The Love of Burgers
Its seems everywhere you go there is a new burger joint, some fancy, some plain but all have their variation on a ¼ to ½ pound of meat. I admit what’s not to like about a good burger? And it doesn’t have to be beef, I’ve had awesome turkey and black bean burgers. For me... Read more »

A Review Of Naperville's Q BBQ By A Serious BBQ Home Chef

A Review Of Naperville's Q BBQ By A Serious BBQ Home Chef
Sunday afternoon I visited the Naperville location of local barbeque chain Q BBQ (the locations are south suburban LaGrange and in Chicago in Lakeview), now the local media has heaped praise on this restaurant (its plastered on the window and the servers shirts), but its well earned. This is not the next “trendy bbq spot”,... Read more »
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How To Make The Best Ham Ever

How To Make The Best Ham Ever
This recipe is using a regular precooked store bought spiral ham. I actually bought it from my local Aldi because it was smaller (8lb), and cheaper ($ 17), so it was the right size and price. I set up my barrel pit for indirect grilling (but you can use a regular charcoal grill though a... Read more »
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