Category: food & dining

20 of the Weirdest Canned Foods

Happy 200th Birthday to the can! In the early 19th century, Frenchman Nicholas Appert discovered a revolutionary way to preserve foods by using boiling water to force out air in glass bottles, and sealing the contents. Soon his method was adapted with tin cans, and on August 25, 1810 Peter Durand received the first patent... Read more »

Halloween cocktails, anyone?

Photo/ Gross-out factorRecipeZaar is serving up a user-generated list of Halloween and otherwise creepy cocktails including “sewer water” (yick!), “mold” (ew!), “broken leg” (ow!), and the “black cat” (black vodka? Why not?). While Martha Stewart offers some Halloween-party-riffic drink recipes on her website such as the green kiwi cocktails served in chemistry flasks. Fret not:... Read more »

Mars handing out free chocolate today in Pioneer Court

Who doesn’t love chocolate? OK, maybe some people, but for all those chocoholics, Mars will be offering **free candy** in Pioneer Court today, just outside 401 N. Michigan Ave. M&M’s, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, Dove and 3 Musketeers…more than 50,000 samples will be given away. The event lasts until 6 p.m. today. It was planned... Read more »

Life & style link buffet

Foodies! I found some new, fabulous things today I thought I’d share: First, I was introduced today to CakeWrecks, which is exactly what it sounds like: cakes gone “horribly, hilariously wrong”. That includes the, um, naked mole rat cake, the Bud Lite can cake topper, and the cake with Wiggles the modesty car. Moving on:... Read more »

Food porn: literally

We’re all friends here, right? Good. Okay, so forget what I said in that last post about the top cookbook fails. Friend of ChicagoNow, Gordon McAlpin, has just pointed us to the cookbook fail of the universe. Ready? Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you Natural Harvest: A Collection of Semen-Based Recipes. I am... Read more »

Five cookbook fails

Nevermind what I was Googling when I came across this, but the fact remains that just a moment ago, as a result of a Google search, I came across a recipe for Tuna Twinkie Souffle. Someone, somewhere, thinks that is delicious. And, it’s part of a cookbook. Oh my. But, there is plenty more where... Read more »

Luxe facile: Vanilla sugar

In a recent entry on our Prairie Chefs blog, Sarah Stegner paid tribute to the memory of Tribune food columnist Abby Mandel through sharing her special recipe for blueberry-lemon Bundt cake. Well, Bundt cake very well might be one of me very favorite cake-things, so it’s a safe bet that I’ll be baking Mandel’s recipe... Read more »