Tag: Cooking

Crock-Pot Chili: Can A Bowl of Texas Red Be Full Of Beans?

It is hard to imagine that anyone who has owned a slow cooker for any length of time has not made some sort of chili in it. Most chili recipes call for a long, slow cooking time, so the protein and the vegetables and spices blend to maximum flavor. That makes it just about the... Read more »

Homemade Cranberry Sauce: One of the World's Easiest Embellishments

Cranberry sauce is one of those things that most of us grew up eating out of a can. Because it was so darn easy, yes. But also, I think, because cranberry sauce was kind of an after-thought for holiday dinners, a little something sweet to cut the heaviness of all those savory dishes. But here’s... Read more »

Gluten-Free Cobbler: A Reprise

[Note: I am reposting this guest column about gluten-free peach cobbler — written by Diana Zinkl, a fellow Michigan State grad and D.C. expat — with a purpose. Diana has decided to start a “Gluten-Free Monday” feature on her blog, Notes From The Flyover States. This week’s post, which can be found by clicking here,... Read more »

Peach Cobbler... Simple or Sophisticated? (A Gluten-Free Guest Column!)

[Note: Diana Zinkl, a fellow Michigan State grad and D.C. expat, noted recently that she had success with a gluten-free version of a peach cobbler recipe she’d found on the Web. I reminded her that I’d posted a pretty neat, all-purpose fruit cobbler recipe in June, and Diana — who now lives in Colorado —... Read more »

The Cooler Kitchen: Back to Bacon, Honey

Breaking news from the Cooler on the Lake Shore home bacon-curing test labs: The honey-mustard experiment was a success! Take one pork belly, add a mixture of kosher salt, dark brown sugar, Dijon mustard, honey and chopped garlic. Place in a Ziploc bag, place the bag in the refrigerator for a week, turning once a... Read more »

This Fruit Salad May Change Your Idea Of Dessert

Sometimes you prepare a dish that you think will be good, and it turns out to be so awesome that you just want to make it over and over and over. I made a fruit salad for a picnic last night. I could eat this for dessert every day for the rest of my life.... Read more »

Spartan Jesse Lee Graff Wants To Get Chicago (BBQ) Sauced

Jesse Graff graduated from Michigan State University in 2005 with a degree in finance and moved to Chicago, where he worked for investment firms for several years. But Graff had an itch to explore going into business for himself — and a talent for making barbecue sauce that he had been honing since college. After... Read more »

Home-Cured Bacon: Easy. Delicious. Do This.

So I patiently waited the prescribed week for the slab of pork belly to cure in the refrigerator. I rinsed off the salt/spice solution last night and roasted it at 200 degrees for about an hour and a half. I chilled it overnight, sliced off four thick rashers, cooked it alongside scrambled eggs for breakfast... Read more »

Fun At The Farmers' Market: Yo, It's The Italian Scallion

Shopping at farmers’ market is a total kid-in-a-candy-store experience for me. It’s fortunate that there is only so much I can carry home, because otherwise I might need a second fridge. Here is a sampling from today’s haul at Chicago’s Green City Market… There are raspberries, blueberries, sweet cherries, apricots and peaches; sweet corn, red... Read more »

The Cooler Kitchen: An All-American (and Part-Mexican) 4th of July

Barb and I are invited to attend a friend’s 4th of July cookout in the Chicago ‘burbs. It’s a pot luck, so what to bring for this most-American of all holidays? Well, for any of you who have been kind enough to check out the Cooler on the Lake Shore blog, one of the answers... Read more »