Recipes, Gastronomy, Food + Food for Thought
classic vanilla cupcakes
Just a few months to wait for the vanilla counterpoint to those chocolate cupcakes. That's nothing. Absence makes the heart go hungrier is how the phrase goes. Happy Halloween! What did you go as? Oooh spooky. Or oooh sexy. I went as nothing, because I'm an adult. Just kidding, adults can dress up.
Chicago Food Bloggers 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
View it here. Download it here (11.5MB) It's here! It's here! It's our very first Chicago Food Bloggers Holiday Gift Guide! At nearly 150 pages, it was quite a doozy to put together! But we think the results are worth it -- there are gifts for every foodie in your life, and even a few that go ...
brown butter vanilla rice crispy treats
I'm just going to act like it's been one week since I updated this blog and not over six months. A lot has happened in that week. I moved back home to Chicago! There just weren't enough shootings in Boston, you know. I already miss the oysters. And the people. Hi Danielle! Hi Daphnie! Especially ...
classic chocolate cupcakes
Whatever happened to magic? When I was growing up magic seemed, if not quite at Houdini levels, popular enough that there were a few television specials every year. At least once a summer CBS would trot out David Copperfield to make corny jokes, inappropriately dance with scantily clad women ...
Happy Pączki Day! Are you aware it's pączki day? Are you Polish? If so, of course you are. If not, too bad for you, eh? Pączki are Polish pastries eaten on Fat Tuesday, or lent eve. When I was growing up my whole family would go to my Great Grandma Jenny's house in East Chicago, Indiana, for ...
homemade mayonnaise/ chicken salad
Did you watch the Academy Awards yesterday? Kind of strange. That's nice how Chicago won everything. Were you offended by Seth MacFarlane or not? He enunciates well, but he also seemed to hate everyone and cover all of his jokes with meta-humor and snark. "Are we still going to do this joke?" "You
clam juice and other things that are "in" for march according to lad mags
Have you heard of Next Issue ? It's basically Netflix for magazines: you pay a monthly fee and get access to almost all of the magazines you could want. It's great. You always have all of this reading material on your iPad, they even have weeklies (for an upcharge) like The New Yorker , you get all
my newest project
Introducing... Chicago Food Bloggers ! This is what I have been working on for the past few weeks. It's based on Boston Food Bloggers , whose founder, Rachel Leah Blumenthal, gave the site her blessing. Cities like Austin, Charleston, Los Angeles, and New York all have their own food blogger groups
I was going to make an introduction about some nonsense that has nothing to do with the recipe and then tie it to the recipe with the thinnest of transitions, like I usually do, but the note about using a scale became so long that I have decided this whole post is going to be about using one. Look,
homemade hamburger buns
I love any business makeover show. Hotel Impossible, Tabatha Takes Over, Restaurant Impossible, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (and the lesser American equivalent), Bar Rescue . Except for the screaming and yelling; that I could do without. Particularly Restaurant Impossible's Robert and Bar Rescue's