David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David is a regular contributor of restaurant reviews and food-related articles for Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, Local Beet, and Chicago Reader, which published his seven-part guide to regional Mexican food in the city. He has also contributed food writing to blogs such as the Local Beet and Grubstreet Chicago. With his friend Michael Gebert (creator of Sky Full of Bacon video podcasts), he hosted a cable documentary on Hispanic chow at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market,and has just completed working on a video about Taste of Melrose Park. A returning guest on WLS and WGN AM radio, David produces the "Soundbites" series on the James Beard-nominated Eight Forty-Eight (Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, 91.5FM); these radio pieces examine how Chicago chefs use sound in their kitchens; listen here: http://tiny.cc/QpCTA. David was featured on "Good Morning, America," "Chicago, Tonight," and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing seasonal cicadas, which invaded Chicagoland during the spring of 2007. More information, including writing samples and bug-cooking videos, can be found at www.dchammond.com.
Carnivore opened late last summer, and we've been there a few times to pick up meat and fish. The boys at Carnivore now also offer lunch. Stopping in for a sandwich is a good way to sample their hand-crafted wurst.
Recently, I drove out to Woodfield to go to the new Kuma's Corner, and I posted a picture of the place on Facebook. Many people responded negatively, because it seemed, as one poster put it, "just wrong" to locate such a place in suburbia
A Bulletproof Coffee is coffee plus butter and MCT (the acronym stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride, usually a coconut or palm oil product), maybe with a little non-sugar sweetener like Stevia. It sounds revolting, I know, but it's not bad tasting at all and here's the thing: it kept me full for the rest of the morning, all the way until early afternoon. Bulletproof Coffee, according to its adherents, also provides a caffeine boost without the consequent crash, and the MCT oil is purportedly good for enhanced brain function (and is there anyone who doesn't want that?).
The Corn Stripper looks a little like a Gillette Trac II, and the idea is that you "shave" the kernels off the cob with a blade that's slightly curved to match the contours of the cob. This approach seemed attractive in that cutting kernels off with a knife is kind of sloppy. The Corn Stripper also comes with a brush on one side to "de-silk" the cob.