This past St. Patrick's Day, we had the worst corned beef. Ever. What we had was a grass-fed uncured corned beef. It was more expensive than our usual corned beef, and not nearly as red or as fatty-looking. Or as tasty.
Oak Parker Paul Pasulka has written a play called "Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth," which is going into its final performances this coming weekend, Thursday through Saturday, at The Charnel House, a former funeral home converted to a theater space. It's the perfect venue for a play inspired by one of Shakespeare's darkest dramas.
The Good Food Festival and Conference takes place annually, every springtime, and it brings together Midwestern farmers, food and beverage producers, chefs and eaters to celebrate and better understand the incredible range of good stuff we have to eat and drink in this part of the world. This past weekend the three-day GFFC took place, as it has for years, at UIC Forum. Oak Park was well represented.
Madison Park Kitchen reminds me of what restaurants used to be, before The Food Network and celebrity chefs; it's a meeting place for locals, where the food is solid, not meant to be challenging, as comforting as a familiar face, with indelible charm.
Though it may not be as fun as eating corned beef and drinking stout, when you're looking at the early morning sun, a bowl of oatmeal is probably one of the best things you can put in your tummy on the day after St. Paddy's Day.
Week before last, I went to the International Home + Housewares Show, 2015, at McCormick Place and saw a lot of stuff, some quite pedestrian, some puzzling, some kind of cool…or at least unusual. Last year, the theme was "The Internet of Everything." But the internet now seems so last year. This year, the subtext of many products seemed to be "Transformation."
The health advantages of Greek yogurt are important, but as always, for me, it comes down the eating experience, and Greek yogurt surpasses regular yogurt in taste and texture …and it's way, way better than Dr. Gaymont's.
When I told Alpana Singh about using the bourbon/marc combo in a Manhattan, she immediately said, "You could call it the Marky Marc Manhattan." She didn't have to specify what bourbon she was thinking of using: had to be Maker's.
Native Foods Café in River Forest has menu items like Native Chicken Wings that contain no bird meat and Scorpion Burger that contains no cow…or scorpion.I have a philosophical/aesthetic objection to vegetables and grains masquerading as meat. I like to eat vegetables and grains, but I appreciate them for what they are; they need not aspire to be that which they are not. Still, I understand that using meat-like names helps clarify taste and texture to those not familiar with seitan and tempeh.