Where do you buy your meat? I think shopping a little more old-school by visiting a neighborhood butcher is such a bigger pleasure (and often a bigger savings) than buying meat from the grocery store.
In New York, I shop at Florence Fine Meat Market, a little storefront in our neighborhood that's been open since 1936. There's classical music on the radio, sawdust on the floor and just about all of the steaks are cut to order from meat pulled from the back. This means you can get the cuts you want (1 inch? 2 inches? You name it) and interact with the butchers themselves. I always get into a conversation about what to do with what cut, or where the meat comes from. And the prices are great.
Chicago chef Sam Kass has been tapped by the Obamas to serve under Cristeta Comerford in the White House kitchen. Something of a community organizer himself, Kass recently spearheaded a series of events at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Kitchen that just so happened to be centered around soup.
The Printed Blog launched today in Chicago and we were pleased to find a recipe in the first issue. A Bourbon Hot Tea Toddy from Cloves and Cream sure sounded good as we shivered on the train platform.
January can be a tough time to find inspiration in the kitchen, particularly in the cold Midwest. But there's one kind of ingredient that's always readily available, even when its 10 below: Spices! We take a look at some spicy Ethiopian dishes below.
The Spice House is our favorite spot for spices, dried herbs and seasoning mixes in Chicago. The company also offers its products online, and has compiled a large database of recipes, including some mouthwatering Thanksgiving dishes.
The new season of Top Chef, set in New York City, premieres tonight, but it really doesn't seem that long ago when Stephanie Izard won in Puerto Rico, becoming the first female Top Chef. We loved Stephanie's approachable style of cooking and were happy to have the chance to talk to her a few days ago. Read about what she's been up to since Top Chef Chicago, what she's planning for the holidays, and her easy go-to dessert...
Shopping at farmer's markets is a great way to get fresh, local and sometimes organic produce. But costs can vary based on where you live and what you buy. Here in Chicago, we usually take a $20 bill to our neighborhood market and see how far it will take us. This week, we tried to be as frugal as possible and get the most for our money.