May 11th, 2020 12:00 PM
You really should curbside pickup – and eat – Citrine's Eggplant Gateau.
May 4th, 2020 12:00 PM
Every year around this time, we look at our sprawling, untended hosta patch and say, "We should really eat some hostas this year." But we never did; until the pandemic hit. Now, we have more time to harvest and cook – not to mention contemplate nature – so, coming back from our daily walk, Carolyn picked a bunch of hosta and sautéed the tender shoots with some wild garlic (also growing in our yard) and olive oil.
April 22nd, 2020 12:00 PM
Top Box delivers throughout Cook County (including Oak Park); they have several different kinds of boxes available. We went with the veg-forward box, but they have meat, fish, and seafood packages as well as special packages for folks with special conditions, like diabetes.
April 1st, 2020 12:00 PM
If you happen to be shopping at any of the few places open in Oak Park, like, let's say, Med Men, you might want to swing by to pick up a bag of Well's Street Popcorn's mix of caramel and cheddar popcorn to munch on later. It will make you happy during these dark times.
March 25th, 2020 12:00 PM
When I was in single digits, whenever I had a cold or flu, my Italian granny would make pastina, a simple soup of tiny pasta, chicken broth, olive oil and garlic. Pastina's warm broth soothes the throat and hydrates the fevered body; the garlic is believed to support immunity.
March 23rd, 2020 12:00 PM
Although there are dozens of places in Nashville to get Hot Chicken, there doesn't seem to be a single place to get Hot Chicken in Oak Park. Of course, you can approximate the flavor of the Nashville dish by getting a chicken sandwich at, say, Popeye's, and drenching it in hot sauce, but note that in Nashville, the chicken is marinated and a paste of cayenne pepper is applied before or after frying.
March 6th, 2020 12:00 PM
February 10th, 2020 12:00 PM
During what was looking to be one of the bigger snowfalls of this relatively mild winter, we made a pot of chili. If ever chili is the right thing to eat, it's when the white flakes are fluttering down. To make the chili even more interesting, we dropped into the chili a few Chicago corn roll tamales, added cheese et voila: a Chili Cheese Tamale. Machine-extruded corn roll tamales are distributed by Chicago's Tom Tom and Supreme tamale companies; they're made of corn meal, rather than the more finely ground corn flour (masa harina) with a core of lightly seasoned meat (or maybe it's just meat fat mixed with corn meal and tinted a kind of dark magenta). The Chicago corn roll tamale, frequently just a thick mass of pasty carbs, is less than awesome all by itself. Dropped in a bowl of chili, however, it becomes a kind of corn dumpling, absorbing sauce and growing exponentially in deliciousness.
February 3rd, 2020 12:00 PM
Remember the Alamo? During the historic 1836 battle in what is now San Antonio, Texas, the forces of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana (Santa Ana for short) defeated the Texians (now called Texans) and a group of volunteers including Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie. Later, Santa Ana was imprisoned, and to pass the time, he chewed chicle, the "gum" of the sapodilla tree. Exiled to the United States, Santa Ana became an associate of Charles Adams who was searching for a rubber substitute for tires (natural rubber was very expensive). Santa Ana told Adams all about the stuff he chewed back in Mexico, and he even sold a quantity of the sapodilla gum to Adams. Turns out, gum was not a good substitute for rubber, but Adams thought maybe he could use his inventory of gum to make what we now know of as chewing gum. He started by rolling the stuff in balls (the first gumballs!) and selling them to a local pharmacist. Celebrate National Chewing Gum Day on February...
January 20th, 2020 12:00 PM
Irish coffee in Ireland tastes better than Irish coffee in the United States. There are reasons for that.
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