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America’s third largest city, Chicago rises up majestically along the shores of Lake Michigan. Carl Sandburg described early 20th century Chicago as “hog butcher for the world” -- the invention of refrigerated railroad cars meant that meat could be processed, packed and shipped cold to the East. Today, Chicago has one of the finest fine-dining scenes in America. It also offers an enormous array of simpler, crowd-pleasing fare, like the unique Chicago hot dog (an all-beef dog on a poppy seed bun piled high with mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion, tomato wedges, dill pickle, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. But no ketchup!) There is no shortage of ethnic foods here either - everything from Polish perogies to Puerto Rican jibarito steak sandwiches. Italian beef sandwiches are a Windy City favorite. Sadly, Chicago recently lost one of its mainstays of German cuisine, when the Berghoff closed its doors after more than a century of business. Another claim to fame: Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza – created in 1943 at Pizzeria Uno.

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For the past several yrs I have been truly motivated on learning how to be as good a cook as my mom. She truly is the best w/hearty italian dishes pot roasts and soups. I have grown up with amazing food & have been lucky to travel internationally to taste some of the best dishes in the world... I am probably the biggest fan of garlic and love dishes with it. I really want to broaden my horizons, hence the reason I am always on this site looking for new recipes to share.

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Roasted Baby Eggplant, Tomato, and Zucchini

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This was very good! A nice healthy side dish. My only change is that I added fresh grated...

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