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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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Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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I learned first how to cook when i was little, watching my ma, and then in the boy scouts. When I was in the service, I was assigned to the Officers Mess for a little bit and the head chef showed me a few things, then I joined the Fire Department and my first day on duty after the fire academy they senior guy told me either I have to cook or clean the dishes, so I opted to cook, I did enough dishes when I in the Navy.

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About me: Professional who loves cooking for my two adult sons and grandchildren. The pleasure of hearing them say...this is so good and consuming the entire meal

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Vegan Pancakes

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Most store bought turkeys today are already "brined". I skipped that step as my 12lb...

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