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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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Mulled Wine (Vin Chaud)

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2015 by Liz Dalton   view full review
I used Cabernet Sauvignon for this and it came out great. I strained all the wine to serve and...

Warm Spiced Wine

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2015 by Liz Dalton   view full review
Great! I didn't strain it and the flavors keep coming out. Perfect for a cold winter night.

Biscotti Dessert Cookies

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Not my favorite Biscotti recipe. From reading the reviews that they were bland, I added dried...

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