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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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Cooking Level: Expert

Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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I started cooking about 12 and have found the best thing is trial and error. Look at the ingds. and if you dont like or want something in it, change it. I love to put on the radio and just have fun. Best tips, start with good stuff & make sure for a large group you start with the meal recps, then ingrds, and then make a detailed list, make tons of lists for everything from the dishes so you do not forget something in the fridg, for the store, for cooking and when, etc! Favorite staples to add in; nuts, garlic, celery, paparika, seasoning salt, tabasco, brown mustard, onion (green for sld). Bst tip, never try a new rcp for company!

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Morning Delight Quiche

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2014 by Liz Dalton   view full review
Loved it and will love it again as a 'Breakfast for Dinner!' option. Johnsonville Breakfast...

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2014 by Liz Dalton   view full review
The pulled pork cooked wonderfully with the Reynolds slow cooker liner! It came out tender and...

Peanut Butter Bars I

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2014 by Tanya Richards   view full review
This recipe was absolutely phenomenal! The squares were moist and delicious and they were a...

 
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