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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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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Arvada, Colorado, USA
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I am a 42 year old single guy who loves to cook for family and friends, as well as myself. I attended culinary school briefly but soon figured out I was not insane enough to do it for a living. I currently work for the regional telephone company and spend my weekends entertaining friends and discovering or returning to great restaurants around town.

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Robin Stein 

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Home Town: Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Crest Hill, Illinois, USA

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'Calabacitas Guisada' (Stewed Mexican Zucchini)

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Fresh Broccoli Salad

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Great recipe made as is. I've had rave reviews each time I make it. If you don't like raisins,...

Asian Salmon

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Good recipe and easy to make. Like other reviewers I felt the urge to add some ginger to the...

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