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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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Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Reviewed on Aug. 29, 2014 by Liz Dalton   view full review
This was good. Be sure to keep it to two or three asparagus spears or they won't cook through....

Morning Glory Muffins I

Reviewed on Aug. 28, 2014 by MOLLYSMAMA   view full review
Delicious! I made a few changes - used 3 whole eggs and deleted the oil, used 1/2 C. white...

Chocolate Dipped Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Reviewed on Aug. 27, 2014 by Laura   view full review
I made this as directed, or tried to. The second step is a mess. It needs to be rewritten, b/c...

 
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