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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
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I am a work from home mom. My husband and I are also athletes. I am a marathoner and he is a weight-lifter. Our son is 4yrs old and keeps us on the move. I am also finnishing up my bachelors degree. Cooking along with my workouts help relax me in my busy life. I like to include my son in the cooking process as much as possible. He loves to help, and he is really proud of himself. I can't imagin not cooking - its so much fun. "The possibilities are endless."

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Turkey Stuffing Divan

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I made exactly as specified although I did add corn and cauliflower (more leftovers) as I...

Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts

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My son, that is 22 and eats only corn, loved it and asked me to "please make this often Mom"...

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

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Meat is getting very expensive. Save the rump for a special dinner. I use a chuck roast,...

 
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