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The Land of Lincoln is a vaguely arrowhead-shaped state in the heart of the Midwest. It is home to the third largest American city, Chicago, which sits along the shores of Lake Michigan. The poet Carl Sandburg described Chicago as “the hog butcher for the world.” The city was made so by the invention of refrigerated railroad cars. With refrigeration, meat could be packed in Chicago and shipped in cold cars to the East Coast. In the 1800s, John Deere, an Illinois blacksmith eased the way for agriculture in the Prairie State by devising a better steel-bladed plow capable of cutting through the hard Illinois prairie. Today, Illinois is a major producer of soy, corn, and wheat. In 1943, a couple of Chicago restaurateurs first presented their cheesy, thick-crust pizza to a mostly pizza-puzzled crowd at Pizzeria Uno. Though not an overnight success, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is today a hit throughout the country. Three years later, just down the road in Springfield, the Cozy Dog Drive-in applied the finishing touch on the corn dog by inserting the first stick into one end of a deep-fried dog! After that, state fair fare would never be the same again.

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World's Best Egg Salad Sandwich

Reviewed on May 3, 2015 by loddiecheftress   view full review
Add about 1 T pickle juice and fresh dill, and man-oh -man was it good!

Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Reviewed on May 2, 2015 by cookie girl   view full review
delicious! absolutely love it! soft on the inside crunchy on the outside. 5 stars all the way!

Grilled Marinated Shrimp

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Very good. Marinade adds a good flavor while not overwhelming. Easy to make and with...

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