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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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I am an adventurous new stay at home mom who likes to try everything, especially if it's food. Living near Chicago, I love exploring ethnic food and ingredients in the city neighborhoods. Although I enjoy cooking for myself and friends and family, I have no desire to do it professionally. I prefer to do it purely for my own pleasure.

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Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecakes

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This was very good. My crust came out way too hard, I think because I used the whole Oreo...

World's Best Lasagna

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This was my first time making lasagna and I must say this came out pretty delicious. The meat...

Long Soup

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We just made this and it was fabulous. For people who think it's a little bland try adding...

 
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