The heritage of heritage Turkeys, and how to get one

We’ve all heard a lot about the benefits of biodiversity when it comes to purchasing fruits and vegetables. Think purple carrots, black radishes, russian blue potatoes, and other varietals that you encounter at your local farmers market, but can be hard to find elsewhere. Growing and enjoying many varieties of fruits and vegetables, not just…

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Hyper-local with global influences: Is Noma the future of dining?

In the grocery stores of Chicago the leafy green, Escarole, a less bitter member of the Endive family, still sounds foreign. The lemony, berry tones of Sorrel is only to be found at relatively expensive, grassroots farmer’s markets, and it’s sold in small quantities. On the other side of the Atlantic, Rene Redzepi, owner of…

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The Slow Food movement illustrated via Southern Italy (Pt.1)

At the Pugliese McDonalds in Bari, Italy, the first hint we weren’t in America anymore was the clientele: suit-clad, they sat at windows, sipping beers and reading newspapers. Food was served on porcelain and beers in elegant glasses. And then it was the prices: seven Euros (about $9 USD) for a hamburger? Eight for a…

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Our first CSA of the year from Peasant's Plot

One more reason to anticipate the sweet, ever too brief, arrival of a Chicago summer is the start of CSAs in earnest: weekly batches of organic vegetables delivered to your house or farmers market, all set aside for you and ready to yield to creative culinary magic. Our CSA is Peasant’s Plot, run by former…

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Craft Beer Week Chicago: Solemn Oath Brewery Dinner at Fountainhead

We attended a dinner in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week a couple weeks ago, where the five course meal was accompanied by perfect beer pairings from local craft brewers Solemn Oath Brewery. The dinner was held in the “Barrel Room” at Lincoln Square gastropub The Fountainhead, where Cleetus Friedman recently stepped in as Executive…

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Your Kitchen is Good for Your Health

Kitchens are not just holding pens for packaged food-like stuffs, but should be places for us to enjoy the company of family and friends and engage with the act of preparing and eating real food. In a New York Times Op-Ed, KidsHealth.org founder Neil Izenberg worries about the merging of his newly remodeled kitchen with…

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Veg Out Chicago: restaurants, recipes and cooking

image source: http://www.adashofcinnamon.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/heirloom-tomatoesS.jpg April 22-28 is Veg Week, where people are invited to take a vegetarian challenge and eschew meat for seven days. We wanted to take this opportunity to talk about some great places to get vegetarian and vegan meals in the city, as well as share some recipes. As a former vegetarian, I also…

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How to start an urban garden in Chicago: a round-up

After the threat of winter frosts are well and truly behind us (anyday now), it is time to begin Spring planting, then eagerly anticipating blooms and produce throughout the summer. Participating in the local food movement via an edible garden of your own is a great way to enjoy organic, non-GMO crops, have fun experiencing the rainbow of…

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Link-asaurus #7: Driverless Cars and Artificial Islands

source: “Blue Plan” in Copenhagen, from PK3 and Tredje Natur, from Dezeen.com Audi got blessings from the forces that be to begin test driving its driverless cars on public streets. There are many implications of the entry of driverless cars into our daily commutes. More texting with less accidents is one. Perhaps decreased emissions from…

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Local Illinois Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is soon and we can already feel the city slowing down, preparing to curl up for a gloriously languid nap – after partaking in the iconic meal of course. Thanksgiving is a treasured American holiday, we suspect because it involves two things everyone can agree on: the benefits of a heartfelt “thanks” and the…

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