Mac n Cheese n Bechamel n Cake n Chocolates

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This past weekend FIG catered a 40th birthday party with some unique buffet hors d’oeuvres. One of the highlights was a hors d’oeuvre that we are known for, Macaroni and Cheese Spoons. A bite sized portion of the yummy favorite that is far from what you would find in a blue box. A guest at the event told me that …

The Art of the Tasting

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If you’ve never planned a wedding or large event before you may not be aware of the term “tasting,” used a noun. A tasting is when you, your fiance or fellow host, possibly your event planner, or even your mom and dad come to “try it before you buy it.” Basically you get a free meal and we get to …

Saving Summer’s Bounty

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If your name doesn’t begin with Grandma or you just don’t have the time, patience, or food-fortitude for a day of canning try these easier methods for preserving food: FREEZING: Stew whole tomatoes for 5-20 minutes, depending on the size, and chill (in fridge). Place in an airtight container with at least 1″ of space at the top and freeze. …

Memories, Part 1

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Before FIG officially started (i.e. before we got a website), Justin and I were taking small jobs for family and friends but had no kitchen, no car, and no money. We cooked out of our home (shhh!, don’t tell) and borrowed cars to get to our jobs (thank you, Uncle David and The Vignocchis). This was a totally impractical scenario …

Young Cooks Tour

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Last week I had a chance to be a role model. I never thought I’d get this opportunity and I relished the chance to corrupt young minds…make that, “teach kids about food.” My Chicago, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) precollege program that provides students the opportunity to explore, broaden and deepen their thinking skills while exploring Chicago communities, organized the day. …

Green City Market Demo

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Thanks for joining us, if you did. If you didn’t, enjoy the recipe anyway. Honey Cornmeal Pancakes 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda ¾ tsp. salt 2 large eggs 1 ¾ cup Blue Marble plain yogurt ¼ cup melted butter, cooled ¼ cup honey Butter or vegetable oil for the …

61st Street Farmers Market

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Today I gave a demo at the 61st street farmers market. I must admit that I have not even shopped here yet this year. That being said, we love this market and the organizers. It was a great demo, smooth from the start and a great crowd. I love the free roaming chickens and all of the great farmers and vendors. Below …

Justino’s Salsa Verde

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At our FIG Social Club last night I received a ton of compliments on my salsa so I thought I would give the recipe out so you can enjoy it at home. 2 lbs. tomatillos (peeled, washed & halved) 1 Spanish Onion (peeled and quartered) 4 Cloves Garlic 1-3 Jalapenos (Depends on the heat you like and the heat of …

Great (Suburban) Venue

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Justin and I try to hide our queasiness when it comes to the suburbs. Although we feel very comfortable in Evanston or Oak Park (anyplace the ‘el’ goes is practically the city), once we go further north or west our eyes glaze over a little and we feel a bit out of our element. Don’t get me wrong, we have …

Our Love/Hate Relationship with Green City Market

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FIG participated in the annual Green City Market Barbecue last Thursday, but rather than rehash all of the preparation that went into that particular event or provide an incomplete review of the event (I only got to try 1/4 of the samples and there are much better reviews with pictures on LTH Forum, Sky Full of Bacon, and I’m sure more to …