Our Little Tomato

MollyFIG Blog Leave a Comment

Justin and I are notoriously bad with plant life. While we admire chefs who grow their own food and are especially in awe of Uncommon Ground’s rooftop garden, we have never had much luck keeping even houseplants alive. Our herbs have always died after their first harvest and we have never attempted to grow fruits or vegetables. Bearing that in mind, …

What a Difference a Year Can Make, Chicago Gourmet 2009

MollyFIG Blog Leave a Comment

Last year, we were invited to Chicago Gourmet as “press members” because of this blog. Even though we’ve been dismal at updating the blog and I doubt we drove any real traffic to the event, we were more than happy to get invitations again this year. Sure, we didn’t love the event and would definitely not have paid $150 for …

Mac n Cheese n Bechamel n Cake n Chocolates

MollyFIG Blog, Recipes Leave a Comment

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

MollyFIG Blog Leave a Comment

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

MollyFIG Blog Leave a Comment

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

MollyFIG Blog Leave a Comment

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

MollyFIG Blog Leave a Comment

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

MollyFIG Blog, Recipes Leave a Comment

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

MollyFIG Blog, Recipes Leave a Comment

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

MollyFIG Blog, Recipes Leave a Comment

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 …