FIG’s First Seder

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As lapsed Christians who didn’t grow up in cities with large Jewish populations, Passover was something of a mystery to Justin and I before we came to Chicago. Even after arriving and hearing the rumors of a large Jewish population, we were removed from the Jewish community by a Catholic school and a profession more dominated by Mexicans. Once I …

My Mom’s Favorite Food

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We’re quickly approaching Mother’s Day and it is apparently still the one day a year that we ALL take our mothers out to eat (brunch, lunch or dinner). Some mothers these days can be pretty picky – swearing off fat for Weight Watchers, swearing off carbs for Atkins, swearing off meat for the “cute, little cows” – and others, like …

A Clip, just for fun

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This is probably as close as I will ever come to being on Wonka Vision. It’s like I’ve been cut up into a million tiny little pieces and sent throught the air.

No Olives

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We recently had the pleasure of meeting Abbey Gillespie. By day Abbey is a lawyer, but by night she’s a freelance food writer and blogger. Her site, www.noolives.com, is dedicated to discovering great food and restaurants and is titled after her firm dislike of the fruit. While we don’t necessarily agree with all of Abbey’s food picadillos (she’s currently on a …

Yuck, Durian!

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A couple months ago Justin and I tuned into Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods on The Travel Channel. We like this show and usually catch it in reruns. If anybody watches, you know that Andrew will try anything at least once. And he generally can find something redeeming in all foods from testicles to fermented shark to crawling insects to eyes …

Food Demo at Bloomingdales

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This past weekend Molly’s sister, brother in-law and two nieces came to Chicago for spring break. We planned not only to do the regular fun activities like build skyscraper at the children’s museum and pet alligators at Reptile Fest, but also to put them to work. I had a cooking demonstration scheduled at the Bloomingdale’s at the Old Orchard Mall. …

Cupcakes v. Pies

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Cupcakes have been popular since their inception. They’re a single serving of cake, after all. They’re delicious, cute and a great vehicle for the frosting of your choice. Magnolia Bakery in New York is credited with “making the cupcake cool” nearly 9 years ago. Of course the trend eventually spread from the island of Manhattan, cupcakes became de riguer at …

That Fuzzy Feeling

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Every once in a while we get a chance to be guests at a party or even host our own, instead of just enjoying the celebrations of strangers. On Friday, March 14th, did just that. Together with another tequila aficionados, we hosted a tequila tasting right in our FIG kitchen. For those of you that have visited us, you know …

Fish and Seafood Tips and the Meaning of Puttanesca

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For some selecting fish and seafood can be intimidating, scary and nerve racking. If this is true for you following some simple steps will help leave those frustrating fish finding days behind. Step 1: Talk to your friends Find out if a friend or family member has a market that they love. Maybe your sister’s husband’s frat buddy is a chef or you have a friend …