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FIGgy Pudding and other Holiday Recipes

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Also, FIG can pickle that. Pickled veg is a must on any relish tray. Holiday nostalgia is served up with Event Manager Stephanie’s Relish Tray Essentials: three bean salad, deviled eggs, bread & butter pickles, cottage cheese and sliced beets. If you’re traveling to the ‘burbs, make a pit stop for a holiday nosh at Stephanie’s favorite Merichkas. Merichka’s classic, Photo …

Much Ado About Bacon

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If you haven’t already noticed, people like bacon. In the past year alone, we’ve witnessed the bacon explosion, pig roasts in every nook and cranny of the city, bacon showing up in unexpected places like candy and chocolate, Cochon 555, and, of course, last weekend’s Baconfest Pro Cookoff. There is a good reason for this – bacon is delicious. It’s decadent and fatty. It’s …

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 …

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 …

Sometimes Things Don’t Go As Planned…

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We planned to get to the Green City Market early for our 11am Chef Demo. We planned to purchase great local eggs, butter, bread, bacon and honey to create fabulous dishes. We planned to set-up, smile, and patiently answer questions. Well, after an early morning breakfast drop-off (lawyers sometimes have to work on Saturdays too!), battling a fierce cold, Chicago traffic, an …

National Pie Day

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I just found out yesterday that today is national pie day and even though I just got done making homemade coffee marshmallow s’mores (homemade marshmallows and homemade graham crackers) and I have to make cookies for 150 for tomorrow, I want to make pie! I may have to celebrate on Monday…What kind of pie should I make? By the way, if you …

A Time of Love

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I’m feeling especially romantic this week because last weekend FIG catered a proposal dinner. The proposee contacted me a week and a half before the date, on the recommendation of a friend who insisted a caterer was in order, and requested a vegetarian dinner be prepared for the special occasion. After consulting with his friend to choose a menu, he …

Spiced and Rubbed

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That was the name of the cooking class I taught last night for a group in Northbrook. Most people have a large collection of spices collecting dust in a cupboard or drawer. They have their go-to spices that get used regularly and replaced, but some spices sit there for years (losing essential oils and flavor). This class is meant to …