Cooking with the Ladies

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I knew it was going to be a good night when I saw a parking space directly in front of my client’s home. It was is as if snowy, car-packed Roscoe Street parted just for me.  As I entered the home with all of the goodies for the cooking class the atmosphere was positive and the prosecco was already flowing. …

The Hot Drink Conundrum

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It’s winter in Chicago = it’s cold, but today it’s bitterly cold. Like Minnesota cold. I had a meeting this morning and got in the FIG truck to discover a fine (and beautiful, actually) pattern of tiny frozen ice snowflakes on my window. I started the truck and while I was dutifully waiting for it to warm up (as instructed …

Soup

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It has been said that soup can warm the soul. And, we all know how to battle those winter sniffles with a good bowl of chicken noodle soup (the Mexican version with mucho lime and other citrus notes even adds some Vitamin C). I have a few soups that I turn to in times of need and thought that I …

Is December Over Yet?

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As fellow diners, restaurateurs, retailers or caterers, you all know the craziness of December. Our vacation in Mexico was timed to perfectly lead into our busiest month of the year. Even with the recession looming, FIG managed to stay fairly busy this holiday season. I thought a brief recap was in order since we’ve had less time to blog… 12 …

Green City Winter Market

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Today was my first cooking demo at the Chicago Green City Market in the winter. For the cold months the market goes under tent and relocates to the front lawn of the Peggy Notebaert Museum. The tent is unheated, and boy was it cold. I pulled off my gloves just moments before I was to cook and off I went. I choose to …

Cookie Drive

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For the past few years Molly has been conducting a cookie exchange with her friends. It is a good way to increase the diversity of you cookie stash, save some money and have a few drinks with friends. This year and last we have produces the cookies in our commercial kitchen. Peanut butter-white chocolate-macadamea nut, peppermint crunch balls, decorated sugar cookies, …

Turkey Day Ideas #2

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If you have guests staying over for the holidays or would just like to make the day after Thanksgiving start off right, and appropriately decadent, this is a great recipe. Want a good excuse to eat cake before noon? Try our carrot cake French toast. You can serve the carrot cake for dessert and use the leftovers to make French …

Turkey Day Ideas #1

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With turkey day looming you may find yourself hunting for last minute recipes to keep your family at bay. For the next few weeks FIG will be posting some of our favorites. Some traditional and others out of the box. In our opinion repeating the same meal every year is not tradition it is boring. So I hope you can …

Spice it up, y’all

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Now is the time for all things fall, and what is more fall than pumpkins? Below is a quick and easy recipe for a spiced pumpkin cake that will go fast. A little hint, add a scoop of good vanilla ice cream or gelatto while the cake is still warm. Yummy. Spiced Pumpkin Cake 3 C. Cake Flour, sifted before …

It Is Easy Being Green

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French cooking teaches to waste as little as possible, and this is a philosophy that I try to follow while at work. There are some simple ways to reduce what goes into your garbage at home and here are a few. First is to save your bones and scraps of vegetables. If you save these bits you can make a …