Spaghettigeddon

or, Preparing for the End Times the Tastiest Way I Know! Probably you are tired of this by now, but I’m not: WINTER IS COMING. A gorgeous and long-awaited fall has graced Chicago, and consequently I am girding up for winter’s terrible onset.  Actually, I’m excited.  Carolyn is terrified, and already misses summer.  I scoffContinue reading “Spaghettigeddon”

The Further I Slide

or, Moribund the Hamburgermeister One of the many marvelous things I acquired on the single greatest day of garage sale-hunting in American history was a meat grinder.  Not a hand-cranked jobbie, no: I’ve got one of those – an ancient piece of work from the 1930s.  I’m sure it works, but it’s more decorative thanContinue reading “The Further I Slide”

Spent-Grain Bread

Or, “Beer Bread, Minus The Beer”. Homebrewing is on the rise.  In 2010, according to a press release from the American Homebrewers’ Association, 82% of homebrew supply shops “saw an increase in sales of beginner [homebrew] kits”, which means, well, more folks are getting into the hobby. Last summer, I started homebrewing, also from aContinue reading “Spent-Grain Bread”

A Paean to Pea.

It was at Volo in Roscoe Village where Carolyn and I beheld an exceedingly awkward first date: he was a public servant, she was a Tea Party equity manager. He smiled at her blandly, steering the conversation away from politics in an attempt to be civil. She, upon learning that he worked for the government,Continue reading “A Paean to Pea.”

La Macchina, or The Ecstasy of Pasta

While my parents were in DC a few weeks ago, I was tasked with watching Penelope, the familial springer spaniel.  She’s a very cute critter, and last summer she stayed with me for a time at the House in Indiana.  She served as my amanuensis, and even took dogtation. She’s very smart. Anyway, I wasContinue reading “La Macchina, or The Ecstasy of Pasta”

That’s right, this IS a food blog.

I mean, not entirely.  But if I’m going to call it a food blog, then by crumpets I’d better start writing about food again. So, to the question of the week: What do you do with sixteen pounds of pork shoulder? The answer is: EVERYTHING.  But of course, freeze it. We’ll get into how IContinue reading “That’s right, this IS a food blog.”

A Slice of Heaven, Part 1

Pizza is the single most divisive culinary concept in American society. Not the proper construction of Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, not whether or not to put ketchup on your all-beef hot dog (the answer is ‘not’, if you were wondering.), not whether or not to serve pretzels with cheese or with mustard or whatever. No, America.Continue reading “A Slice of Heaven, Part 1”