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  1. My favorite right now is Arami on Chicago, just east of Damen in Ukrainian Village. Its owned by the same people as Mirai on Division and Damen, but its a little bit less traditional, more creative. Easy trip from downtown hotels. You can take the blue line out to the damen stop and walk or short cab to either one. Cocktails at the Violet Hour, little snack at Big Star....
  2. Arborio rice does go rancid much more quickly than other rices. Keep it in an air tight container, in a dark cabinet and use within a year.
  3. I didn't even know it was possible to make 2 hour risotto. I use arborio rice, my 14 inch all-clad skillet and make 20 minute risotto all the time. If your stock was hot, maybe it was bad rice or maybe your heat wasn't high enough. I have also found that you don't have to stir constantly. A good stir when you put in each ladle full you can putz around the kitchen attending other things, feeding a toddler, etc. and stir it every so often and it turns out just fine, do change in creaminess or anything disernable. Good luck. Don't give up.
  4. I think they changed the recipe. Added more HFCS and other sweeteners. I agree with you. But I don't think they used to be that sweet.
  5. My Father-in-Law, bless his soul, is the fun combo of health conscience and cheap, as well as a good sprinkling of a love of 1950's cuisine, and all things italian-american. As a good old fashioned 2nd generation Italian American, its all gravy and noodles to him. He actually thinks every single restaurant he's been to in Italy is bad. Here's a couple examples... 1. Homemade chicken noodle soup. Go to the discount grocery store and pick up the cheapest whole chicken they have, bring home, put the whole chicken in the biggest pot you own and fill it all the way to the top with water. No carrots
  6. Thanks for the links! I'll check them out. Liking the 9 month session Genisis has vs. the 17 weeks with Simply Wisconsin.
  7. Can anyone recommend a CSA that delivers or has a pick up location near Wicker Park/Bucktown? I've been doing Homegrown Wisconsin, but they moved the pick up location for next summer on me, so I wanted to see what the other options are out there. Year round, seasonal, whatever. Where are you getting your veggies, etc?
  8. Bill Nieman is all about the goats these days. BN Ranch is what its marketed under. He no longer has control over his pork/beef thats marketed under Nieman. I can see goat being big just because of his reputation.
  9. Bayless is a personal friend of the Obamas, fwiw.
  10. Argentineans do make ham and cheese and humita(corn and white sauce) empanadas and some seafood and stronger cheese but of course they all are savoury. Although Argentineans also make a kind of quick fried pockets filled with quince paste or other sweet pastes. These pockets resemble the federal star of eight points rather than an empanada. ← The Argentinian sweet empanada like things are called pastelitos. There are three versions, quince membrillo, sweet potato membrillo, and dulce de leche. Each has a specific fold so you know which one they are. Almost won ton wrappers, fried, covere
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    Dinner! 2008

    Not only are your morels beautiful but the pasta looks really toothsome. I think the spore must have been in the planting mix, but two weeks ago I spied a morel amongst the annuals. It was not as dark as I have seen photos of and I have never seen any other than dried, but when I snapped it off the fragrance was heavenly. I was too afraid to eat it because I know that some poisonous plants mimic o.k. plants, but if that is the morel scent then I need to check this thing out. ← No poisonous mushroom looks like a Morel. Thats why non-professionals feel safe shroom hunting and eating. Next ti
  12. The Amana Colonies are between Grinnell and CR. They'll have some good meat markets, its an old German enclave. If you head over to Central College in Pella, they have two meat markets and two bakeries (Dutch) on the square, and its about 30 minutes from Grinnell. As far as cocktails? Wowee... I can't think of any place special...
  13. I always enjoyed this recipe... http://www.etiquettegrrls.com/pages/feature_recipe.html I've added dried jalepenos from the garden, a fantastic touch.
  14. Spring serves at the bar, and the bartenders are top notch. Plus its around the corner from the Violet Hour if you need another drink.
  15. Recommendations would be much appreciated by me too. My In-laws live in Naples full time and if I have to keep going to a "we found this great italian restaurant" - Maggianos or "we found this great chinese restaurant" - P.F. Chang's. I'm going to scream. Or ending up on 5th at 5:30 during high season with an infant and a two hour wait. What are some good, reliable restaurants, besides the Turtle Club's grouper sandwich or salad?
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