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Endgrain Restaurant

23 Jun

This new restaurant is a smart-yet-laid-back addition to Roscoe Village. Continue reading


Apple Fritter Cake

2 Mar

I don’t cook with apples enough.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Gorilla Bread

24 Mar Grazing in The City - Chocolate Chip Banana Gorilla Bread

I know I posted about chocolate chip banana bread last month – this is similar, in that it has bananas and chocolate chips – but that’s where the similarities end. This recipe was also a bit over the top, even for me. But doggone it was good.

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Beautiful Blueberry Breakfast Cake

10 Mar Grazing in The City - Blueberry Breakfast Cake

With berry season still some weeks away, I might have jumped the gun here – but this is the sort of thing weekends are made for.

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Dining Rewards Programs

25 Oct Grazing in The City - Frequent Dining Programs

As someone who loves dining out (and a good deal), I’ve tried more than one reward program for dining out. Some have proven to be more lucrative than others – here’s a few I’ve tried. And while my experience with most have been confined to Chicago or Dallas, all these programs should be applicable across the US, at least continental (but I’m not sure if any include international locations):

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Heavenly Cinnamon Peach Swirl Pound Cake

25 Sep Grazing in The City - Chicago - Cinnamon Peach Swirl Pound Cake

Yep – you read that right. This cake has so many delicious flavors all mixed in together, it’ll make your head spin. I wanted to take advantage of some peaches here at the end of the season and this was a great way to do it. It took a good deal of time and required a few more steps, but this was totally worth it – and I will be making this again for other folks. To paraphrase the illustrious Elaine Benes -“It’s real and it’s spectacular”.

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Homemade Granola!

17 Sep Grazing in The City - Chicago - Homemade Granola

One of my new favorite things for breakfast is yogurt and granola, especially during the week. I think it’s just filling enough and not as fattening as other stuff I tend to eat a lot of for breakfast. I will always have a soft spot for breakfast burritos, and steak biscuits from Bojangles – ohh, Bojangles steak biscuits how I do love thee. That’s always a must-have when I go back to NC. Sure do wish more Bojangles were around, but with my semi-obsession, it’s probably a good thing they’re not. Besides, yogurt and granola is a great (and much healthier) alternative.

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Sunday Morning – Buttermilk French Toast

21 Aug

Now, I just happened to have an artisanal loaf of lemon-white chocolate bread, purchased and brought back from my recent vacation. (Sounds a little snooty, right?) It was delicious on its own; but I didn’t want it to go to waste, so I thought I would see what it would it be like as French Toast. Holy Diet Buster – it was amazing. I’d been thinking about making it all weekend, and then I woke up this morning and realized I had no regular milk. Heavy cream? Sure (what piggy doesn’t?). Soy milk? Yep. Buttermilk? Of course. And of these alternate choices, I thought buttermilk would work the best – I also looked online and there’s a TON of buttermilk french toast recipes, so it’s not like I was inventing a new concept.

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Grahamwich Restaurant: Windy City Hot-Spot . . . or Just Full of Hot Air?

15 Jul Grahamwich - Chicago Restaurant - City Dining

So I’ve heard mixed reviews about Grahamwich. On the one hand, it’s considered a fancy-schmancy sandwich shop with underwhelming-yet-overpriced sandwiches. On the other hand, this hot, Windy City lunch spot is also considered an out-of-this-world offshoot of the immensely popular Graham Elliot restaurant over at 217 W. Huron, both created by Chicago’s own Graham Elliot Bowles himself – apparently the youngest 4-star chef in the US and one of the judges on the tv show “MasterChef” – which, I’ll admit I’ve never seen.

(Another cooking challenge show? Slit my wrists now!)

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