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Friday food porn: Love that sausage!

Get your grill on this Memorial Day! Markethouse restaurant in Streeterville sells its house-made sausages and charcuterie for carryout, so you can cook them at home. The selection includes lamb merguez, seafood sausage, veal and pork bratwurst, spiced apple chicken sausage, hot or sweet Italian sausage and more. Most cost between $6.50 and $7.95 a […]

Heads up, bakers! The Wilton sale’s coming

If you do your own baking, you won’t want to miss the return of the annual Wilton tent sale, June 1 through 19 at Wilton headquarters in Woodridge. The huge sale, housed in a football-field-sized tent, offers up to 75 percent off on Wilton cake pans, baking tools, cake accessories, cookie and candy tools, cake […]

Fishing for the bounty of the Great Lakes

Sample the delights of freshwater fish with Slow Food Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in a “Taste of the Great Lakes” dinner at Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop on the Clybourn Corridor. Fishmongers Dirk and Terry Fucik celebrate the bounty of the Great Lakes and present a family-style dinner featuring local fish as […]

Top Chicago spots for Purim goodies

The Jewish festival of Purim begins at sunset Wednesday, March 7. Like many Jewish holidays, Purim commemorates yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed to wipe out the Jews — in this case a Persian tyrant in about 360 B.C. — but this holiday is more festive than most, a boisterous Mardi […]

Eat this! Sweet potatoes, naturally sweet and fun to eat

What it is: A long, tapered, typically orange-fleshed tuber, the naturally sweet sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is actually a closer relative of the morning glory than the regular potato (Solanum tuberosum). Sweet potatoes come in a variety of colors — orange, yellow, beige, white, pink and even purple. Those with orange flesh tend to be […]

Artisans’ cheese sale now monthly

Great American Cheese’s Warehouse Cheese Market shifts to a less-frequent schedule in 2012, offering its small-batch cheeses from artisanal producers around the country only on the first Saturday of each month. The sale takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with proprietor Giles Schnierle on hand to offer tastings, tips and information about the […]

Eat this! How to make mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving

What it is: Do we really need to tell you? Where it comes from: Potatoes originated in South America and weren’t introduced to Europe until the 16th century. Whoever first decided to mash them is lost to history. What to do with it: Floury russet potatoes work best for mashing. Just in time for Thanksgiving, […]

Friday food porn: Pillowy comforts

Just the thing to warm up with on cool fall nights: Gnocchi al pomodoro, comforting little pillows of pasta, coated with tomato sauce, basil and parmesan, $14 at Il Poggiolo in Hinsdale.

Friday food porn: A real French tart

The freshness of summer in a flaky crust.

National Hot Dog Month: Five top Chicago franks to try

During National Hot Dog Month in July, why not visit some area sausage makers and try some great locally made dogs?