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Friday food porn: Long and flavorful

Along with its global selection of desserts, Gur Sweets Bakery in Elmhurst also serves savory dishes, such as this chicken biryani, an Indian pilaf made from chicken cooked slowly with fresh Indian spices and layered with caramelized onions, cilantro green chiles and the long, slender grains of aromatic basmati rice, then served with house-made yogurt […]

What’s a Cronut and where can you get one?

Part doughnuts, part croissants, “Cronuts” are the latest culinary craze sweeping New York City. The baked goods debuted last month at Dominique Ansel’s, namesake SoHo bakery. The cult following for the limited-availability pastry has not only led to extensive lines at Ansel’s bakeshop, but also a black market peddling the authentic articles for up to […]

We are the cone home

What would summer be without ice-cream cones? Chicago’s contribution to this seasonal essential comes from the Keebler factory at 10839 S. Langley Ave. The world’s largest bakery of ice cream cones, producing sugar cones, waffle cones, waffle bowls, vanilla cups, vanilla cones and fudge-dipped cups, the plant’s 28 ovens bake more than 3 million items […]

Chocoholics: Enter by May 8 for sweet Mother’s Day contest

Think you bake a mean chocolate cake or a decadent chocolate mousse? Chocolate artist Alain Roby of All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva invites home cooks to honor their moms and enter the bakery’s “The Mother of All Foodies” recipe contest. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, enter your top chocolate dessert creation and you could win a […]

Friday food porn: Tarts for sale

Get tarts like this custom made by subscription from interior designer Stephanie Lock, who leaves off from furnishings and decor during the warmer months to concentrate on baking. Seasonal selections made from local-farm fruit may include rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, raspberry, nectarine, Italian plum, apple, pear and pumpkin. The all-butter pastry is made with European-style Plugrá butter. […]

Floriole Cafe & Bakery Debuts Pizza Nights

FlorioleFloriole Cafe & Bakery Debuts Pizza Nights Cafe & Bakery Debuts Pizza Nights   Just when you thought Floriole Cafe & Bakery couldn’t get any better, they begin making pizza and take one step closer to usurping my life. That’s right, the city’s best spot for croissants, tarts, brownies, and so much more is taking on pizza, […]

Two days to celebrate paczki in Chicago!

In Poland, today is Tlusty Czwartek or Fat Thursday, otherwise known as Paczki Day (say “POONCH-key”). In the U.S., though, many Poles celebrate on Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, which will be next week. Chicagoans are lucky — we get to observe both days! Thousands of Polish Chicagoans as well as other pastry […]

Sweet! Pastry Chef Roby racks up another world record

Award-winning pastry chef Alain Roby won his third Guinness World Record Saturday in Geneva, when he created the world’s largest candy cane. Certified Master Chef of Pastry and Sugar Artistry Roby pulled sugar down Third Street to make the giant holiday sweet, which stretched 51 feet from the Geneva Courthouse to his All Chocolate Kitchen. […]

Pumpkin pie or sweet potato? Why not both?

Thanksgiving’s coming, get your pie orders in now! If you’re looking for scrumptious seasonal pies such as those featured in today’s Sun-Times story on sweet potato and pumpkin pie, and don’t want to bake your own, pick up the phone today. Here are some of Chicago’s top pie picks: Jimmy Jamm Sweet Potato Pie, Beverly. […]

Kaufman’s reopens Oct. 29

Mazel tov, deli fans! After being closed by fire for nearly a year, Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen is slated to reopen on Oct. 29, the owners announced this week, bagels, rye bread, corned beef and all. “We’ve been assured by our contractor, architect, rabbi, priest, suppliers, the village elders and our neighbors that the 29th […]