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Friday food porn: Porked!

As if we needed proof that the bacon trend has reached its nadir, Bakers Square restaurants jump on the porcine bandwagon with the “Salty Hog,” a bacon-topped pie. A blue-ribbon winner at the American Pie Council’s 2011 National Pie Championships in Orlando, Fla., the pie has finally made it to the chain’s menus this month, […]

Two days of cheesecake celebrations

There appears to be a disagreement among bakers as to the date of National Cheesecake Day. That means the rest of us get two days of this cheesey but delectable holiday. Local favorite Eli’s Cheesecake in Dunning celebrates Thursday, July 26, giving away free slices from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also have various […]

Five ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Chicago

In Mexico, the Fifth of May is a relatively laidback holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. But in Chicago, it’s a great excuse for a fiesta. Here are a few ways to celebrate: Chicago Sones de Mexico Ensemble. At 6 p.m. Saturday, […]

Learn to make paczki

Paczki Day is nearly here! This year the celebration takes place on Feb. 21. Why line up at a bakery for these Polish-style pastries when you can make your own? At 2 p.m. Feb. 19, Pastry Chef Dobra Bielinski of Delightful Pastries leads a class on making the filled doughnuts as well as “angel wings.” […]

Chicago bakers’ dynasty celebrates 100 years

One hundred years later, Roeser’s Bakery is still going strong.

Friday food porn: A real French tart

The freshness of summer in a flaky crust.

10 Chicago Mother’s Day freebies

Cherishing your mother needn’t break the budget. Just about every restaurant in town is offering brunch or dinner specials for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, but these sweeten the pot with free items for Mom.

Chicago ushers in the Atomic Age — and its cake

In 1942, on a squash court in Hyde Park, Enrico Fermi and his colleagues cooked up an “atomic pile,” a roughly spherical stack of graphite bricks layered with uranium. With this pile, on Dec. 2, the physicists achieved the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, an event that led to the atomic bomb and nuclear energy.

At some point after that, an enterprising Chicago baker dubbed his latest layered creation the “atomic cake.”

It takes big buns to hold Chicago hot dogs

What is anything without its proper foundation? The bun doesn’t get the attention that other parts of the canonical Chicago hot dog do, but it forms a critical base for the wiener and its load of condiments. (Part 5 of a series in honor of National Hot Dog Month.)

Easter means lamb cake in Chicago

Got Easter lamb? For every table in Chicago that will be serving the meat of young sheep this Easter, at least two will be serving Easter lamb … cake. An ancient symbol of Christ and the Easter sacrifice, the lamb is key in Roman Catholic holiday celebrations. In cities through out the Midwest where Polish, […]