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chocolate caramel truffle question

One thing to keep in mind is that the caramel will harden as it cools, so if you up the amount of caramel you make, you should (in theory) end up with more caramel and less chocolate. I would also add a little bit of butter (1T) and vanilla extract or paste (1t) to the caramel mixture for a more pronounced flavor.

Apr 19, 2008
Katherine_84f in Home Cooking

afternoon tea?

I had afternoon tea at the Atwood Cafe (about six months ago, so things may have changed): it was wonderful. Delicate yet delicious, we had a three-tiered stand filled with miniature scones and accompanying curds and preserves, three types of finger sandwiches, petite cookies, and a couple of other things I can't remember. Of course, the tea was also wonderful, and it was around $24/person. They serve tea from 2-4, and suggest reservations.

Atwood Cafe
1 W. Washington Street
Tel: (312) 368-1900

Mar 15, 2008
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Restaurant Week

I just can't believe that I'm out of town. Now that I'm finally in the loop regarding where to get the best food.. I'm on vacation while the great deals are going on!! At least I'll be enjoying wood-fired pizza in Colorado; I can hold my head a little higher.

Feb 21, 2008
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Help. Chicago breakfast and afternoon snack delivery

Flourish Bakery delivers pretty much anywhere, though I'm not sure what they charge for downtown. They do all sorts of breakfast stuff - I love the croissants.

I've heard good things about Specialty's as far as breakfast/lunch options, not sure how they would do for snacks. Never tried them myself.

Potbelly does good breakfast sandwiches, as well as bagels/muffin tops/coffee. I used to work there, and would frequently indulge in the breakfast sandwiches, though the bagels are a healthier option. I don't think they have anything good for snacks.

Jan 28, 2008
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Converting quick bread to muffins

Test them with a wooden toothpick or skewer. When it comes out dry, it's done. Honestly, I take mine out with a couple crumbles clinging to the toothpick, but the safest way is dry. Good luck!

Jan 13, 2008
Katherine_84f in Home Cooking

Where can I buy real LARD?

On that note, I have a couple pounds of frozen fatback in my freezer, any favorite ways to render it?

Jan 03, 2008
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Anthony Bourdain Tonight!

Ugh, I would have loved to go.. didn't find out until too late :(

Nov 28, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

a cafe for reading?

Ooh, I second the Book Cellar. Lots of comfy chairs. Also on the north side is Dollop Coffee right around Buena and Clarendon, Pause Coffee just east of the Berwyn Red Line stop, and of course, Metropolis Coffee - east of the Granville Red Line. Metropolis is by far the largest of the three, Pause and Dollop are small and cozy. Dollop wins in terms of better pastries (the pie is made by Hoosier Mama, a Chicago favorite), and Pause has a more eclectic crowd.

Nov 18, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Like A Tavola.....

I second Crofton on Wells. I went there for my 22nd birthday, and while I was the youngest person there, it didn't bother me at all. It was quiet enough that it didn't really matter how old the patrons were, since we were all far enough apart. Food, service, atmosphere - all were exactly what my husband and I were looking for.

Oct 30, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Looking for Authentic (German) Stollen

What is considered traditional/authentic German Stollen? I used to make Stollen at Christmas-time .. essentially a very rich yeast bread with lots of eggs and butter, then I would knead in candied citron, golden and regular raisins, candied cherries, and a couple other things that I can't recall at the moment. Roll it out, brush half of it with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and fold over so it's vaguely loaf-shaped. No icing or anything on the top - it was rich enough like that.

Is that an authentic version or something my mom created? Regardless, it's delicious!

Oct 28, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Any reviews of Adesso on Broadway?

I've heard really good things about it, but I can't give you any more info than that. I heard it is BYOB as of a few weeks ago, not sure if that's still true.

Oct 23, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Good baguette

Give Flourish Bakery Cafe a try. I love the ciabatta the best, although the baguettes and sesame seminola are great. In terms of breakfast, the ham and cheese croissants are amazing.

Oct 13, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

The Signature Room at the Hancock

I completely agree with you. I went about 3 weeks ago for the first time, and remember being very underwhelmed by the food. The worst part about it was the service. It's not like they were busy and HAD to ignore us - they just ignored us. The waitress was chatting with her friends most of the time. The food was worth maybe half the price, if that. I'm just glad I went with out-of-town friends so I could make an excuse as to why I was there. Ugh.

Aug 22, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Best croissant from Chicago bakery

I became addicted to Flourish Bakery within the past couple of weeks. They make their own croissants, and they're just amazing; light but not too light, flaky, and buttery. Try the ham and cheese. At five all the baked goods from that morning are half off. Oh, and they also have amazing bread. I seem to end up buying a loaf of sourdough every time I'm in there, although I wasn't as much a fan of the onion farm bread.

Aug 14, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Best Place for a Pasta Main

La Tavernetta is a very authentic Italian restaurant. It's family-owned, and located in a basement space just north of Wellington on Broadway. Very rustic, delicious pastas, and not too expensive. I always go for the lasagna.

Aug 14, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Farmers markets opening soon

My Goodness Granola ( started out here and just moved to Michigan last year. I hear her stuff is really good. I bet she could customize it for you if she doesn't have exactly what you're looking for.

Jun 21, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

David Burke's Primehouse?

I highly recommend David Burke's. The service was impeccable (although we were there early in the evening). The scene is warm and luxurious while still friendly. The food was all delicious, with some items impressing me more than others. The Kobe beef appetizer was a little tougher than expected. The table-side Caesar salad was delicious, as was the dry-aged ribeye. They also offer special aged steaks not on the menus - They had one 48 days old when we were there. The dessert impressed me beyond words. It was a pear baked in puff pastry, with a scoop of home-made ice cream on top, and topped with a mini creme brulee. Absolutely out of this world. The tab was about $250 for two, including tip, no alcohol.

Jun 13, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area

Lime Pound Cake

Sounds amazing - I can't wait to try it.

Jun 13, 2007
Katherine_84f in Recipes

Candied Walnuts in the Loop?

You can also make them really easily. I make roasted walnuts (or any other nut) by running water over them, and then coating in cinnamon sugar. Bake at 350 until they're as brown as you like 'em. I usually do about 15-20 minutes.

Jun 13, 2007
Katherine_84f in Chicago Area