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Good buns for roast pig

Good to know. I was thinking of putting a little twist on it. Possibly stuffing with Pineapple & Onion with a cumin based rub. In that line of thought though I was thinking of getting corn torts and having onion, cilantro and a roast salsa (roasting tom, garlic, onion, jalp, cilantro, lime) under the pig

Jul 18, 2013
patrad in Chicago Area

Good buns for roast pig

I'm not but I am at Sam's. Although I'd rather support a local bakery than either Sam's or Costco. I have a feeling I'll be getting some there though.

Jul 18, 2013
patrad in Chicago Area

Good buns for roast pig

I'm roasting a pig this weekend and I'm wondering where best to go for lots of buns for bbq? Driving from Edgewater. .

Jul 15, 2013
patrad in Chicago Area

Help me find "powdered sour" [moved from Home Cooking]

Wow, that's unique. Could you post the recipe?

Mar 04, 2011
patrad in General Topics

Help me find "powdered sour" [moved from Home Cooking]

Thank you, I do love Zurek, I could not stop eating it when I was in Krakow last Summer. That's also on my list to create soon.

Mar 02, 2011
patrad in General Topics

Help me find "powdered sour" [moved from Home Cooking]

I'm fairly certain now it's either this, Heidelberg Rye Sour (unavailable) http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...

or one of these (in 50# bags!!!
)http://caravanproducts.com/prodlist.a...

Feb 28, 2011
patrad in General Topics

Help me find "powdered sour" [moved from Home Cooking]

I've been going through a Polish cookbook of mine with the desire to make Polish Rye like many places here in Chicago. Just wondering if anyone has a suggested source for "powdered sour" which the author describes as "An integral ingredient that gives Rye bread its distinctive mellow, tangy, sour flavor. Powdered sour is available at any quality baking supply house or through mail order"

Questions:
1) What is a good source for this either online or in Chicago? A cursory search of the internet did not help me immediatley . . which leads me to
2) Searching for "powdered sour" reveals links to "powedered sour cream" . . same thing? related?

It was suggested elsewhere this may be the same thing, is it? http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i...

Thanks!

Feb 28, 2011
patrad in General Topics

White (Easter) Borscht

I found this link accurate as I recreate my Dad's White Borscht. He gave me his recipe and I must note, it is very different from Zurek mentioned below. http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/...

I think the key is that it always starts with sausage broth . .

I boil fresh Easter sausage (garlic & marjoram pork sausage, we never used cured or smoked), add potatoes, sour cream, cornstarch, mushrooms, bay leaf, lemon juice. We eat it with Rye bread. .

Nov 02, 2010
patrad in Home Cooking

Anniversary Dinner in London

It's not close to Picadilly, but you may try Gordon Ramsey's Narrow. It's as high class British food you can get. Very, very tasty. Not quite pre fix fine dining, but everything is done very well. For this time of year, it's location on the river is fantastic. Ask for a table on the pavillion, along the floor to ceiling open door/windows. . .

if you go early enough you could take the thames clipper there and back for a romantic boat trip . . . and see london from the river. . . or you can take the tube/DLR or a cab.

Jul 20, 2010
patrad in U.K./Ireland

Food shop near Waterloo

yes greensmiths is nice. great place for brunch or coffee too.

Jun 27, 2010
patrad in U.K./Ireland

Mexican food stand - Elephant & Castle/London

best tacos in london. hands down. i made sure to see him on cinco de mayo . . he also had killer homemade horchada

viva arturo!

May 28, 2010
patrad in U.K./Ireland

Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet - my Quest

for a rocks glass:
1 sugar cube
1 cherry
orange slice
4 shakes of bitters
cherry juice or grenadine to taste (for myself i leave it out, but this adds more sweetness, obviously)
muddle the above things.
add rocks, brandy and club soda again to taste

so tough to find a place that makes these well. if you are in milwaukee this receipe is pretty close to those served at the palomino in bay view (my old corner bar)

Oct 25, 2008
patrad in Spirits

wedding: unique catering

Wondering if anyone has any advice. I found this thread, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/432805 and will check those out. However my fiancee and I have been to 4-5 weddings this summer already, and have been extremely underwhelmed by the plated dinners. We are getting married in Frankfort, IL at http://www.cdandme.com. It's kind of a blend between indoors and outdoors and we were thinking it would be fun to leverage that in our catering choices. Something unique, that could take advantage of the outdoors. I'm really trying to avoid plated chicken or beef, no matter how good. my intials thoughts were having something grilled/roasted on site. anyhow, if you've seen something unique at an outdoor wedding, or know a creative caterer that would have good suggestions, let me know, thanks!

Jul 13, 2008
patrad in Chicago Area

Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

no one has mentioned my favorties so I'll post them. budacki's on damen and lawrence. 2$ dog and fries. . . too easy when I'm getting off the el. and wolfy's on Peterson. . . always stop on my way to the highway. does no one else feel hot doug's crazy hours, lines around the block and random closings a bit annoying? I'm surprised no one's mentioned it.

Aug 27, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

IMHO superdawg is overrated. and no viena beef.

Aug 27, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Where to Go for the Best Hot Dog

huh I just looked up the address. I live near ashland and foster and i've never seen this place. I'll have to check it out. I frequent Budacki's (damen & lawrence) and Wolfy's on Peterson.

Aug 27, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Best Chicago BYOB (Casual)

Thanks for the suggestions. I will add them all to my list and post some reviews as we go.

Aug 19, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Best Chicago BYOB (Casual)

I'm starting a dinner club with my friends in Chicago and I'm focusing on BYOB places only. By BYOB I am meaning the casual, no cork fee, places. Anyone have any suggestions? Preferred dining area would be within range of Lakeview/Lincoln Park/Uptown. Thanks!

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Wanted: Anthony Bourdain experience this weekend!

888 was closed last time I tried to go :( luckily tank noodle was bustling as usual.

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Detroit. Coney Island?

yeah I spend a lot of time there and never got it. in Wisconsin they would be "Family Restaurants" but I think it's because of the Coney dogs? which are quite revolting to me. I asked a lot of Detroit natives when I was there and no one could really give me an answer.

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Great Lakes

One treat a day for the rest of your life?

dark, rich, pho. raw beef and tons of thai basi and lime.

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in General Topics

Your favorite sandwich. Ones you make at home.

my father and I make Polish sausage every spring. basically unsmoked pork sausage with lots of garlic and majoram. anyhow, I'll always boil those to cook, and put in the fridge. when I need a snack I will halve a link lengthwise, put in on some good polish rye with horseradish mustard. mmmm. if the sausage is not around then second is smoked ham, horseradish mustard and sharp wisconsin cheddar

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in General Topics

Did we make the right choice? Review our food choices!

a great place for breakfast near Wrigley is Julius Meinl's. a european/vienese type place, get baked eggs with salmon and creme fraiche. . sit on the patio and enjoy! mmmmmm. my favorite sushi is coast in bucktown. yes it's not chicago's speciality but this place is BYOB, which makes up for it :)

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Best croissant from Chicago bakery

I live a block away from the Isabella Bakery on Foster. croissants there are great, croissant sandwiches are better, and the empanadas rule! and if anyone happens to go there, make sure you get a chille rellano sandwich! outstanding, everything is dirt cheap!

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Thoughts on these choices for a group dinner?

I brought a group of 8 to Mambo Grill and was pleasently surprised.

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Chicago Area

Tips on Deep-Frying a Turkey

I've always been challenged with what to do with smaller amounts of oil. Like if I am just deep frying some fish in a Gallon. When is it acceptable to re-use it?

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Features

What Is Ceviche?

The trio of ceviches at Fronterra Grill as noted in the article were some of the best I have ever had.

Aug 14, 2007
patrad in Features