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Low-Key and Tasty in Wicker Park

What restaurant would be recommend for a fun casual lunch date in/near Wicker Park for two adventurous eaters? I'm open to any suggestions.

May 27, 2012
kleahey in Chicago Area

Coated or Uncoated Bakeware?

Do you prefer your cookie sheets, cake pans, et cetera with or without a nonstick coating? Why?

Sep 29, 2010
kleahey in Cookware

If You Were Registering for Wedding Gifts,...

what would you pick for your kitchen?
I love to cook and always have. I was spoiled growing up because my grandmother let me loose with all of her lovely kitchenware. Now that I live on my own, I'm really sick of my junky pots, pan, and knives and can't wait to replace them. I want to make sure that I'm registering for things that will last the way that my grandma's things did.

I think I have most of the basics covered (All-Clad pots and pans, Le Creuset french oven, KitchenAid stand mixer, Cuisinart food processor, Global knives, Chicago Metallic bakeware) plus a bunch of little things, but what are a few things you find essential for a well-equipped kitchen which I might have forgotten? Do you have any specific brand recommendations? General suggestions?

I know this is broad, but I appreciate any time that you take in order to respond to it. Thank you.

Sep 19, 2010
kleahey in Cookware