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New in Town - Looking for local turkeys for T-Day

Just moved to the area - wondering i can find a great local, pasture-raised turkey for Thanksgiving. Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks!

Nov 10, 2013
jbentley4 in Metro Portland

HELP!! What are the BEST ASIAN MARKETS around town?

Thoughts about H-Mart anybody?

Jul 28, 2012
jbentley4 in Los Angeles Area

Best chicken wings in Lakeview?

I recommend trying Crisp (http://www.crisponline.com) on the 2900 block of Broadway. They offer 5 yummy styles of Korean and American wings, as well as sandwiches, sides (from kimche to fries), rice and meat plates and Buddha Bowls featuring tasty Korean vegetables with rice.

Nov 04, 2009
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Mojo Marinated Pork Cubano (Lechon Asado)

Does the pork not get browned before braising? WOUld it be a bad idea to brown it?

Oct 26, 2009
jbentley4 in Recipes

Pho in the Loop?

I crave this stuff for lunch all the time, but I'm unaware of any Vietnamese eateries in the Loop. It seems that pho is a natural lunch dish, but I can't seem to find any and it's driving me crazy, so if anybody knows of any places - particularly on or around LaSalle (i'm at LaSalle and Madison), I'd be most grateful to hear about it. Thanks.

Feb 20, 2009
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where can I buy fresh pork bellies?

Thanks for all your input!

Jan 15, 2009
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where can I buy fresh pork bellies?

Any ideas - particularly on the North Side? Thanks!

Jan 08, 2009
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

What Kind of Cooking Show Host Do You Prefer?

Love Mark Bittman - is personable and caters to the lay food lover.

Jan 02, 2009
jbentley4 in Food Media & News

Is this a good Bolognese Recipe?

And don't forget a nice bottle of wine

Jan 02, 2009
jbentley4 in Home Cooking

Where to buy pasta makers?

Turns out my brother is coming for Christmas and I've been meaning to get him pasta maker for sometime. Anybody have any idea where I might be able to find a simple, but dependable hand-crank one (preferably Italian-made like Imperia or Atlas)? Any insight is most appreciated. Thanks.

Dec 19, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where to find Christmas goose

I found several - I'm just wondering if most experienced cooks would recommend it.

Dec 10, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where to find Christmas goose

I've been asked to cook a goose for Christmas this year and am wondering where might be the best pace to procure one. I know Treasure Island has frozen ones and Whole Foods sometimes sells them during Holiday season. Does anybody have any other/better ideas?

Two other questions: does fresh v. frozen make much of a difference? Also, does one brine a goose like a Turkey?

Thanks

Dec 10, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where to find veal bones

Excellent. Thanks for the tip. I'm always up for a trip to Devon.

Dec 10, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where to find veal bones

Thanks for the reference. I'm definitely going to look into that, but I'm also keen to give it a go myself.

Dec 09, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where to find veal bones

Yeah, that's the thing about these upper-scale, high quality butchers - nothing is a bargain. You want to make some demi-glace or some stock, and the next thing you know, you're $30-$40 in the hole.

Dec 08, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Where to find veal bones

Inspired by James Peterson's feature on classic French sauces in the latest edition of Saveur, I'm feeling motivated to spend a couple of weekends making stocks and demi glace. So I'm just wondering if anybody can point me to any local butchers or other outlets where I can get my hands on some good-stock-making veal bones at a reasonable price? Paulina Meat Market? Gepperth's?

Dec 04, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Roast Chicken quandary

Thanks for all of your suggestions! BTW I have a gas convection oven..

Dec 04, 2008
jbentley4 in Home Cooking

Roast Chicken quandary

Hi folks,

I'm on what seems to be a lifelong quest to produce a perfect roast chicken (I roast probably at least one a week), and while I come very close on many occasions, I seem to always have a problem producing and maintaining crispy skin. Even when skin is crisp as bird comes out of the oven, it usually gets soft while resting, as I make jus or whatever. Anybody have any tips or suggestions? Thanks.

Dec 03, 2008
jbentley4 in Home Cooking

BBQ in Lake Gaston/Littleton NC

I'm headed to Littleton for a wedding and would be eager to sink my teeth into some authentic NC bbq if I can. I've never been to the region, so if anybody can share any ideas about where I might find some either in/near Littleton or on the way from the airport in Raleigh-Durham, I would be most grateful. Thanks!

Where to go for Italian on the Northside?

Hands down, my recommendation would be Terragusto Cafe at 1851 W. Addison, just west of Wrigley Field. It's super authentic, they make their own pasta fresh daily and meals are prepared with fresh, local, organic produce, meats and cheeses. Also, it's byob, so you won't spend a fortune on wine. No need for valet as street parking is readily available.
www.terragustocafe.com

Jul 15, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Moving to Lakeview...where to eat?

Yoshi's Cafe (www.yoshiscafe.com) at 3257 N. Halsted has been around for 20 years and serves immaculately preprared imaginative Asian and American cuisine. It's a bit of splurge (but casual), but it is fantastic, both for lunch, and especially for dinner.

Another nice place is Erwin Cafe at 29?? Halsted. Great, no-frills contemporary American cuisine. www.erwincafe.com.

Finally, for super, authentic Italian hop on the 152 bus and go west (about 10 minutes) on Addison to Terragusto Cafe. Small byob that makes their own pasta fresh daily - superb. www.terragustocafe.com

Jul 09, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Hazan's tomato sauce with onion and butter

Exactly - this dish is all about the tomatoes. If you love tomatoes and use high quality tomatoes, this simple dish will be divine. I always used fresh ones and have excellent results every time.

May 23, 2008
jbentley4 in Home Cooking

Basmati Rice - Help with Cooking

1.5 cups of water (or slightly less) to 1 cup of rice. I find that most rice available in the U.S. these days does not need to be rinsed or soaked. I also toss the rice with a dab or two of melted butter before adding water, and another dab or once it's done. Results (using my little rice cooker) are excellent.

May 16, 2008
jbentley4 in Home Cooking

Wings in Lakeview for delivery

Been craving good wings—traditional Buffalo style if possible—and want to order in here in Lakeview. Any recommendations (or warnings!)? Thanks!

May 16, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Sharpening of knives

Anybody know of any decent options in or around Lakeview?

May 16, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Really, Really Easy Indian?

The next time you can hit up an Indian grocer, look for little boxes of spices under the brand name "Shan" - they produce them for every conceivable Indian dish from chicken tandoori and butter chicken to biryani and jalfrezi, and they're fantastic. Unlike seasoning packets and simmer sauces made for American and British consumers, they are made by and for South Asians so flavors are super robust and authentic.

May 13, 2008
jbentley4 in Home Cooking

Farmers' Markets and CSA

There are loads of farmers' markets which other folks have pointed out - information can also be found on newspaper web sites and the city's web site. I don't know much about local CSAs (except that they exist), but I have signed on to get weekly deliveries of organic local produce from an outfit called Fresh Picks (www.freshpicks.com), which provides produce and other goodies from a variety of farms and dairies throughout the region. I think they are more convenient than traditional CSAs in that you order and pay on a weekly basis and can order a la carte in addition to or instead of just getting the weekly box, which they also offer.

May 13, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

"Mom and Pop" Italian Restaurant

I recommend Terragusto Cafe at 1851 W. Addison on the North Side (not too far from downtown). It's intimate and the food is authentic, featuring fresh pasta (made daily), and seasonal/local organic produce and meats. It's BYOB ($2 corkage fee I think). www.terragustocafe.com

May 12, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

First timer -Chicago (from NYC)

If you're in the Lakeview/Wrigleyville/Roscoe Village area on the North Side, I recommend Terragusto Cafe at 1851 W. Addison (http://www.terragustocafe.com/). It's a great, small BYOB serving very authentic Italian cuisine featuring fresh pasta made daily, local organic ingredients, etc.

May 12, 2008
jbentley4 in Chicago Area

Foreigner making Italian cuisine in Italy-NYT

This is a very interesting article - really illustrates how food (and blood) is really integral to a nation concept of its own identity in a way that we really don't fathom here in the U.S.

Apr 17, 2008
jbentley4 in Food Media & News