Chicago’s Favorite Hot Pepper, Explained

Chicago’s Favorite Hot Pepper, Explained

photo: Brent Hofacker (shutterstock) Every Chicagoan can pretty much recite the toppings to a Chicago-style hot dog by memory: yellow mustard, diced onions, tomato slices, neon green relish, a pickle spear, sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt. It’s a lot, but in concert, there’s nothing like this vibrant combination of condiments on a … Read more

The Easiest Thai Chicken Skewers Ever

photo: Allie ChanthornReinmann When I was a kid, my mom would occasionally make chicken satay. This herby, nutty, spiced “chicken on a stick” was a favorite of mee and my brothers. Sadly, satay was only for special occasions, and, being the youngest, I still harbor the suspicion that I didn’t get as many as they … Read more

Use This ‘Test’ to Tell if a Restaurant Is Any Good

photo: Aleksei Isachenko (shutterstock) I recently needed to have a new headlight installed in my Prius, since it seemed unwise to drive around New Orleans on only one beam. While waiting to find out how long the repair would take, I crossed the street to La Boulangerie, a French bakery and cafe owned by chef … Read more

Eat This Ultra-Creamy Baba Ganoush Dip With Everything

eggplant doesn’t have a strong foothold in American cuisine, and that needs to change. I’m surprised by how many adults I’ve met who’ve never eaten it, and others who won’t touch the stuff unless it’s covered in marinara and mozzarella. I love eggplant parm as much as the next girl, but there’s so much more … Read more

You Should Pour Hot Water on Your Cake Batter

photo: Allie ChanthornReinmann There are very few cake “improvements” that I trust right away. I’ma food skeptic by nature, and I usually stare at viral hacks and food tricks with squinted eyes until I’m convinced. That’s how I was when I assessed Renee Erickson’s peach cobbler with hot sugar crust before testing it out. Mas … Read more

The Best Ways to Eat Pineapple on Pizza

Hear me out: pineapple pizza can be good, no matter what my favorite linebacker says. Okay, have those of us who needed to do so returned from screaming into a pillow? Good. Let’s get Canadian. I make The lot of Pizza, and thanks to the preferences of the people in my life, a lot of … Read more

Plant-Based Chicken Has Been Here All Along

The other week, I started seeing posters advertising a product called Tindle. “I tried getting back together with my ex. Why wouldn’t I try Tindle?” they cajoled in typical how-do-you-do-fellow-kids marketing speak. Was it a dating app? An e-reader? No, it turns out that Tindle (currently styled TiNDLE, but ugh) is the unfortunate name given … Read more