Le Master

Student in downtown Chicago.

  • Favorite foods: Garlic. Mexican.

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Pizza + Lasagna = Pizzagna

Inb4: Pizza + Lasagna = Chicago Style

Chicago's Deep Dish Pizza Showdown!, your standard all-purpose flour is best.

Weekend Giveaway: 'My Father's Daughter'

After everywhere he's been and after everything he has eaten, it'd be really interesting to see a cookbook from Mr. Anthony Bourdain. I can only imagine the electic substance of it.

Win Tickets to the James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner, Friday, May 6

The Noma cookbook is probably my favorite purchase off Amazon in years. A lot of the ingredients are nearly unattainable and that is what makes a lot of the recipes so fascinating and inspiring. Redzepi literally went out and scavenged for edibles to create new products. Even when not being able to reproduce the recipes, it urges you to reproduce the methodology behind them.

Win Tickets to the James Beard Foundation Awards, Monday, May 9, in NYC

I admittedly haven't been to all the restaurants listed, but it'd be great to see Girl & The Goat nab the award. It's a one-of-a-kind experience dining there.

Why We're Paying More for Coffee

A vast amount of labor goes into nearly every little thing we use daily. Just look at the pencil.

With a rise in prices of goods, it doesn't follow that those laboring are going to be paid more. We the consumers don't pay for the drudgery and trouble the worker took, and we don't pay for the amount of time the worker spent in working. We pay for the products.

There is only one way to achieve higher wages, and that's to raise the marginal productivity of each worker's contribution by enlarging the amount of capital invested per capita. The height of wages is contingent on the height of the per head quota of capital invested. The marginal utility of the laborer's contribution rises and makes wages go up concurrently when the accumulation of capital outpaces the expansion in population. Saving and capital accumulation are the very instruments of making better the material conditions of the wage earners. Higher prices for coffee like this will likely see a loss of marginal buyers, less profits, and therefore a decrease in capital that can be reinvested into employment and other factors of production.

The only one way that leads to an improvement of the standard of living for the masses: the increase in the amount of capital invested. Any other method is not only vain, but it's actually harmful to the welfare of those they supposedly want to benefit.

Chicago: At The Gage, Sometimes Cheaper Is Better

I have classes at the Gage building every week and I've always been tempted to eat at that restaurant on my way out. But I think your post will finally get me in there; those burgers look so good.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

We're having a beer & guac party. The day before the game we will be turning 42 avocados into a pool of guacamole. It will also include cilantro, red onions, fresh garlic, and tomatoes. And there will be four coolers packed with eight twelve-packs of Samuel Adams. It's going to be a fun day. Though, a case of hamburger patties would make it much cooler.

Garlic Powder vs. Fresh Garlic

Fresh garlic, by a long shot. But the powder is still very, very good. I'm obsessed with garlic and I'll only eat meals (even if it's breakfast) that I'm able to put garlic on. However, I have two pounds of organic garlic powder on hand for when I don't have time to chop garlic. But even sometimes after I cook a meal to which I've already added fresh garlic, I'll put a light coat of garlic powder on top just for a little more garlicky flavor.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Mexican chorizo omelet with onions, jalapeƱos, cilantro, and a boatload of cheese.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Zingerman's Praise the Lard Gift Box

Fifteen years old and pulling an all-nighter with the adults to help cook an entire pig on a spit for a neighborhood pig roast. This night also may or may not have included keg stands.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Chorizo omelets with pico de gallo, onions, jalapeƱos, and a ton of queso.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia

With chopped (as opposed to minced) garlic and olive oil.*

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia

With chopped (as opposed to minced0 garlic and olive oil.


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