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My range died and I need recipes

Hopefully your new range is working now! But if you're ever still looking for a reason to use the crockpot, here is an entire year's worth of crockpot recipes without any duplicates. (Found it on Pinterest.)

Favorite Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?

@Lancaster - so I tried Giordano's stuffed spinach pizza tonight... yummo!! Thanks for the suggestion!

My range died and I need recipes

How about a crock pot? There are tons of things you can do with a slow cooker.

Headed Cross Country, Need Suggestions!

@gardenstater -- Thanks! I always feel like Mike looks like he should be a Frank, and then I get confused and can't remember which one is Frank or what the other name is. :)

Headed Cross Country, Need Suggestions!

I disagree with the Steak & Shake suggestion. Their food sits like lead in your stomach. Not great for traveling.

If you're taking I80, the first exit over the Mississippi River is LeClaire, Iowa, a great little town and home of The American Pickers. Too bad you won't be a day or two earlier, because they have Tug Fest this weekend (Thurs-Sunday) which includes a giant street carnival, amazing fireworks Friday night, and Saturday's tug of war across the Mississippi River, (LeClaire vs. Port Byron, Illinois.) If you do stop in LeClaire to see the American Pickers shop, try eating at Sneaky Pete's for wood grilled steak, or Happy Joe's for the pizza buffet. If you go the pizza way, be sure to sample their taco pizza. And the LeClaire Happy Joes also gives free ice cream with their pizza buffet! If you are in town in the evening, stop in at the wine bar 129 for your night cap. (And ps, the last two times I've been there, I've seen the tall guy from American Pickers. I always forget his name.)

What do you top your burgers with?

Boetje's mustard! I know they are mostly a Midwest thing, but I've heard they're available other places too. If you've never tried it, you don't know what you're missing! (If you google them, google 'Boetje Foods Inc').

Favorite Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?

Thanks, cpd007! I'm in the far west suburbs so the next time I get into the city I'll have to try Louisa's, just to get the "all together" experience!

Favorite Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?

Lol @apopquizkid .... I believe it!

@cpd007 ... I do love Uno's tomatoes and I never thought about how similar they are to Lou Malnati's. I didn't realize that LM's was a break-off of Uno's. (I'm not from the Chicago area originally, so I guess I have some catching up to do.)

Favorite Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?

OOoooh! I have never tried that! I always order pepperoni so I never even looked at their menu to see the spinach stuffed. I'll definitely try that one next time!

Veggie Katsu from Haru Hana

But you ARE on expert on katsu! Thank you!! I'm betting that butternut squash recipe would indeed be close to the pumpkin one. I'll have to try it out!

Thanks again!

Where to go to dinner for my 30th Birthday

Sounds pretty awesome! Which part of the city is it? I live out in the suburbs of the suburbs, but have to be in the city several times over the next few months for trainings. Sounds like a meal that could be expensed, right? ;)

Cookbooks for Gifts

For inexperienced, I say "Lickety Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go". It's not new, but not real old (2007) and it's a fabulously designed book. The recipes are clear and easy to use. Part of the point of the book is that the meals should be easy to make so everything is specific and laid out in detail. Plus it's spiral bound and has a built in book stand. It's my favorite cookbook!

My 'quirky' choice is older, put out in 1999, but it was my 2nd go-to book during my first marriage. The book is called "Oh Deer, The Venison Cookbook for Beginners" and has lots of easy, fun, and tasty recipes for cooking with venison, as well as tips for that specialty. (For example, you can't make burger patties out of venison without adding fat to it.)

Where to go to dinner for my 30th Birthday

Billy, you have a fabulous sense of humor. :) So, if I might ask, where DID you go (besides the Shell station, of course)?

Chicago in early July

I'm agreeing with the previous commenter on deep dish pizza. My favorite is Lou Malnati's, although I have a Giordano's in delivery distance so I get them more often. And yes, do order the butter crust. It's amazing. Uno's is awesome too. If you go there, order the pizza skins for an appetizer.

Any good cookbook suggestions to pick up this summer?

It's not a new one, but go right now and buy "Lickety Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go", by Zonya Foca. She's got tons of great (and healthy) recipes divided up by helpful categories, including a section that's designed to provide you prep time, time to workout while the food bakes, and then the finishing touches for serving. Plus the whole book is made so that it easily stands up to use while in the kitchen. Go check it out!

Friday night dinner @ home - Brainstorming a new tradition?

How about a several course Chinese dinner? Egg rolls take a while to prep, but are actually pretty easy to make once you get past chopping everything. Crab rangoons are another fairly simple recipe that take a little time to prep. Throw some rice into a cooker half an hour before he's scheduled home and you'll have a yummy meal that will probably have plenty of leftovers for another night without so much time!

Food in Sycamore, IL

BBQ...Thanks...I think? I pretty much work all the time so it's true, I've mostly tried the places between my work (on the Sycamore/DeKalb border) and home (off State Street). I've actually been to Maple Park already and tried one place there but not Sorrento's. I'll have to look into that one. I've tried almost everything in the part of Sycamore I live in, except for Shawn's, which I hear is good but haven't got to. So this request was really for people to share the places that I probably haven't found yet, like Sorrento's.

What should I serve with Burgers?

I absolutely love sangria but I would never think of drinking it with burgers. For burgers I would expect to have a beer. If you really want to do something unique, get an unusual beer, or find one that can go with a theme. For example, include salsa and guacamole on your fixin's bar, call it a fiesta, and serve Dos Equis. Or make a playlist of classic rock and serve Rollin' Rock. Find an interesting beer (NOT Coors or whatever other cheap one gets served at most parties) and make a theme to go with it.

And ps, salsa and guacamole really are awesome on burgers.

What dish best represents the food of your region?

joyyy... i LOVE navajo fry bread!! not something i can find anywhere at all in illinois.

It's time to open up a pizzeria!

You should check out the forums at and ask people over there. They are super helpful about things like starting restaurants and stuff.

What dish best represents the food of your region?

@bezerkley cracks me up! :)

I'm in the suburbs of the Chicago suburbs, so I have to say deep dish pizza.

I recently moved here from an area on the Iowa/Illinois border (think Davenport, Iowa and Moline, IL) and in that area we have our own variety of pizza that is different from anything I've tasted in the rest of the country. It's a thinner crust with a particular taste to the sauce and sausage. It was first made by the Harris brothers and I think that Harris 1, 2, and 3 are still open. Most other Quad City pizza is a derivative of Harris style pizza.

"Wok" should I do?

I used to use an electric wok all the time, and not just for stir fry but also for deep frying things like fry bread and soapapillas. Sometimes it had trouble maintaining the temps for a long period of time if I was doing a lot of deep frying, but I don't think there would be any problem for most of your wok cooking.

Sunday Brunch: Eggs Baked in Avocado

This looks amazing. If I cooked, I'd make it. I think someone should make this for me.

48 hours in Chicago

You should go at least once to an authentic Chicago pizza place. My favorite is Lou Malnati's, but you can also go to Gino's (East is best) or Giordano's. For a true Chicago experience get the deep dish pizza, but do that when you get to go back to your room and sleep afterwards. Don't plan a lot of physical activity after that kind of meal.

Places to eat in DeKalb, Illinois

You guys didn't mention Pizza Villa in DeKalb! I took all my assorted moving helpers there for dinner last night. It's not cheap but the pizza is decent. I love the focaccia crust!


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