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Win a Copy of 'A Boat, a Whale, & a Walrus'

Lots of tasty small bites - bacon-wrapped dates, pigs in a blanket, cheese plate, a few sweet things.

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

Blue for the thermapen and red for the meat - a nice steak!

An Ode to The Charleston, a Neighborhood Bar in Chicago's Bucktown

Ah...The Charleston. It's been nearly a decade since I lived near Webster and Leavitt. It's still one of my all time favorites. There was a great band I caught a few times - two older gentlemen in tuxes, one on upright bass, the other on piano, and two classy dames, wearing evening gowns and belting out standards. Once a random guy at the bar just jumped in on trumpet. They always would close by parading around the bar (a daring feat) to "When the Saints Come Marching In." Thanks for putting a smile on may face today :)

Grilled Cheese with Kimchi

I was skeptical upon trying a kimchi quesadilla from the infamous LA Kogi truck. It was delicious. This recipe is a must try.

Cook the Book: 'Vegetable Literacy' by Deborah Madison

Oven roasted Brussels sprouts, with just some olive oil, salt, and pepper

Please Reminisce about Birthday Cake

My mom always figures out a way to get me red velvet cake on my birthday, and goodness knows I love her for it.

What Cuisine Types Are Most Vegan-Friendly?

For the record (and as an omnivore), the best vegan food I've ever had was at the Spiral Diner, a fantastic vegan joint in Fort Worth, TX ;)