From the Archives: The Best Chili Ever

I have some dried ghost peppers that I have no idea what to do with. *Maybe* I'll give then a whirl here.

meatball sandwich

One of my favorite pastimes is freshly steamed white rice with unseasoned grilled salmon. As for sandwiches, I've only recently has my first BLT, and I'm quite taken away.

What You Need to Know About the Communion Wafer-Topped Ghost Burger at Kuma's Corner

"Restaurant representatives say they’ve had death threats since they added the burger to the menu..." Islamophobia? ha!

How to Throw a Dumpling Party

I love that this earns its own tag. #dumplingparty

Deep Fried Chicago: The Boarding House Lunch at Big Jones

This will be greatly missed! But also this is a great capstone.

Chicago Lollapalooza Preview: 10 Places We Can't Wait to Try in Chow Town

Maybe a dumb question, but do I need to be admitted / have a ticket to get to the food!?

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Matt Eversman's Lakeview

I just had a bloody at Crosby's last weekend! Must check out Rocks soon.

Deep Fried Chicago: Crisp

This place is so good. I usually get fried chicken, and then some kind of rice bowl rather than fries. Only thing that would make this place even better is seafood, and perhaps more room.

The Search for America's Best Tacos: Midwest Contenders

I must recommend La Estrellita Supermercado. Thin corn tortillas come doubled and steamed. The filling is available in anything but ground beef, with meats ranging from barbacoa to carnitas to lengua. For a couple bucks a taco, you get about a third-pound of meat in a single taco, topped with cilantro and onion. The meat is flavorful, but bland, so salt comes on the side.

Basil and Parsley Pesto with Anchovies from 'Canal House Cooks Every Day'

Summer is pesto time, at least in my house. Almost every green leaf I can get my hands on, from basil and parsley to carrot tops and kale, will get a whirl in the food processor with the requisite garlic, nuts, cheese, and olive oil over the course of the season. Yet despite my willingness to push pesto boundaries, I've never slipped in anchovies and green olives. This idea, from Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's Canal House Cooks Every Day, was a revelation. More

Staff Picks: Our Dream Dinners at Home on Valentine's Day

Of all the date nights in the year, the Valentine's Day date night comes with especially big pressures. Where will you get a reservation? Will you get a reservation? Do they even take reservations? Ah, geez. To avoid all the fuss, we're tempted to just stay in and make a lovely meal at home. Here are some of our favorite recipes for Valentine's Day dinners at home. More