Chewing the Fat
5 months ago
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Hot Doug’s owner, Dough Sohn, announced he will be closing the gourmet hot dog stand this fall. Customers standing in line reflect on the announcement and what the restaurant meant to them. The small Avondale restaurant took the Chicago hot dog stand to the pages of the New York Times Food Section. Customers lined up around the corner and would wait hours for the tasty cased meats. Louisa Chu, co-host of the podcast Chewing the Fat, joins us from outside Hot Doug’s in Avondale.

Photo Credit: Flickr/Stu_Spivak

6 months ago
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What’s the best croissant in Chicago? I gathered a few below but am open to other suggestions for our Paris episode coming up.

What’s the best croissant in Chicago? I gathered a few below but am open to other suggestions for our Paris episode coming up.

6 months ago
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Chewing the Fat co-hosts Louisa Chu and Monica Eng ask legendary Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters and Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper why, despite more than a decade of school food reform, processed foods still rule America’s neediest lunchrooms. We also talk to former Fed Up With Lunch blogger Mrs. Q (aka Sarah Wu) about her exit from the school food movement, and highlight Sitka Conservation Society’s innovative salmon to school program in Alaska. Plus, Louisa makes Monica a 42 ingredient nugget, but Will She Eat It?

6 months ago
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Woke late and had to make a batch of jasmine rice for lunches in a hurry so tried the”turbo” setting on this ridiculously fancy talking rice cooker the BF gave me (I think there is a setting for cleaning your house somewhere). Within 15 minutes I (Monica) had a perfect pot of rice ready to pack for lunch. It also steamed up my WW2 food poster the collection of which, Alice Waters told Chewing the Fat, will be reissued this year! Yay!

Woke late and had to make a batch of jasmine rice for lunches in a hurry so tried the”turbo” setting on this ridiculously fancy talking rice cooker the BF gave me (I think there is a setting for cleaning your house somewhere). Within 15 minutes I (Monica) had a perfect pot of rice ready to pack for lunch. It also steamed up my WW2 food poster the collection of which, Alice Waters told Chewing the Fat, will be reissued this year! Yay!

6 months ago
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I’ve been researching the Eng family restaurants in Chicago and I came across a new one this weekend. It operated in Chicago’s Garfield Park during the 1920s, 30s or 40s. Anyone remember it? At least now I know why I (Monica Eng) like take out fried chicken so much.

I’ve been researching the Eng family restaurants in Chicago and I came across a new one this weekend. It operated in Chicago’s Garfield Park during the 1920s, 30s or 40s. Anyone remember it? At least now I know why I (Monica Eng) like take out fried chicken so much.

6 months ago
6 months ago
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Will this pastured chicken taste better than a factory farmed bird? We explore the nexus of sustainable and delicious on this weeks Chewing the Fat. https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/sets/ctf-ep-18-sustain-a-licious

Will this pastured chicken taste better than a factory farmed bird? We explore the nexus of sustainable and delicious on this weeks Chewing the Fat. https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/sets/ctf-ep-18-sustain-a-licious

6 months ago
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Louisa and Monica want to thank all of the WBEZ members who made our upcoming Chewing the Fat live event at City Winery sell out in 35 seconds. YOW! We promise to have more events with more seats in the future. If it’s any consolation will will post pics and sound from the event here.

Louisa and Monica want to thank all of the WBEZ members who made our upcoming Chewing the Fat live event at City Winery sell out in 35 seconds. YOW! We promise to have more events with more seats in the future. If it’s any consolation will will post pics and sound from the event here.

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"We all have proxy executioners [for our meat] and this is the way to pay the full karmic price," says Pellegrini when she describes why people should hunt for dinner.

7 months ago
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We’ve recently become obsessed with caneles. We are exploring the best of the them in Chicago and the possibility of ever making them at home. We will report back soon on our DESSERT episode.

We’ve recently become obsessed with caneles. We are exploring the best of the them in Chicago and the possibility of ever making them at home. We will report back soon on our DESSERT episode.

7 months ago
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Inspired by Georgia Pellegrini’s book Modern Pioneering, I squeezed up a bunch of homemade sauerkraut last night using just these two ingredients and lots of squishing. 

Inspired by Georgia Pellegrini’s book Modern Pioneering, I squeezed up a bunch of homemade sauerkraut last night using just these two ingredients and lots of squishing. 

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WBEZ’s Afternoon Shift, on which Louisa and Monica frequently appear, is competing with Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me in the public radio March bracket competition. We are going to get massacred but our boss Justin Kaufman got half naked and mounted a horse to try to inspire us not to give up hope. You can see the whole thing here. And by the looks on our faces you probably guess that it wasn’t pretty. BUT IT WAS SUPER FUNNY. 

7 months ago
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Hear our brand new Spring episode of Chewing the Fat with Girl Hunter Georgia Pellegrini, WBEZ contributor Nari Safavi on the foods of Nowruz and Monica and Louisa fighting about the ethics of picking wild garlic and ramps. 
https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/ctf-ep-17-spring-has-sprung?in=chewingthefat/sets/podcast-episodes

Hear our brand new Spring episode of Chewing the Fat with Girl Hunter Georgia Pellegrini, WBEZ contributor Nari Safavi on the foods of Nowruz and Monica and Louisa fighting about the ethics of picking wild garlic and ramps.
https://soundcloud.com/chewingthefat/ctf-ep-17-spring-has-sprung?in=chewingthefat/sets/podcast-episodes

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