…by Meg White
The place Meg puts the stuff she wrote
Photo credit: Chris Smith

I recently asked WBEZ’s Curious City a question. (If you’re not familiar with the program, Curious City is part of Chicago Public Radio’s attempts to get more crowd-sourced reporting to cover for all the bloggers and other staff they recently axed.) I have always wanted to know who pays for the biweekly fireworks displays at [...]

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Drizzling the pears

In the same way that I much prefer warm weather over cold, I have a tough time transitioning from the summer/fall adult beverages to those sponsored by the dark winter overlords. I can’t help it if I follow the rules of refreshment established by the talented G. Love. I prefer IPAs to stouts. I can [...]

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The two most wonderful things about Thanksgiving—aside from family and coming up with something suitable to be the thing you’re thankful for this year—are sides and leftovers. This sentiment illustrates why I was totally unprepared to carve the turkey I brined and roasted for the big day. So I was thankful for Josh’s dad Dave, [...]

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Pumpkin in a pot

After an overly-indulgent pumpkin patch sent us home with 17 or so gourds of various sizes, I happened to find one in the lot that fit perfectly in my 10-inch cast iron pot. This recipe was inspired by Dorie Greenspan’s “recipe in progress,” but in a rather roundabout way. I had heard some radio piece [...]

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Our house on Halloween: a den of culinary waste

I had heard that, among the many reasons the French hate us, is our treatment of pumpkins. Americans ignore this noble vegetable for 11 months out of the year, and then suddenly are overcome with a murderous zeal for waste. The fact that we might choose to mutilate pumpkins, force them to bear wild flames [...]

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"Dog Training" from the George Eastman House Collection

Chicago has officially stripped every ounce of “dog person” from my soul. For those of you who don’t live in Chicago, you may not be aware that this place is absolutely teeming with dogs. Every trixie with a 300-square-foot sky-rise condo or family of seventeen living in a three-bedroom garden level feels the need to [...]

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Apples, Bacon and Cheese. Now I know my ABCs. Here’s a great fall grilling recipe to try before the worst winter in the nation hits our lovely city. Ingredients: 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 large, firm apples; skinned, quartered and thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 4 slices of bacon, roughly chopped nutmeg [...]

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Thought all you M*A*S*H fans might be interested in reading my interview with Trapper John, AKA Wayne Rogers. He was fascinating to talk to. Take him to lunch sometime. Favorite quote? I once asked a woman, “Do you like sharing the bathroom with your husband?” And she said to me, “Would you like to share [...]

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One of the super fun things about having a blog this day in age is spam comments. Their mysterious stupidity can only originate from the brains of bots, whose synapses are known by modern computer science to have been hammered out from used cans of Hormel’s pressed meat product. This is where the name “spam” [...]