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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Corn, Whiskey, and Banjos

This past Thursday, I attended one of Pikk Tavern's tasting dinners. I went to the Upland dinner back in March 2012. It was fun, but I wasn't keen on the family-style meal and the stuffed feeling afterwards. Last month, Mr. K and I gave it another shot at the Journeyman Distillery dinner. It was great. The food wasn't too heavy. The dishes paired nicely with the cocktails. It was a great time. When we saw the September Corn & Whiskey dinner we made reservations.

We entered the cellar to the sound of banjo music. This music played through the night. It was low enough that it didn't drive me crazy. It was a fun nod to the theme of the event.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pleasant Pop-Up Market

The Ford Hanger, located at the Lansing Municipal Airport in Lansing, Illinois, is an airplane hanger built in 1927 by Henry Ford to connect southland Chicago with his factories in Detroit and to produce and display Ford Tri-Motor airplanes. It was established as a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
—Ford Hanger Foundation

Fetching Market with Upcycled Art by Elise Fryxell (front)
This past weekend I had the chance to go to the first-ever Fetching Market at the Historic Ford Hanger in Lansing. This event was right in my backyard. After missing the Chicago Remix for the second year running, and having a hard time fitting the Renegade Craft Fair into Saturday's schedule, this satisfied my urge for unique, eclectic, artisan products. It hits all the buzzwords: modern, organic, handcrafted, artisan, and vintage. But the point is they have pretty things to look at that you won't find anywhere else.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tomatoes: Ain't They Grand

I was all set to follow up Meat Month with Tasty Tomato month, but with erratic weather, a late harvest and a busy summer, that idea will have to wait.

As I put together my first tomato sauce of the month, I realized with what a random chef I am, there is no way that I can piece together recipes when I'm short on time. But boy, do I love to cook with them. Robust red sauce, green salsa, fire roasted salsa, tomato salad, tomato paste, and fresh tomatoes sliced, lightly salted, patted dried and tossed on a pizza. Sometimes I make elaborate sauces and sometimes I just snack on them. That's the extent of it. I'm a wild tomato eater.