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Freezer Dill Pickles

Summertime is almost over, yet cucumbers keep on growing at an alarming rate. This easy-to-make recipe allows you to keep the cucumber flavor year round. After the cucumbers, garlic, and onions are sliced, (I like to use a Kitchen Madeline) it becomes a great “Cooking School” project for the young adults in the household. The […]

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Bungalow Appreciation Week: May 2012

A familiar sight along Blue Island streets and across Chicagoland, the humble bungalow is about to get its its day… or week… in the sun. Helped by a resolution from State Sen. Martin Sandoval of Berwyn, the first week of May is week of May is now officially “Bungalow Appreciation Week” in Illinois! Bungalows are […]

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Shirley’s Baked Beans

With summertime BBQs and gatherings approaching, it brings back memories of the Fourth of July as a kid: bikes with streamers and crepe paper woven between the spokes, parades, saluting and honoring veterans, and flying high the “Red, White and Blue!” I will share a true favorite – my mother Shirley’s Baked Beans – the highlight of many backyard summertime […]

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Corn Chowder Recipe

This time of year we all look forward to home and hearth time, with a cozy fire roaring, a great book, with HGTV, or a football game on tv. My favorite chowder recipe trends itself for all of the above. Easy, quick, hearty, and full of flavor. Although I truly support the “Farm to Table,” […]

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Shirley’s Wartime Fudge

This was a favorite of my father, Lou Mech. Mom was great in the kitchen and I heard many a story of the care packages that went overseas during World War II. During mail call my father made many new friends! In later years, I can remember my mother at the stove, making this recipe […]

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Classic Onion Tart

I love recipes you can do tricks with by changing up ingredients, depending on the season, and offering options for serving, either as an appetizer or serving as an entrée, depending on the mood of the evening! The basic recipe is from the Grand Master Chef Willy Rahmig, truly one of the first celebrity chefs, […]

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Classic Stovetop Rice Pudding

How often, when you make white rice do you overestimate, or when you have a craving for Chinese food, and you order in – what’s always left…the rice! Well here is a simple vintage stovetop recipe to re-purpose that rice into a dessert or breakfast treat! Click Here to View Recipe  

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Sad Farewell to Hostess

Being a man of a certain age (and waist size), who grew up in midcentury Americana, Hostess Brand was a true treat. Occasionally after a hard day of grade school, or as a reward for a good report card, or a good review from the dreaded parent teachers conference, we embarked on a Hostess shopping […]

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The Bungalow Chef’s Cracker Pie

View the original “Mock Apple (Cracker) Pie” by Mary Stein as well as The Bungalow Chef’s Cracker Pie Recipes! Click Here to View Recipes

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Unbaked Chocolate Drop Cookies

Truly one of my holiday favorites, and I guess it passed down to the next generation! Can you believe this, the holidays are right around the corner, you can feel it in the air. The stores are filled with new holiday treasures, gifts, and toys that I never heard of! I remember brands like Lionel, […]

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