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Bungalow Bread Or…The Blizzard of 1967 Survival Bread

The blizzard of 1967 hit Chicago and the surrounding area on January 26th with a record setting 23 inches of snow followed by high winds and drifting.  To this day, it remains the worst winter storm in Chicago history. My small Mayberry-esque suburb of Blue Island, Illinois was in its path and, for a boy of […]

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The Bungalow Chef’s Apple Strudel

How can anyone resist Apple Strudel fresh from the oven? The crisp and flaky crust wrapped around fresh apples and raisins, and the warm aroma of cinnamon and butter…are amazing. As a child, I was taught the technique of stretching the dough over a kitchen table but today, I use fillo dough. I love Organic […]

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Beef Bourguignon and Potato Soufflé … A Romantic Valentine’s Day Duo Indeed!

Beef Bourguignon is an easy, classic and delicious meal for special occasions like Valentine’s Day. I suggest you make this a day ahead then reheat it so the flavors come to their full bloom. When I a kid I wasn’t particularly interested in sports as I lacked two important physical components…speed and coordination. (If you’re imagining […]

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Onion, Leek and Pea Gratin…A Recipe with Roots

My family’s Blue Island heritage goes back to the 1860s and as a kid growing up in this historical Chicago suburb, onions and root vegetables were plentiful and always made an appearance at Sunday family dinners. Perhaps it goes back to what was called Market Day in the horse and buggy era of where I […]

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Gingerbread Folks

Who doesn’t love the spicy peppery flavor of Gingerbread?  From cookies and cakes, to bread and lebkuchen, I’m completely addicted…especially around the holiday season. And nothing accompanies gingerbread better than a glass of cold milk. Gingerbread Folks (politically correct) have been a staple in the bungalow for years. In addition to serving them to friends […]

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Cinnamon Candied Apples

As a child, going to the carnival or county fair was always a treat. While most kids went for the thrill of carny rides like Tilt-A-Whirl, Enterprise, Ferris Wheel, or Bumper Boats, I went for the interesting foods at these seasonal events. Here in the Midwest you would always find Cinnamon Candied Apples at the […]

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The Bungalow Chef’s Coconut Cake AKA The Mourner’s Cake

This Coconut Cake recipe was passed down from Minnie Bauch, a dear family friend of my Great Grandmother, Rose Schade. Minnie was a creative entrepreneurial soul and supplemented her retirement income by baking cakes for funeral homes. When a love one passed away, the local funeral homes would offer a choice of an Angel Coconut […]

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St Paddy’s Soda Bread

This quick bread recipe has been in my family for years.  Although my name is Michael and my sister is Kathleen, my family isn’t of Irish descent. However my mother always enjoyed making Irish Soda Bread as part of our St. Patrick’s Day celebration.   We grew up as Chicago South Side Irish wannabes. The […]

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Pimiento Cheese Spread

Some think this rich and fanciful spread is a Southern delicacy, I believe it’s more of a Mid-century food delight!  Pimiento Cheese Spread was always a staple for parties and picnics when I was growing up and today it goes beyond a topper for crackers or cocktail bread. It’s wonderful as a filling for an […]

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Festive Shrimp Cocktail

It’s time to start thinking about what to serve at your New Year’s Eve celebration…and of course the selections are endless. A tried and true bungalow option that always made an appearance at my “Putting on the Ritz” holiday event is shrimp cocktail. This celebratory dish is perfectly paired with a glass of bubbly or […]

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