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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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Holiday Sugar Cookies

Holiday Sugar Cookies always conjure up great food memories for me. I remember the incredible production line in Mother’s aqua faux “Colonial Kitchen” in our Mid-Century home down the street from the bungalow I live in today. From mixing the dough, rolling, cutting, baking and decorating cookies, Great Grandma Rose, Grandma Esther, Aunt Diane, my […]

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Marching on to the Best Pie Crust Ever!

I have many friends that shy away from crafting a homemade pie, due to the complexity of making a crust. This story and recipe is for them. Now, march to it and start making great pies that make great memories. It’s definitely worth the effort..which isn’t that much. My Great Grandmother Schade, famous for her […]

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish

Thanksgiving is a time to look at your life and be thankful for the big, as well as the small things. I have been blessed with my family’s Chicago history and the stories of their past. One of my favorites is about a young girl named Esther in the days before World War I with […]

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Halloween Popcorn Balls

Growing up in Mid-Century America, Halloween was a very big deal. From picking the perfect autumn colored corn to hang on the front door to finding the ideal pumpkin for carving and placing it on the front porch, these were rituals that all led to the annual Halloween costume selection.  Most of the time my […]

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Helen’s Olde Lantern Mushroom Barley Soup

With the chill of autumn in the air I thought I would share one of my favorite rich and savory dishes…Mushroom Barley Soup. This recipe is from Helen’s Olde Lantern restaurant, which is now The Maple Tree Inn; a Louisiana brasserie known for their Cajun/Creole fare and located in Blue Island. Helen’s Olde Lantern began […]

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dill pickle recipe

Shirley’s Garlic Dill Pickles

I hope you’re shopping your local farmer’s markets for the freshest and best of the harvest season. One of the many vegetables you’ll see in abundance are pickling cucumbers and I highly recommend you do what my family did when I was young. Make pickles. My mom called this special time of year, “Pickle Time” […]

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