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Rhubarb Custard Pies

Bungalow Chef’s Rhubarb Custard Pie

With summer right around the corner, one of the first garden and kitchen food memories I have is the rhubarb plant. Otherwise known as the “PIE PLANT”, this gem is always more than plentiful in Midwest gardens. Rhubarb, due to its tartness, traditionally pairs well with strawberries in a jam, jelly or pie, which is […]

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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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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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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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