Tag Archives: Comfort food
Maple Syrup Pecan Pralines

Pecan Pralines

As a youngster, I was blessed to go on food related travel adventures with my family. One trip, that instilled an array of memories, was to the Brown Country, Indiana Maple Syrup Festival where we visited a farm that processed maple syrup. The amazing aroma from the sugar shack was something I will never forget…sweet with an amber smoldering […]

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Maple Bourbon Tipsy Peach Crumble

Bungalow Chef’s Maple Bourbon Tipsy Peach Crumble

Late summer means fresh peaches in the Midwest and I love to drive the historic Red Arrow Highway in Harbor County, Michigan to purchase them from the local farmers’ groves. Red Haven peaches are the most popular peaches in the area and they’re the one all others are judged against. So, it’s no surprise that […]

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Home made onion chip dip

The Bungalow Chef’s Cool and Refreshing Onion Dip

My hand made Onion Dip is a welcome addition to any late summer pool or patio party. Mine is so easy to make and filled with fresh sweet onion flavor, that once you try it, you’ll never consider purchasing that dry boxed powder mix again. As a child, our milkman delivered super-sized cans of potato […]

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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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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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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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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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