Tag Archives: Recipe Revival
Potato Soufflé

Bungalow Chef’s Rosemary Potato Soufflé

If you keep up with my Recipe Revival blog you know that Thanksgiving dinner is my favorite meal of the year. Full of culinary traditions and flavorful memories, we all step out of our weekday routine and create the ultimate family feast on this special Thursday in November. Whether you’re a turkey aficionado, dressing devotee […]

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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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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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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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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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