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Profile: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Pastry creator and mastermind chef behind Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Mindy Segal, specializes in contemporary American cuisine with a focus on quality, local ingredients and technique. Her focus is evident throughout the warm, delicious smelling, Bucktown restaurant. Each element of the dining room, menu, decor and take-home products is a modern twist on a classic…

11/29/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Throw a Touchdown with These Hand Pies

Pies and the holidays just seem to go together, but taking them to a tailgate party is a bit tricky because they are fragile to transport and hard to serve. Hand pies are individual treats that can be made ahead of time (even frozen) and brought to the game with very little fuss.

11/28/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Get The Party Poppin’ With Corn

You can do so much more than a cold vegetable tray with ranch dressing to fill out the menu for a tailgate party. Football season marks the tail end of fresh corn season, so get this on your menu soon.

11/23/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Confetti Omelet Cupcakes

While waiting for the gridiron grill to heat up in readiness for the classic tailgate food of burgers and brats, the hunger bunnies still have to be satisfied. A delicious accompaniment to your beverage of choice while you wait are these two-bite morsels.

11/21/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Souper Tailgating Warm-Ups

When the weather dips, tailgating calls for hot soups. Check out these recipes.

11/16/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Chili Cheese Haystacks

In the belly-filling fare of potluck football parties, who knew a man-pleasing dish could have secret nutritional value? Enter the Chili Cheese Haystack.

11/14/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Pass The Polenta Portobello Sliders

Put on a twist on your tailgate menu this weekend. These alternative “sliders” will not only be super delicious snacks for the vegetarian, but will have the die-hard carnivores clamoring for their share, too.

11/09/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Add A Sweet Component To The Game

Dessert often gets neglected at tailgating functions, but whip up a batch of this homemade slow cooker bread pudding and your tailgating buds will be begging you for more.

11/07/2012

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Gridiron Grub: FUNdido Dip

The grill is made for more than just hot dogs and brats. Use it as a cooktop for hot dips like this Mexican favorite: FUNdido.

10/31/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Warm Apple Treats

Nothing screams Pennsylvania Dutch warm-weather cooking than a good, old-fashioned apple dumpling. Be the hit at your next tailgate party with this sweet fall treat.

10/26/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Sailor Chili

Whether you’re tailgating in jeans and a T-shirt at Candlestick Park or huddled around a roaring barrel grill at Lambeau Field, nothing screams NFL football season like a steaming, mouth-blistering bowl of five-alarm chili.

10/24/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Five-Man Team Of Brats

It’s party time and beers and brats are the football fare of choice. Step up the flavor by thinking way beyond mustard and onions with these brat-topping ideas

10/19/2012

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Best Burgers In Chicago: Kuma’s Corner

Last time I went to Kuma’s, I was in immense jaw pain. To even open my mouth sent torturous fissures throughout my body. Eating a gigantic bar burger seems insane when you’re under this kind of pain. But that’s exactly what I did.Kuma’s is that good. But are they the best?

10/17/2012

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GridIron Grub: Jalapeño Poppers

Home-made jalapeño poppers are easier to make than one would think. They are the perfect snack for any football game because they can be enjoyed at home or, if you make them in advance, you can bring them along to a tailgate.

10/17/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Big Apple Burgers

You don’t have to live in the Big Apple to enjoy the immense taste of it. Even if the Giants aren’t your team, Big Apple Burgers will taste great to fans from all regions.

10/12/2012

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Gridiron Grub: A Corn Dish With Variety

This universally popular vegetable lends itself easily to infinite variety and this recipe is a far cry from the ubiquitous bland-as-vanilla version. It is a delicious accompaniment to grilled meats, stands alone as a main dish and is an appetizing salad.

10/10/2012

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Gridiron Grub: A Dessert Pop That Will Have You Cheering

In the midst of preparing and packing all the paraphernalia that needs to be transported for a tailgating event, dessert is often left forgotten. For those with a sweet tooth that crave something a little more fancy, nothing tickles the palate as much as dainty, pretty, one-bite cake pops.

10/05/2012

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Best Chicago Burger: What Do You Think?

Do you have a favorite burger in Chicago? Well then let us know! We want to eat your burger. Then we want to judge it harshly.

10/03/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Fiesta Peppers

Regardless of what football team you root for, you are sure to be a fan of this amazing recipe. Easy and fun to make, these are a true treat for the mouth and will have all your football buddies saying, “please pass the peppers!”

09/28/2012

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Gridiron Grub: Dip Into the Taste of Buffalo

If you’re looking for a surefire crowd pleaser, All-American Buffalo Chicken Dip is the way to go. Every time this makes a cameo appearance during the season, it’s always the first to get scarfed up by fans. And that includes chicks who are watching their figure.

09/21/2012

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