A few months ago, as I was getting ready for my 40th birthday party, I had the good fortune of having Adam Seeger of Hum Spirits and John Kinder of Death’s Door Spirits assisting me in the creation of the drinks to be paired with the miracle berry I was planning on handing out for [...]
Here is the link to the Today Show video for those yet to see it. For those visiting The Pickled Tongue blog for the topic of Asian carp, please click here to learn the evolution of my involvement with this invasive species. At present, I am actively researching means to produce the fish on a [...]
This is the fifth time I’ve attended the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show. For those who have already been, I need not explain the size and how challenging it can be to navigate one’s way through the center. By the end of the day, physical and emotional exhaustion set in. Physically, as one can easily [...]
Not really an excuse, but since I have been caught in a mad rush of a media blitz, I have yet to pay gratitude to my very good friends at Franks ‘N Dawgs at 1863 N Clybourn Ave. Therefore, many thanks to the owners Alex Brunacci & his sister in law, Lilian (who by sheer [...]
Just in case you thought there was nothing going on in my world outside of our day to day cuisine and unnamed invasive species, I give you a Chicago food truck movement! Without getting into too much detail, this is the link to Mike Sula’s article in this week’s Chicago Reader, which gives an outline [...]
[video http://thepickledtongue.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/shanghai.flv nolink] No need to check out the bottom video as it has been posted before. And since my tech expert/former sous chef Jens is across the big pond, it’ll have to wait until he gets to it before it’ll be removed. On to the matter at hand… This topic is taken lightly & [...]
Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune critiques Asian carp/Shanghai bass. Click here to view.
As you may be able to tell from the plea in the below post, Jens is alive and doing well in good ol’ Allemagne! He also still follows this blog he single handedly designed, and was kind enough to embed these videos for us. Though I didn’t catch the newscast since we were in service, [...]
First of all, be sure to check out this video from the Fox Morning News on Friday 4/9 (I may have a new sous chef, but I still need good ol’ Jens’ help to embed a freaking video). I’m not sure anymore where this whole Asian carp thing is going. And to be honest, it is [...]
It really is no secret that I have been involved in a couple of social movements here in Chicago. The first is that I have been working on bringing down the legislative ban that prevents mobile food trucks from roaming our streets in the fashion of New York, Los Angeles, and many other cities. Along [...]
I am someone who believes strongly in strength of character, community service, social activism, cultural revolutions, and peaceful warriors. And although I am celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover, I am dedicating the following dish to peaceful revolutionaries past and present on this Good Friday. Jesus was a man who was said to have fed [...]
Most in the community – even ‘non-foodies’ – are aware of the impact that the Asian Carp have already had on the US river systems, and that there is a great fear and great measures are being considered to see that they stay out of the Great Lakes. There has also been much reported on [...]
I may show an ounce of humility (ok, maybe a gram) when it comes to accolades & publicity, but this is one I feel like shouting out from the highest mountain top – click here to view the article on Feeding Kids’ Interest in Global Cuisine in today’s Chicago Sun Times. Big props to Maureen [...]
The party is winding down. Life is on the downward slope. Wrinkles, grey hair, colonoscopies, erectile dysfunction, and frequent peeing in the middle of the night await. Golf, 60 Minutes, bridge, bingo, many medications, and at least further loss of sight and hearing are officially on the horizon. I will soon be lame to my kids, [...]
A promise is a promise. So seeing as how I just won this challenge and $500 for the above linked Moose Island scallop dish and bare bone account of my competitive nature, I will be donating the $500 prize to a charity. And as a gesture of good will to the pursuit of heavy partying and Chef Art Smith [...]
Dear Thirties, You were so very, very good to me. You will be remembered so very fondly. Love, Phillip If I had the time right now, I might reminisce here. But I don’t. Even if there are many good stories to be told… Brazilian authorities, terrorist attacks, jilted spouses, so on and so forth…. But [...]
I’m really sorry to all of you who are here looking only for new dishes… on second thought, no I’m not… There are plenty of new things to come soon, but I’m stepping back for a moment to display the best my meager existence has to offer. Though my first daughter is most likely to [...]
A recent chef/stagier recently posed this question to me in a letter: If I was interested in starting a blog of my own, how would you recommend that I go about it? My response: Don’t be afraid to speak your mind & be on the edge in regards to the balance of right and wrong. [...]
First take out the vegetables… … then peel the zucchini until nothing remains. Coat the chicken with flour and shake off excess. Then place (not throw!) the chicken in the egg wash. Next put the flour in your hands…. … then clap!
I wish I could’ve been there to see Mom’s reaction when this showed up in her mailbox… anyhow, the article for Milwaukee Lifestyle magazine is here.
Once again, generosity has taken a hold of me… and so has this choucroute. I made a visit yesterday to Paulina Meat Market and picked up a wide variety of sausages and smoked pork shoulder for this cool autumn day. The choucroute (sauerkraut) was homemade by Jens before he left about 6 weeks ago and [...]
Now that Lockwood’s Chicago Sun Times Review is out and I’m not making an imbecile out of myself for drawing attention to it, this schizophrenic bastardization of a brilliant Bob Dylan song can go to press. ******************************************************************************************************************* A critic was in. We didn’t see him. How many times did he come in? Did he come [...]