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Saturday, December 2

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Random Fri Nov 02 2007

It's so bad, you know it's good

Die-hard Bears fans have a weekend to recuperate from what’s so far been a lackluster season, and I have a sure-fire recipe to kick-start their team spirit: pop in some VHS highlight tapes from ’85, and kick back with a big bowl of tortilla chips and Mike Ditka’s Hall of Fame Salsa. The label alone is inspiring, featuring Da Coach himself, glowering from under the brim of a giant sombrero.

This stuff’s made in Downers Grove (Downers Grove?), but don’t worry – the recipe was “born in Mexico over 100 years ago.” Honestly, it’s not bad. I’ve got a mean cold, so I chose the !Hot! variety; a combo of habanero and serrano peppers delivered on that promise.

Even better, I got mine BOGO at Jewel on Ashland and Wellington this week. And if you’ve got a soft spot for football vets, you’ll be glad to know a portion of the proceeds benefit the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a charity near and dear to Ditka’s heart.

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The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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