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Ingredient Fri Oct 10 2008


pawpaw.jpgYou could fill a book with what I don't know about pawpaws.

What I do know is that they taste like bananas, roses and mangoes -- and that, as a friend suggested, they would make awesome ice cream.

If you've ever tasted a cherimoya, then you know what you're in for with its North American cousin the pawpaw.

The pawpaws I picked up at Wednesday's Green City Market were soft, fragile and no larger than small lemons. Oriana from Oriana's Oriental Orchard fished them out of a box for me as she was closing up. I thanked her at the time, but it's clear that's not really going to cut it. I owe her a lot more than that.

Oriana also grows Asian pears and was the subject of this Chicago Reader piece a couple of years ago. You can -- and should -- find her at the Green City Market.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

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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