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Mon Sep 30 2013

Pumpkin Mania Report

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Folks, it's officially fall-- the weather's turned crisp, women are in boots, and Pumpkin Mania has taken over Chicago. Everywhere I look, it's Pumpkin Chai this and Pumpkin Muffin that-- it's enough to make a girl think I should start hoarding them in my apartment before this run on pumpkins leads to fistfights at the farmer's market.

An avid pumpkinphile myself, I keep an eye out for particularly interesting takes on my favorite winter squash that I see around the city this time of year. For instance, check out our own Jeremy Owens' pursuit of the perfect pumpkin soup recipe.

This week's discovery: prosciutto beignets with pumpkin butter, garnished with pecorino and arugula at Perennial Virant. After a brief hesitation over whether having doughnuts for dinner was really a good idea, I gave into this dish and boy, was it a great idea. The beignets were outstanding themselves, but they were clearly just a platform to showcase the superb pumpkin butter--super rich and not too sweet, it was perfect with the savory prosciutto and cheese.

Here's hoping that this season has fewer Pumpkin Spice Lattes and more of these.

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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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