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Dessert Mon Feb 24 2014

Paczki Gets Into the Ring this Week

paczki.jpgIf you love donuts but need a holiday to enjoy them, this is your week to enjoy paczki, the Polish raised donut filled with fruit or custard (sometimes even infused with booze!) and topped with powdered sugar or whipped cream. You can find paczki year-round, but this week will see a lot of bakeries stocking up on them in preparation for Lent, which begins next Wednesday. To celebrate Fat Thursday, the Polish American Association will be selling paczki at sites all over the city, among them the paczki heavyweight Oak Mill Bakery. For next week's Fat Tuesday, Evanston's Bennison Bakery will begin taking paczki pre-orders today (and of course, their paczki eating contest is this Saturday); also, Dinkel's will begin accepting orders [pdf] on Thursday. You can also pick them up at Delightful Pastries, Weber's Bakery (which will open at the painful hour of 4am on Fat Tuesday!), or Bridgeport Bakery.

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Andrew Huff / February 24, 2014 3:22 PM

I stopped into Bennison's this morning to pick up some bread, and they already had several flavors of paczki in the doughnut case. Picked up a delicious apricot one.

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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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