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Random Tue Sep 22 2015

My Chicago-Inspired Hot Dog Menu

hot dog.jpgSince the passing of Hot Doug's, I've been hurting for a creative frankfurter. In my nostalgic anguish, I drafted a menu of dogs inspired by Chicago-related people.

Bill Murray
beef dog, beef chili, and beef jerky, with bacon bits

Walt Disney
Turkey dog, avocado spread, curly fries, fresh rosemary, mustard

Barack Obama
Grass-fed beef dog, pickled red onions, pineapple, cracked black pepper

Michael Jordan
Chorizo dog, fried beef tongue slices, onion rings

Harrison Ford
Spicy beef dog, tequila-marinated pickles, fried onion strings, hot sauce

Kanye West
Pork and beef dog, foie mousse, caviar, edible sparkles, gold leaf

Hugh Hefner
A foot long rabbit sausage (bun and condiments as requested)

Oprah Winfrey
BBQ pork dog, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, fennel dust (purchase one dog, get a free car)

Rahm Emanuel
Kosher dog, blackberry compote, roasted garlic yogurt, matzo crumbles

Tina Fey
Gyro dog, jalapeƱo and apple slaw, tatziki sauce

Gina Rodriguez
Carnitas dog, pickled jalapeƱos, corn salsa, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Cindy Crawford
Veggie dog, goat cheese, fried kale, and garlic hummus

Rod Blagojevich
Lamb dog, cabbage slaw, paprika aoli (served hot, wrapped in 14 sheets of gold-toned aluminum foil)

Al Capone
Whiskey-infused veal dog, sauerkraut, smoked beer cheese

Seth Meyer
Duck dog, plum and orange compote, challah croutons

Derrick Rose
Pork belly dog, chipotle aoli, pickled carrots, pork cracklings

Patricia Arquette
Turkey dog, maple candied bacon, sweet potato fries

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John Greenfield / September 22, 2015 2:38 PM

Re: The Rahm dog -- Sorry, a beef hot dog with yogurt on it ain't kosher. Or is that the point you're trying to make about the mayor?

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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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