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"A Grandma's Culinary Legacy" leads to Chicago

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Woke up to the most amazing story about our long time executive head chef & partner james gottwald’s story of his “grandma’s culinary legacy” on the cover of the sun-times food section today, by a great writer by the name of seanan forbes… I’m just dazed & amazed… and had to share it with you all… click here to read the article… or click continue reading below… and please, stories like this need to be shared, so feel free… and enjoy!

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Heating up Chicago w/ Grandma's Goulash!

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Chicago is a family loving melting pot!  And I love when that melting pot is shared to bring warmth to all of us… with that, I really enjoyed this story in the chicago suntimes today featuring my chef’s grandma’s secret Hungarian goulash recipe that was brought to America and is now shared with us all in chicago (click here for full story, or enjoy my fav highlights w/ the recipe below)… hope you enjoy & share too!
“The heat is on, with spices in the mix
BY SEANAN FORBES
Come winter, we lift the levers on the thermostats. People with fireplaces develop a serious interest in wood. From coast to coast, chefs break out seasonings that give food a warmth that has nothing to do with temperature…  James Gottwald, who rules the kitchen at Rockit Bar & Grill in River North and Wrigleyville, learned to cook from his grandmother, his babchi. She came from Romania, where winters are a serious business, bringing her traditions with her.
Remembering his childhood winters, Gottwald says, “We had goulash every day.” It was adaptable. Whatever was at hand — potatoes, dumplings, onions, parsley root — went into the pot. Paprika added depth of color and spicy warmth.  The stew appeared at every meal. Even in the morning? “Yes.” Gottwald grins. “It was goulash for breakfast with an egg on top. That was the best. Underneath there would be a buttermilk biscuit, potatoes, pasta — any kind of starch to stick to the guts. You could go out and play in the snow all day after that.”  Or, for that matter, survive the morning walk to the train station.  Goulash isn’t a standard on Rockit Ranch’s menu, but Gottwald plans to add it for a week, to celebrate his grandmother.  And that brings us back to Sherman’s observation. If you want to bring warmth to the table, it’s all about love.
This recipe comes from Maria Boicesco, grandmother of Rockit chef James Gottwald. “This is not a dish that can be rushed,” Gottwald says. After a day or two (if it lasts that long), it makes a hearty breakfast. As a morning dish, serve it over toasted bread with a fried duck egg on top.
MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS
1    pound beef shank, cut into 1-inch cube
1    teaspoon kosher salt
Black pepper
1    heaping tablespoon Hungarian paprika (hot or mild)
2    tablespoons vegetable oil
1    medium to large onion, julienned
¼    teaspoon ground caraway seed
1    garlic clove, chopped
1    bell pepper, medium dice
1    stalk celery, medium dice
1    bay leaf
2    tomatoes, large dice
2    to 3 cups water, beef stock or chicken stock (enough to barely cover)
Season the meat with salt, black pepper and paprika. Set meat aside at room temperature, to allow it to absorb the seasonings.
Heat a heavy-gauge pot on the stove. (Traditionally, Babchi would cook it in a Dutch oven over a wood-burning fire.)
Heat the oil. (Butter or lard may be used, if you prefer.) Add the onions and cook over medium heat until lightly brown, not dark or crispy. Pull the pan off the heat and add the meat. Stir well and let the flavors get happy.
Place back onto medium heat and lightly toast the paprika-laced meat. The paprika can burn fast, so turn down the heat or pull it off the fire and stir constantly. This should take 10 to 15 minutes.
Next, add the caraway and cook for 2 more minutes. (Caraway is not always used and not necessary, but it’s a nice spice if you have it.) Add the garlic, bell pepper, celery, bay leaf and tomatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, then add water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and slowly simmer for 3 hours, or until the meat is fork tender. You may need to add more water. You also may cover the pot; it’s your choice. The collagen in the meat will lend viscosity to the broth.
Serve over buttered noodles or spaetzle.
Note: There are many variations. Parsnips, carrots, potatoes can be added halfway through the cooking process. Boicesco was very fond of using parsley root. Visually similar to parsnip, parsley root is sweeter.
Half of the water can be replaced with beer or white wine. It all depends on what you have on hand.
Maria Boicesco”

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Chicago is a family loving melting pot!  And I love when that melting pot is shared to bring warmth to all of us… with that, I really enjoyed this story in the chicago suntimes today featuring my chef’s grandma’s secret Hungarian goulash recipe that was brought to America and is now shared with us all in chicago (click here for full story, or enjoy my fav highlights w/ the recipe below)… hope you enjoy & share too!

“The heat is on, with spices in the mix

BY SEANAN FORBES

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chicago's best chefs come together to help meals on wheels

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Chicago’s most renowned chefs and public figures come together to feed and entertain you all to benefit a fundraiser I have loved and supported for years called… Meals on Wheels!  You really need to see this video to be reminded at how impactful, engaged & talented our culinary scene is in this city, and to know how important this initiative of theirs is… and yes, the two total goofballs of all the chefs are from sunda & rockit… of course…    
 
Anyway, this Celebrity Chef Tasting Party is a blast (and super delicious!) complete w/ premium cocktails, wine, beer, casino gaming, an interactive photo booth, live and DJ entertainment…. From 8p-1230a this Friday Night 10/16 at Macy’s on State St!  tix & info are on www.MealsOnWheelsChicago.org ..  And as always, since I appreciate all that visit my blog & help support philanthropic efforts, I got 2 tix for the first person that comments below about how they helped spread this info to over 1000 people!  See you all at the party!

Chicago’s most renowned chefs and public figures come together to feed and entertain you all to benefit a fundraiser I have loved and supported for years called… Meals on Wheels!  You really need to see this video to be reminded of how impactful, engaged & talented our culinary scene is in this city, and to know how important this initiative of theirs is… and yes, the two total goofballs of all the chefs are from sunda & rockit… of course…    

Anyway, this Celebrity Chef Tasting Party is a blast (and super delicious!) complete w/ premium cocktails, wine, beer, casino gaming, an interactive photo booth, live and DJ entertainment…. From 8p-1230a this Friday Night 10/16 at Macy’s on State St!  tix & info are on www.MealsOnWheelsChicago.org ..  And as always, since I appreciate all that visit my blog & help support philanthropic efforts, I got 2 tix for the first person that comments below about how they helped spread this info to over 1000 people!  See you all at the party!

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chicago 2016 olympics w/ travel channel's "bizarre foods" andrew zimmern

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if you follow me on twitter, you know i am a travel freak! i’m writing this from moscow for goodness sake! combine that w/ my life long restaurant background, and my obsession for eating everything i can….and bang! i am of course a huge fan of andrew zimmern and his tv show “bizarre foods!” and if that wasn’t enough in and of itself, wait till you see what he told me about chicago’s food culture! now i really like him!  

Speaking of our world class food culture, I have been bragging about a local culinary event for a year now that blew my mind called “Chicago Gourmet”… and it’s finally back this weekend!  Not only does this even showcase the top talent of Chicago’s culinary community (including my guys chef james & the food buddha from rockit & sunda) through 2 days of high-end food & wine tastings, demos & educational seminars… but it all happens outside in beautiful millennium park!  50 chefs, 300 wine makers, 65 spirits providers… it’s amazing! 

Tickets are available at www.ChicagoGourmet.org for $150/day or $250 for a two-day pass… and since I will be in Russia… I am giving my 2 passes away to my friendly supporter that best describes why andrew’s comment about our food culture is right on!  Comment below and we will pick a winner by 5pm today

 

 

Speaking of our world class food culture, I have been bragging about a local culinary event for a year now that blew my mind called “Chicago Gourmet”… and it’s finally back this weekend!  Not only does this even showcase the top talent of Chicago’s culinary community (including my guys chef james & the food buddha from rockit & sunda) through 2 days of high-end food & wine tastings, demos & educational seminars… but it all happens outside in beautiful millennium park!  50 chefs, 300 wine makers, 65 spirits providers,… it’s amazing! 
 
Tickets are available at www.ChicagoGourmet.org for $150/day or $250 for a two-day pass… and since I will be in Russia… I am giving my 2 passes away to my friendly supporter that best describes why andrew’s comment about our food culture is right on!  Comment below and we will pick a winner by 5pm today

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