The Turkey, An American Story

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“Talking turkey” about the bird you thought you knew.
 
Fondly remembered as the centerpiece of family Thanksgiving reunions, the turkey is a cultural symbol as well as a multi-billion dollar industry. As a bird, dinner, commodity, and as a national icon, the turkey has become as American as the bald eagle (with which it actually competed for supremacy on national insignias).

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From ‘Peanut Weddings’ to ‘Beef Stands’: The Socio-Culinary History of Chicago’s ‘Italian Beef’

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Italian beef sandwich from Al's Beef in Chicago, a picture from Dominic Armato

Italian beef sandwich from Al’s Beef in Chicago, a picture courtesy of Dominic Armato.

Italian Americans have contributed a considerable number of portable fast foods to regional and local cuisines around the United States, some of which have become extremely popular at the national level. One such food which, despite its frequent discussion in recent food-related media, has remained very much a local dish is Chicago’s ‘Italian beef’. Continue reading

What Ewe Always Wanted to Know About Lamb Farming In The U.S.

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Presented by John and Sukey Jamison, owners, Jamison Farm, Latrobe, Pa.

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Links to Recipes
Delicious Lamb Shanks
Mushroom Lamb Stroganoff

From Scott Warner, president, Culinary Historians of Chicago: 

As a kid, I was always hesitant when it came to eating lamb chops; too often they were greasy and usually had an unpleasant “lamby” taste. In the last few years however, the lamb chops I’ve been buying from my local grocery store have been meaty, juicy and non “lamby” tasting.

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Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods

 
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Whether it’s thin crust or deep dish, Italian beef dipped or not, or mustard on your hot dog — there’s no doubt Chicagoans share a passionate appetite for iconic foods from the Windy City. Explore the history of many favorite Chicagoland specialties and the restaurants that served them, from corner hot dog stands and greasy spoons to pizza parlors.

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