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April 23, 2012
It's been awhile.
As many of you have noticed, it's been quite a while since we posted on the site. For that—and mostly for the lack of any news—we apologize. The story of our absence isn't as exciting as we'd like it to be. Basically, due to new jobs for the both of us, we've been busy. Really busy. So we took a little break from posting while we focused on jobs that pay money. Obviously, a note saying so would have been the...
Happy Friday, everybody.  It's raining and blustery in Chicago, it's almost the weekend, and we're launching a new Twitter account. It's shiny and slick and, at the moment, a little bit lonely. So come follow us!  Sure, you may already follow Nick or me on Twitter individually, but in case you were really confused about who to follow--as time and again, even our most faithful readers admit they're not really sure who is who on this...
We realize it's been a tad quiet over here for the past couple weeks, but there is some exciting news. As of, well...yesterday, I'm the new editor of Grub Street Chicago. I'll cover all the juicy restaurant news in our city from fine dining to as many posts about hot dogs I can manage. Check out my intro post here. It's a challenging new position, but one that will allow me to work from home. Yes, I'm still in pajamas. And don't worry, we have...
December 10, 2009
Come out and meet us! Nick and I will be hanging out at the South Loop Whole Foods this evening as apart of an event called Cook, Eat, Blog.  The store is located at 1101 S Canal St. downtown.  Along with other Chicago food bloggers, we'll be talking about some products we love at Whole Foods and how we use them.  For example, our recent experiments with hard apple cider were based on the wonderful organic apple juice they carry...
Bon Appétit  has put together another collection of their favorite holiday dishes, and we're honored to be involved again this year. Last time we showcased our scrumptious holiday coffee cake, but this year is a sweeter affair. It's also happens to be less of a genteel showcase of the amazing blogger talent. This is a Bake-Off, and there will be a winner. We need your votes! We couldn't think of any better...
October 9, 2009
Signing on for a little bit of self-promotion. We've never been all that great at championing ourselves, but it's an honor to be nominated as one of the "Top 100 Food Blogs of 2009" over at Chef2Chef.net.  We're among esteemed company.  If you love what we do here on The Paupered Chef, and want to tell the world, consider voting for us on the ranking page. We need your help to move up the list! Thanks, and have a wonderful...
August 3, 2009
Though Blake announced his move to Chicago about a month ago, and even updated folks about his recent rental in Bucktown, I can personally vouch that he is not here. Believe me, if he were just down the block I'd be pestering him to take more pictures of his food. I know he spent months in an apartment that didn't have a stove, but come on! I have been absolutely trouncing him this year on PC posts. (It's 32 to 20 right now, for those...
Chicagoans, I need your help. For the last week I've been an outsider, taking trips down to the city while staying with my parents in the suburbs, the guy who has to find his way back north again when the night is through, spending cash on the Metra train, bumming rides back from friends. From my quiet vantage point up here I can just see a faint outline of the skyline.  Nick's a well-worn Chicagoan at this point, and he's showed off his...
May 5, 2009
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!  Though the specific reasons for celebrating don't have much to do with food, I feel like today is a great reminder of the fantastic Mexican meals I've made over the past year.  I don't really need much of an excuse.  I tend to get weak if I don't have corn tortillas at least 4 times a week.  I mean, I just had some for lunch, and I'm going to have it for dinner.  That's what happens when...
April 22, 2009
Hey everyone!  Check out the most recent DIY issue of Time Out Chicago and you'll see me!  The issue is online today and should be sent out tomorrow.  The article focuses on some of the more absurd projects Blake and I have done here on the site.  It also quite accurately describes the chaos of creation and the battle scars that occasionally result.  There's even a great picture of me in my cleaner-than-usual kitchen...
Welcome to the new Paupered Chef design! Over the last month or so, both of us have scratched our heads figuring out how to move our blog from Typepad to Wordpress, and in the process redesign the site.  After a lot of research, tinkering, and a huge helping hand from a company called Foliovision who helped us with the transfer, we're now safe in our new, Wordpress-hosted home.  Biggest thanks to Alec, Martin, and everyone over at...
February 19, 2009
Times Online has listed 50 great food blogs that will "change the way you cook and eat forever."  Our beloved Serious Eats came in at #8: Practically everything you need to know about food can be found on this multi-contributor food website, started by New York Times journalist Ed Levine. The focus is on American foods such as hot dogs, there are restaurant and gadget reviews, food videos and recipes, including an easy recipe...
January 22, 2009
Though I once promised an Irish waitress that I'd never compete in a chili cook-off, I've decided to officially break my oath.  I am in the running for the top prize at the 2009 Time Out Chicago's Chili Cook-off at Martyr's (3855 N Lincoln Ave).  It's all happening this Saturday, Janurary 24th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is my first competition, and in typical Paupered Chef fashion I haven't exactly settled on a final recipe.  I've...
December 10, 2008
Head on over to the Bon Appétit -- the folks over there have put together a wonderful slideshow of photographs from an impressive group of food bloggers they like -- and we're included!  "Adventures in Crazy-Ambitious Food Googling" is the new name for this blog.  We're totally honored. The theme for the slideshow is dishes served for the holidays.  Our coffee cake recipe, handed down from my own great...
September 1, 2008
A couple days ago Elin and I went to our community garden plots to asses things after a two and a half week absence from New York.  When we left, our garden was thriving with tomatoes, kale, collard greens, beets, carrots, corn, and peppers.  Despite our best efforts to screw things up, the Brooklyn soil continues to sprout edibles. We returned to find out tomato plants brown, drooping, and shriveled. Yet as they had started to die,...
July 29, 2008
It's been a bit quiet around here--so here's what we've been up to the last couple weeks. First, the big, important news: Nick got hitched!  On Saturday, July 26th, he married his lovely fiancée Abby in Columbus, Indiana; I was the best man.  At the reception we ate Nick's own gravlax, which was delicious and, I imagine, extremely laborious to slice for over 200 people.  Nick is currently in Mexico and on severely...
If you haven't signed up yet, there may be a few spots left: tomorrow, at the Whole Foods on Bowery at 7pm, I'll be teaching a class about salt preservation and the basics of dry-curing meat.  We'll be starting gravlax, bacon, and duck prosciutto projects.  The class is an incredible deal, and you'll walk away with two pounds of meat to finish curing in your apartment. The Daily News did a nice writeup, too, if you're interested in...
We've done our fair share of charcuterie projects on this site and enjoyed every minute of it.  There have been successes, and there have been failures, but all in all, it's some of the most fun we've ever had making food. I'm beyond thrilled to report that on July 24th, Whole Foods Bowery in New York City will be offering a class for all interested in learning the basics of meat curing.  The class will help students get their first...
Check out my recent post over at Serious Eats, a rundown of what's appearing now in New York farmers' markets.  I visited both my local market in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, as well as the largest, most popular market in New York in Union Square (above).  In addition to the ubiquitous ramps, I also spotted asparagus, nettles, rhubarb, young garlic, spinach, and other hardy greens like chard and collards.  Plus, some farmers were...
January 29, 2008
The last couple weeks have been slow posting around here, and that's because we've been doing some much needed housekeeping--as you can probably see.  We've started from scratch with a brand-new design that we hope will prove to be cleaner, more pleasant, and above all, functional. With only an XHTML/CSS learning book, a text-editing program, and a wonderful little thing called Blueprint which gave us a head start, we've coded this entire...
The orange thing is for subscribing to this website with RSS.  I don't have any idea what RSS and "feeds" are, either.  It might stand for Really Simple Syndication, or it might stand for Rich Site Summary, depending on who you ask.  But I found a place that makes it really easy to understand.   It's called Feedburner.  It's really friendly and talks to you in a nice, conversational tone. Basically, a...
Thanks for visiting.  After encountering many difficulties, namely a deceptively complex program called Movable Type, we have since discovered its sister program, which is friendly, thoughtful, streamlined, and, most importantly, visually oriented: TypePad.  All hail TypePad.  This site took us one night to make. Feel free to check back as we will be adding recipes and changing designs throughout the weekend.  On Monday, however, the wooden...