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Be Like Popeye

We all know that Popeye made himself stronger by eating spinach (although canned? Really? Fresh tastes so much better!). He was also helping to protect himself against inflammation, stress-related problems, cardiovascular issues, bone disease and cancers.

But spinach is not only good for you, it's delicious! Try these recipes at home that spotlight spinach:

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad

Spinach, Mushroom & Cheddar Cheese Frittata

Warm Lentil Salad with Bacon Lardons & Fresh Spinach

Spinach & Feta Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

Couscous Salad with Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomatoes


Dig In Chicago

Dig In Chicago

Chicago's Garden to Kitchen TV show, Dig In Chicago, has recently featured two recipes from Chef Mario Scordato.

Tomato Tarte Tatin with Arugula Salad 
Tomato Tarte Tatin
with Arugula Salad

Asparagus Bisque 
Asparagus Bisque 

Dig In Chicago features seasonal food straight from the garden to table and airs on Saturdays at 8:30am on WCIU (TheUToo), Channel 26.2.


Start your Day Gluten-Free

Pancakes are a great way to start your day. Now, those with dietary restrictions can enjoy a gluten-free version that omits the flour but not taste or texture.

Watch Chef Melissa Novak make her recipe in our latest Google+ Hangout.

Google+ Hangout: Gluten-Free Pancakes
Google+ Hangout: Gluten-Free Pancakes 

Want more gluten-free goodness? Check out our Gluten-Free Gourmet Pinterest board.

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Super Spinach Diet Sneaks   
There's no arguing the nutritional value of spinach, but even without all of its health benefits, we'd still go gaga for this vegetable. According to history, so did certain royalty.

Spinach Spinach was the favorite vegetable of Catherine de Medici. When she left her home of Florence, Italy, to marry the king of France in the 16th century, she brought along her own chefs who could prepare spinach the way she liked. Since then, dishes prepared on a bed of spinach are referred to as "a la Florentine."

Here are 10 ways to incorporate more spinach into your diet:
  1. Add layers of steamed spinach to your next lasagna.
  2. Swap out your mixed greens with baby spinach for salads.  
  3. Add to scrambled eggs for breakfast.
  4. Add chopped fresh spinach to pasta salads.
  5. Blend a cup of fresh spinach into your favorite pesto sauce. Add extra olive oil if needed to maintain consistency.
  6. Use spinach leaves instead of lettuce leaves for roll ups.
  7. Blend spinach with pasta sauces, pizza sauces and thick tomato-based soups such as chili.     
  8. Hide it in smoothies by camouflaging its color with fresh berries.   
  9. Add it to soups. Lentil, bean, chicken, vegetable or beef soup can all be improved with a few handfuls of spinach.
  10. Mix in chopped baby spinach with burgers, meatballs, or meatloaf.  
In our latest video, Shelley shows how to sauté spinach without ending up with a pan full of water and soggy greens. Watch it here. 

How to Sauté Spinach 
How to Sauté Spinach

Our upcoming classes will get you up to speed on spinach and other good-for-you leafy greens.

Learn how to make homemade Spinach Pappardelle with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese in our Pasta Workshop in June.

Spinach Gnocchi The new summer menu in Know your Gnocchi highlights Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi with Lemon Herb Butter and Parmesan Cheese.  
Sweet and Savory Crêpes features Egg, Spinach and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Crêpes. 

And once you've got the technique of cooking spinach down, you can apply it to other great greens like Swiss chard. Our Food and Wine of Oregon has Grilled Pork Chops with Bacon Blackberry Compote and Sautéed Swiss Card on the menu.    


Pinterest Get inspiring ideas for spinach and other Leafy Greens on Pinterest. From collards to kale, from spinach to swiss chard, leafy greens are healthy and tasty!    


All of these classes are offered multiple times at our both of our locations, so please search for them on our website for the best fit your schedule.
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Got a Burning Grilling Question?    
Join us for our very first LIVE Facebook Chat as Owner/Chef Shelley Young answers your grilling questions, just in time for your Independence Day parties. Want to know how to get great grill marks on your steak, how to know when fish is done, or whether you should oil the grill or the food? Just ask!Facebook Logo

Wednesday, June 26 
6pm-7pm CST

Go to our Facebook page next week and submit your questions, and we'll answer them LIVE!   

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Sample Sausages from The Radler     

Radler The Radler, Chicago's contemporary Bavarian beer hall and restaurant, is coming to Logan Square. Using locally sourced meat and produce, The Radler will bring the cooking traditions of Germany, Austria, and The Czech Republic to the 21st century.

We are opening our kitchen to Chef Nathan Sears to make his sausages (Weiffwurst & Thuringer) next week. Stop by for a taste!


Tuesday, June 25 


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Learn more about The Radler.

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