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Big Ten Big Dawgs 2014


Bankers Life Fieldhouse is serving up some delicious dogs to Big Ten fans. Make them at home to celebrate your teams!


Fighting Illini Cheddar Dawg

Cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard and blue tortilla strips


Hoosier Dawg

Coleslaw, red pepper relish and fried onions


Hawkeye Dawg

Southwest-style corn salsa, corn tortilla strips & pepper jack cheese


Go Blue Bleu Cheese & Bacon Dawg

Bleu cheese coleslaw, bacon and golden mustard

Michigan State

Spicy Spartan Dawg

Pepper jack cheese, jalapeno pickle relish and spicy mustard


Gopher Chili Dawg

Chili, Cheddar Cheese Sauce, diced onions and Fritos chips


Wildcat Dawg

Purple onion marmalade, provolone cheese and Creole mustard

Ohio State

Buckeye Dawg

Spicy mustard kraut and red pepper relish

Penn State

Roaring Lion Dawg

Coarse grain mustard, jalapeno relish, blue corn tortillas and sauerkraut


Boilermaker Dawg

Smokey black bean salsa, golden mustard and cheddar cheese


Cheesy Badger Dawg

Cheddar cheese sauce, pepper jack, provolone, Cheetos and pepper relish


Cornhusker Dawg

Tomato corn relish, provolone cheese, crispy corn chips

Super Super Bowl Dish: Chicken Verde Meatballs


Chicken Verde Meatballs

Makes: 32 meatballs / Preparation time: 35 minutes (plus chilling time) / Total time: 1 hour

You can make these meatballs smaller than 1 ounce if you choose. Look for Cotija cheese in the specialty cheese section of grocery stores. Cotija is a crumbly, salty cheese similar to feta.

■ 1 large egg 
■ ¼ cup heavy whipping cream 
■ 6 whole-corn tortillas (6-inch size) 
■ 1 tablespoon olive oil 
■ 1 medium yellow onion, peeled, diced small 
■ 1 large poblano pepper, diced 
■ 1 tablespoon cumin 
■ 1 tablespoon dried oregano (Mexican, if desired) 
■ 1½ pounds ground chicken breast 
■ ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves 
■ ½ cup grated Cotija cheese 
■ 2 teaspoons kosher salt 
■ 2 teaspoons black pepper 
■ 1 to 2 tablespoons canola oil 
■ Favorite Salsa Verde

In a blender or food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine egg, cream and tortillas and purée till smooth.

In a medium size sauté pan, heat olive oil. Add the onion, poblano pepper, cumin and oregano; sauté until soft. Let cool.

In a large bowl, place the ground chicken, cilantro, cheese, salt, pepper, tortilla mixture and onion mixture. Mix well, but do not over mix. Refrigerate for 30 to 40 minutes to let flavors come together.

If desired, take a small amount and form into a patty to sample. Sear in a sauté pan till fully cooked and taste to ensure that seasonings are correct.

To form the meatballs, scoop out 1-ounce (or smaller) portions using a small ice cream or cookie scoop to give yourself a consistent measure. Once you have scooped out all of the mixture, roll the balls in your hands to make them uniform in shape.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil. Working in batches and adding more canola oil as necessary, place the meatballs in pan and sear them on all sides to get a nice brown crust. Once all meatballs are seared, place them in a baking dish and finish in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. Add Salsa Verde Sauce to meatballs and let simmer on low heat on the stove for 30 minutes.

GRAMMY Menu Recipe: Cedar Plank Salmon


Grammy Menu

Serves 12


4 pounds Atlantic wild salmon
6 oz. honey
6 oz. whole grain mustard
6 oz. fresh thyme
Cedar plank boards (a 6" x 14" will hold apx. two salmon fillets)

Whisk honey and whole grain mustard in a bowl. Place salmon in a pan and brush on honey-mustard mixture. Place 2 ounces of fresh thyme directly on salmon. Marinate salmon for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Char cedar planks with a blow torch before using. Place remaining thyme sprigs on the base of the board and place salmon on board. Bake in oven at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve salmon on cedar board. Can be served hot or room temperature. 

Warm Spiced Wine


Zoo Lights brightens Lincoln Park Zoo here in Chicago this weekend. Warm your holidays with this simply delicious recipe.

1 Gallon Apple Cider

1 Fresh Orange halfed

10 Cloves

4 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Bottle of Red Wine

Combine all but the wine in a large stock pot and slowly bring to a simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add wine, then stir to combine. Strain spices from mixture and enjoy!

Joe Nader's Fall Harvest Quinoa and Lentil Salad


The chef: Joe Nader, 42, executive chef for Levy Restaurants at Ford Field

Inspiration for the dish: To offset the many heavy dishes served on this holiday, Nader created a “healthy dish that tastes really good but still envelops the seasonal aspect of Thanksgiving.”

With its rainbow of vegetables and alternative grains like quinoa, this salad fits the bill and is perfect for vegetarian and meat-eating guests alike. Plus, it’s a beautiful dish.

“It looks like fall — with the reds, oranges, greens, browns — on a plate,” Nader says.

One twist, Nader points out, is that he uses raw sweet potato. Cutting it into small dice or thinly slicing it adds lots of crunch to the salad.

And the mint may seem odd, but it’s Nader’s way of adding another layer of fresh flavor. This brightens up the dish, he says, while retaining its flavor profile.

Nader will serve it in the Hall of Legends at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day when the Lions play the Green Bay Packers.

His tips: Make this salad more colorful by using a mix of quinoa (regular or red) as well as a blend of different-colored lentils. Also, it can be made ahead of time.

“It’s so easy to make and holds really well,” he says. “And because the grains are hearty, it stands up and doesn’t get soggy.”

Fall Harvest Quinoa and Lentil Salad
Serves: 12 / Preparation time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

1½ cups quinoa 
5 cups water 
1½ cups lentils 
½ cup green onion 
½ cup diced red pepper 
2 tablespoons diced red onion 
½ cup mix of sliced orange and white carrots 
½ cup diced sweet potatoes 
½ cup cooked butternut squash, diced 
½ cup fresh corn off cob 
6 tablespoons orange juice 
2 tablespoons lime juice 
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 
1 clove minced garlic 
2 tablespoons chopped mint 
Sea salt and cracked black pepper

Rinse quinoa several times and drain well. In two separate pots, bring 2½ cups water to a boil. Add the quinoa to one and cook 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed, remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes, fluff with fork and let cool. Add lentils to the other and cook al dente, drain and cool.

Meanwhile, chop the green onions, red pepper, red onion, carrots, sweet potatoes and squash into ¼-inch dice. In a large pot, quick-steam the squash, and if desired the sweet potatoes, carrots and corn until just crisp tender. Remove from the pot and cool. In a small bowl combine the orange juice, lime juice and balsamic vinegar.

Just before serving, place the cooled quinoa and lentils in a serving dish. Add the juice mixture and toss to coat; fold in all vegetables, garlic and mint. Season the salad to taste with salt and pepper just before serving.

From Joe Nader, executive chef, Levy Restaurants, Ford Field. Not tested. Nutrition information not available.

Blackhawks Steak Sandwich


Take a tip from Chef Arcomone at the United Center and serve up hearty steak sandwiches topped with this dynamite flavored butter for the next home game!


For the sandwich:

Steak Butter

1/2 diced yellow onion
1/2 Tbs pureed garlic
1 Tbs brown sugar
1 Tbs tomato paste
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 oz red wine vinegar
1/4 Tbs Kosher salt
1/4 Tbs table grind pepper
1/2 Tbs olive oil
1 cup A-1 sauce
1 lb butter

In a medium sauce pot, over medium heat, add olive oil and saute onions and garlic until translucent. Add remaining ingredients and slowly simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. When cool, you can mix steak sauce and butter.

Spread on your favorite bread and top with fresh grilled steak, lettuce and tomato!

Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/09/25/lunchbreak-steak-sandwich/#ixzz2gn4ZoBVQ

Wrigley Field's Chicago Chopped Relish


With the All-Star Game going on, Wrigley Field's Executive Chef David Burns took a break  to show fans how to make a simple Chicago Chopped Relish.  

See Chef David demonstrate his delicious recipe here, or check out the recipe below. 

Chicago Chopped Relish

1 cup vine ripe tomatoes, small diced
1 cup white onions, small diced
1 cup neon relish
1 cup cucumbers, peeled and small diced
1/2 cup sport peppers, chopped

Mix all of these toppings in a bowl.

Ravinia Latin Grain Salad


Chef Matthew Ford of brings this easy to make salad from Ravinia to your kitchen! 

Latin Grain Salad with cumin-lime vinaigrette

½ cup quinoa, cooked

½ cup brown rice, cooked

¼ cup black beans, rinsed well

½ red bell pepper, small dice

½ red onion, small dice

2 ears of corn, blistered on grill and kernels cut from the ear

2 Tbsp parsley, chives, green onion or cilantro chopped for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, add enough dressing to just coat.  This salad is great served immediately or refrigerated overnight and served the next day.

Cumin-lime vinaigrette:

5 limes, juiced

1½ Tbsp cumin

1 clove garlic, minced

4 oz olive oil

Kosher salt and Ground Black pepper to taste

Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until well incorporated.  

Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks!


Toast the Stanley Cup winners with a tall glass of Green Juice the players use to fuel the action on the ice created by United Center Chef Mike Arcomone!

Chicago Blackhawks Green Juice Recipe 

(Adapted from Dr. Oz's Green Drink)

Method: Combine all ingredients in juicer.

Yield: Each recipe makes 2 gallons.

Green Juice #1

3 pineapples, peeled and cored
1 1/2 carrots
3/4 cups spinach
2 1/2 bunches parsley
3 bunches kale
6 tbsp honey
1 lime, juice only
3 cucumbers
1 1/2 bottles mineral water

Green Juice #2
5 bananas, peeled
3 pineapples, peeled and cored
1 1/2 carrots
3/4 cups spinach
3 bunches parsley
3 bunches kale
6 tbsp honey
1 lime, juice only
3 cucumbers
1 1/2 bottles mineral water

Green Juice #3
3/4 cups spinach
4 cucumbers
1/4 head celery
3 bunches parsley
1/2 small bunch mint
2 carrots
4 apples, cored and seeded
1 lime, juice only
1 lemon, juice only
2 pineapples, peeled and cored
1 1/2 bottles mineral water

The Flavor of Tradition


Chef JoJo of Churchill Downs welcomes spectators from around the world with the very best flavors of Kentucky. Do Derby Day right and welcome friends with the classic flavors of the historic racetrack.

Roast Chicken with Black Pepper Honey Pan Gravy and Edamame Succotash
Serves 4

2 cups – shelled edamame
1 1/3 cups – fresh corn
2/3 cup – diced canned tomatoes
2/3 cup – yellow pepper
1/3 cup diced red onion
½ cup – country ham, julienned
1 cup – chicken stock

1 pound – boneless, skin-on chicken breasts (about 2)
1 cup – demi-glace (may be store bought)
½ tablespoon – black pepper
8 tablespoons – honey
6 tablespoons – vegetable oil, divided

Chef’s Notes:
Begin by making the succotash. In a medium pot, add the edamame, corn, tomatoes, yellow pepper, red onion, ham, and stock. Stir to combine. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes to an hour, adding more chicken stock as needed.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Pat the chicken breasts dry and liberally salting and peppering both sides. Then, heat four tablespoons of the oil in a large, oven proof sauté pan over medium high heat. Place the breasts in the pan skin side down and let crisp, about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook the other side for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Place the whole pan in the oven and let cook for about 12 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature is 165 degrees.

While the chicken is cooking, heat a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the remaining two tablespoons of oil and the black pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the honey to the pan and stir, cooking until the honey begins to bubble. Add the demi-glace and stir. Remove from heat.

To serve, place one cup of succotash on each plate, top with chicken, and drizzle with the black pepper-honey gravy. Enjoy!


Classic Mint Julep:
1 Tbsp. Mint Syrup, 2 oz. Kentucky Bourbon

Notes: Make simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for 5 minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with 6-8 sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.
Fill a julep cup with crushed ice, add 1 Tbsp. mint syrup and 2 oz. of Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

The Oaks Lily:
1 oz.  Vodka, 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix, 3 oz. Cranberry Juice, Splash of Triple Sec

Notes: Once the ingredients are mixed, serve in a tall glass with crushed ice, add a straw and garnish with an orange wedge and cherry.

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