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Happy (early) Thanksgiving (local, organic bird style)!!!

It's probably not too late to get a free-roamin', bug-eatin', happy-livin', never-frozen Gunthorp Farms turkey for your family gathering.


http://www.gunthorpfarms.com/

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I've meant to put this out for a week or more, but life gets in the way.

If you're squeamish about the slaughter and butchering of animals, this definitely isn't for you. It's not all blood and gore, and it's not extremely graphic, but I know that even a little can be too much for some.

With that being said, this is an interesting read about Rob Levitt and the crew from Butcher & Larder taking a trip up to a Michigan farm to kill and butcher a hog. Most interesting is the farmer considering the differences between the experiences of the 22 mature hogs he sent to a slaughterhouse and the one hog kept behind for Rob.

Would it be inappropriate for me to call it food for thought?


http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/slaughtering-a-bare-knuckle-farm-pig-for-the-butcher-and-larder/Content?oid=7678201
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It's not quite like the Halloween parties I used to go to years ago, but "Supper with Snakes" is pretty cool.
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I call it, "El Culo Ardiendo"
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I'm pretty sure that was Liam Neeson who just ran past me looking terrified, but yet also determined.

I'm guessing his stupid daughter was kidnapped again.
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I'll have more on this incredible sippin' bourbon from Journeyman Distillery tomorrow, but here's a critic's thoughts...


http://m.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/10/03/one-sip-journeyman-distillerys-featherbone-bourbon
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The best pastry I've eaten in a long, long time is the gateau Basque cake at Floriole. It might even be the best pastry I've ever eaten.

If this was all they made, I'd go back again and again, just like I do now, and even without the attraction of the "I wonder what's new?" question.


http://www.floriole.com/blog/


Go get one!
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We brought the boys to see Nickelodeon's "The Fresh Beat Band" and it's lunacy. I'm guessing maybe 1% of the crowd ISN'T from Lombard or Bolingbrook, so welcome to the city.

The boys are loving it and dancing in the aisle.

We're snarking and judging.
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I've started a soup this morning with mirepoix and a smoked turkey breast from Paulina Market. It's simmering with some fresh-picked thyme and some bay leaves and in a few hours I'll add a cup of orzo and it'll be ready for dinner.

Then, I whizzed up a dozen seeded jalapeños, two carrots, half an onion, a few garlic cloves, rice wine vinegar, some fresh-squeezed limes, a half-bunch of cilantro, a generous drizzle of honey and pinch or three of salt. It's simmering next to the soup and when it's reduced by a third, I'll have hot sauce.

All this while watching college football and knocking back bottles of Metropolitan Ironworks Alt.

I love my wife and my kids. I love Saturdays. I really love it when my wife takes the kids out on Saturdays.
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One of this week's two new releases from Pipeworks, Well Read Temptress Raspberry Berliner-Style Weiss.

The label recommends "Drink it Fresh" and that's what I'm doing.

(I bought it, like, 20 minutes ago.)
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