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David Hammond

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David Hammond writes a weekly food column for WednesdayJournal and is Dining and Drinking Editor at Newcity/Chicago.  He hosted two seasons of “Soundbites” on Chicago Public Radio and two seasons of “You Really Should Eat This,” a television series produced in conjunction with the Village of Oak Park. He is co-founder of LTHForum.com, the 15,000 member food chat site; for several years he wrote weekly “Food Detective” columns in Chicago Sun-Times. Currently he contributes to Chicago Tribune, Plate, Make It Better and other publications. He has written extensively about the culinary and cultural traditions of Mexico, and he has contributed several chapters to Street Food around the World and The Chicago Food Encyclopedia.

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September 1 is National Gyros Day Read more

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National Chop Suey Day is August 29 Read more

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National Rum Day is August 16 Read more

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National Hamburger Day is July 28 Read more

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National French Fry Day is July 13 Read more

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National Catfish Day is June 25 Read more

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Steamed red lobster on a wooden cutting board with parsley and lemon

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Lobster no longer for me Read more

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National Italian Beef Day is May 27 Read more

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National Enchilada Day is May 5 Read more

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National Pigs in a Blanket Day is April 24 Read more

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National Licorice Day is celebrated on April 12 Read more

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National Tamale Day is March 23 Read more

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National Oatmeal Cookie Day is April 30th Read more

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You don't have to choose between just two varieties of clam chowder. Read more

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David Hammond

One of my favorite forms of America's favorite tuber is the Tater Tot…and yes, Tater Tots have a day all their own; it's February 2! Woohoo!! Read more

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David Hammond

Fritos are "the original corn chip." It says so on the bag. They were certainly the first corn chip I ever had. Read more

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David Hammond

We celebrate the bean on January 6 Read more

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A delicious part of Puerto Rican holiday traditions Read more

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David Hammond

In the days before one could get high-quality produce from places like Whole Foods, Mariano's, and a host of smaller specialty stores, Harry & David provided a way for people in even remote locales to sample excellent fruit. Read more

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Sardines in a can with loaf of bread on black rustic background. Top view

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Sardines, unlike tuna, actually have a lot of flavor, and they're very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which should appeal to an increasingly health-conscious eating public. Read more

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Lamb shawarma at Grape Leaves, photo David Hammond.jpg

David Hammond

September 1 is National Gyros Day Read more

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#1 Chop Suey.jpg

David Hammond

National Chop Suey Day is August 29 Read more

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Papa Doble, photo David Hammond.jpg

David Hammond

National Rum Day is August 16 Read more

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Scratch-burger.jpg

File photo

National Hamburger Day is July 28 Read more

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National French Fry Day is July 13 Read more

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David Hammond

National Catfish Day is June 25 Read more

Blogs

Steamed red lobster on a wooden cutting board with parsley and lemon

kuvona - stock.adobe.com

Lobster no longer for me Read more

Blogs

National Italian Beef Day is May 27 Read more

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National Enchilada Day is May 5 Read more

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David Hammond

National Pigs in a Blanket Day is April 24 Read more

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David Hammond

National Licorice Day is celebrated on April 12 Read more

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National Tamale Day is March 23 Read more

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National Oatmeal Cookie Day is April 30th Read more

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You don't have to choose between just two varieties of clam chowder. Read more

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David Hammond

One of my favorite forms of America's favorite tuber is the Tater Tot…and yes, Tater Tots have a day all their own; it's February 2! Woohoo!! Read more

Blogs

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David Hammond

Fritos are "the original corn chip." It says so on the bag. They were certainly the first corn chip I ever had. Read more

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David Hammond

We celebrate the bean on January 6 Read more

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A delicious part of Puerto Rican holiday traditions Read more

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David Hammond

In the days before one could get high-quality produce from places like Whole Foods, Mariano's, and a host of smaller specialty stores, Harry & David provided a way for people in even remote locales to sample excellent fruit. Read more

Blogs

Sardines in a can with loaf of bread on black rustic background. Top view

Nedim Bajramovic nedim_b - stock.adobe.com

Sardines, unlike tuna, actually have a lot of flavor, and they're very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which should appeal to an increasingly health-conscious eating public. Read more

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