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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.

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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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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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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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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So, let us now praise the pickle…and what better day to offer that praise than National Pickle Appreciation Day, November 14, when we honor one of our planet's most important foods, the pickle, so much more than a condiment. Read more

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The deliciousness of the fried bologna sandwich started me thinking about the basis for bologna's bad name. Read more

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David Hammond

Much baking relies upon getting the chemistry just right for the baked good; with Yorkshire Pudding, there's no such exactitude. Read more

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David Hammond

A recent visit to Rwanda turned me around about coffee (and a lot of other matters). I brought back several kilos of Rwandan coffee in my suitcase. It's fantastic. Read more

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Apparently, the ancient Aztecs never trademarked the word "guacamole," because now there are a number of other "sauces" that are prepared without avocado. Read more

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David Hammond

America loves bacon. Prove your love on International Bacon Day (September 1) by cooking up and enjoying some bacon, the unrivaled tastiest of all meats. Read more

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David Hammond

At King Chop Suey, they serve the chop suey of my youth: decent and fresh ingredients, spiced very non-aggressively to appeal to the many tastes, with rice and an eggroll, all of it tasting like 1964. Read more

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The submarine sandwich you want is made of bread so good you could eat it with just a pat of butter or a dip in olive oil. Read more

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The Basque cake at Hubbard Inn, Hedin told us, is the culmination of different recipes he's made over the years. Read more

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Though many think of Scotch as a cool -- or even cold -- weather drink, you can celebrate National Scotch Day on July 27 with a seasonably appropriate and cool Scotch cocktail. Read more

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Poke Burrito opened in mid-June at 1025 Lake Street, and they serve a type of sushi salad that's as visually attractive as it is a pleasure to eat. 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

Blogs

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

Blogs

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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

2_2_62162_2_1_Original.jpg

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

Blogs

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David Hammond

We celebrate the bean on January 6 Read more

Blogs

A delicious part of Puerto Rican holiday traditions Read more

Blogs

2_2_61191_2_1_edit.jpg

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

Blogs

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David Hammond

So, let us now praise the pickle…and what better day to offer that praise than National Pickle Appreciation Day, November 14, when we honor one of our planet's most important foods, the pickle, so much more than a condiment. Read more

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Homebrewing beer has been one of the more educational and fulfilling food-related experiences I've ever had. Read more

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David Hammond

The deliciousness of the fried bologna sandwich started me thinking about the basis for bologna's bad name. Read more

Blogs

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David Hammond

Much baking relies upon getting the chemistry just right for the baked good; with Yorkshire Pudding, there's no such exactitude. Read more

Blogs

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David Hammond

A recent visit to Rwanda turned me around about coffee (and a lot of other matters). I brought back several kilos of Rwandan coffee in my suitcase. It's fantastic. Read more

Blogs

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David Hammond

Apparently, the ancient Aztecs never trademarked the word "guacamole," because now there are a number of other "sauces" that are prepared without avocado. Read more

Blogs

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David Hammond

America loves bacon. Prove your love on International Bacon Day (September 1) by cooking up and enjoying some bacon, the unrivaled tastiest of all meats. Read more

Blogs

Chop suey.jpg

David Hammond

At King Chop Suey, they serve the chop suey of my youth: decent and fresh ingredients, spiced very non-aggressively to appeal to the many tastes, with rice and an eggroll, all of it tasting like 1964. Read more

Blogs

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David Hammond

The submarine sandwich you want is made of bread so good you could eat it with just a pat of butter or a dip in olive oil. Read more

Blogs

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David Hammond

The Basque cake at Hubbard Inn, Hedin told us, is the culmination of different recipes he's made over the years. Read more

Blogs

2_2_58248_2_1_Original.jpg

Courtesy of Distilled Spirits Council

Though many think of Scotch as a cool -- or even cold -- weather drink, you can celebrate National Scotch Day on July 27 with a seasonably appropriate and cool Scotch cocktail. Read more

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