Chicago Johnnys Recipes

Chicago Johnnys Recipes

johnny in the kitchenTo me, Chicago is not a city limited within street boundaries nor neighborhood limits. Chicago has an eccentric culinary history that's helped us create the nation's best food city. Giardiniera & Italian Beef sandwiches developed by Italian immigrants; open pit style bbq that Mississippi Delta African Americans brought with them beginning in the early 20th century; Chicago style Gyros with tzatziki sauce & saganaki developed by Greek immigrants; deep dish & tavern style (very thin crust) pizzas developed around a culture of loving food & drink; & one of the best modern developments in the Chicago culinary world, the Jibarito sandwich created by Juan "Peter" Figueroa in Humboldt Park. 

Chicago is not bound by living East of this street or South of that street. Chicago is gathering together for graduation parties, street fests with beer & food, grabbing a tamale from the hot dog joint or getting ribs from your favorite pizza place. Chicago is street life, live music, family & friends (which are basically family); we are a mix, a culturally & ethnically beautiful mix of people that love an excuse to get together & enjoy each other's company. That's Chicago. Oh, & also having no school on Casimir Pulaski Day.

Chicago Johnny In the Kitchen

Since I was a baby I was clinging to my mother's arm as she cooked in the kitchen. Held under her arm as she stirred the "Sunday Gravy"; this is my mother's reasoning for my love of the kitchen. Since I was crawling I crawled into the kitchen where my grandma Annette was cooking. Growing up I would be in the kitchen with all of the cooks while most of the men were watching football & sports. The kitchen has been my passion from a young age, & from that passion came great recipes. Enjoy your own Chicago Johnny experience at home with these recipes!
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