The Growling Rabbit

A Landscape Architect Turned Baker, Restaurant Owner

This article was published in the April 2017 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. On her way to get dinner one night in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, Laura Soncrat stopped in front of the shuttered St. Andrew’s bar on Broadway and Thorndale and pressed her hands against the glass. She peered…

Christmas Turkey

The Versatility of Stuffing

This article was published in the December 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Although Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is nearly upon us, I’d like to carry over my favorite dish from the overflowing Thanksgiving table to the festively dressed and curated Christmas table. That adaptable, crowd-pleasing dish is…stuffing.…

Sarah Jordan

Flying Rhubarb and Flaming Hot Cheetos

This article was published in the September 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. I admire people who sink easily into a path and follow it. The mantra these days is to “follow your passion,” as if your whole life will be revealed to you if you manage to find…

High and lowbrow at The Dearborn

This article was published in the June 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Clodagh Lawless and Amy Lawless, from the established Irish restaurant family Lawless, are working on something big, really big: an 8,000 square foot 230-seat restaurant in the heart of the Chicago theater district. The Dearborn, as…

Mezcal cocktail

Mezcal: Getting to Know the Unknowable

This article was published in the April 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. One of my guilty pleasures is the deep-fried, cinnamon and sugar encrusted churro, but that’s not what this is about. It’s about the cocktails I drank while eating the churros. Mezcal cocktails. A Mexican spirit derived…

Yorkshire pudding

Sunday Roast with Yorkshire Puddings

This article was published in the February 2016 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Being in Belfast over Christmas and New Year made me realize how much I miss things. Friends and family not withstanding, I found I had been longing for Michael’s Mummy’s Sunday roast. Not long after we…

Cleetus Friedman, executive chef at Fountainhead

It’s Cider Season

This article was published in the October 2015 issue of the Irish American News under the “Guilty Pleasures” column. Bulmers or Magners cider is a common find in pubs across Ireland. Less so are more unique cider varieties. The same is true for the Midwest, particularly in Irish-style pubs. All of that is about to change…