there's always room for another serving
The idea behind Consume is a pretty simple one: sharing information about all things food- and drink-related in Chicago. This can be going out and consuming something prepared by someone else or staying in and consuming something prepared at home; growing something in your garden or obtaining it from a CSA; shopping for it at a farmer’s market, grocery, or specialty store; learning about it in during a cooking class, blog, or from a book; experiencing it at a festival or food event. This is a place to share and a place to learn so that we all benefit from what the Windy City has to offer, and that’s a lot!
The bottom line is consumption and subsequent enjoyment (we hope!) of all things food and wine.
The basics: My name is Jessy and I love to eat and drink. It’s not an earth-shattering statement, I know. But it is true. I’ve spent the past four years obsessing about this stuff after spending the 14 years prior as a vegan/vegetarian feeding only my body and never my soul. My husband suggested I share my thoughts with anyone who wants to consume them since “I’m already doing this stuff anyway.” I’m a newly-wed, just married this past August, and a loving mommy to our puggle, Suzy. I am a research specialist and I absolutely love my job. Had I realized my love of food 8 years ago (instead of 4), I probably would have done the culinary school routine but I got a master’s in applied developmental psychology instead and now I do research on social and emotional learning. I was born and raised in New York, moved to a small town in Virginia when I was 12, and moved to Chicago about 2 1/2 years ago. Despite being a New Yorker, I truly believe with my whole heart that Chicago is the best city in America – maybe even the world but I haven’t seen enough of it to say that definitively. My favorite thing about Chicago is that it is the best place to feed and be fed. It has inspired all things Consume.
The important stuff: I love pasta, of any kind, and my favorite dish is spaghetti with clams (white wine, garlic, and olive oil only – no funky chilis or tomatoes or anything else). I love to cook risotto because it’s a labor of love. (That, and my husband, likes to hover while I cook and constantly needs to stir things around so risotto works well for this team.) I read anything by Steve Dolinsky like the Bible and he has never steered me wrong (seriously, not once). I do not like things that are artifically grape flavored but I do love grapes. My least favorite dish to make is pancakes – they freak me out at the start and I usually don’t get into the swing of things until I’m on my third or fourth pancake. That seems wasteful so I eat out when I want them. I love wine but wish I had a better palette; merlot is my wine of choice followed in close second by a full-bodied Tempranillo. Italian food might be my favorite cuisine but I’m starting to love Vietnamese food as well. Stephanie Izard is, so far, my favorite Chicago-chef and she, like The Hungry Hound, has never let me down. I LOVE tacos and believe that you can put anything in a tortilla, call it a taco, and it will taste good – add the right spices and your taco will taste great. I am obsessed with cookbooks and prefer ones that read more like novels; my newest favorite is Jamie’s Dinners (by Jamie Oliver). I’m pretty sure I consume way too much salt. I think that knowing the basics is important but learning new technique keeps you relevant. I believe that science has a place in the kitchen and that anything homegrown tastes 110% better than something bought at a chain supermarket. We try to support local as much as possible and encourage others to do the same, when the opportunity presents itself. I will try anything once but, if I don’t like it the first time, I probably won’t eat it again (an example of this is pork belly, blegh!). I cannot finish a meal without dessert. I’m usually thinking of my next meal while consuming one.