Showing posts with label John Kass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Kass. Show all posts

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy Easter - Καλώ Πάσχα

Χριστός Ανέστη ! Resurrection liturgy 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. (half of that finagling a seat.) Broke the fast at Psistaria with margiritsa soup and grilled lamb at 3 a.m. Then got the light all the way home without setting Dad's car on fire - 4 a.m.

The margeritsa soup recipe, which calls for organs, is gamey and soothing, and requires that someone is cooking a whole baby lamb. Trust me: best tasted once per year, and prepared by a distant relative or a restaurateur.

Before Christ, the blood of a sacrificial lamb was used to mark doors so that evil would pass over the house. When at a Greek home, look above the front entrance for the symbol of the new new protector: scorch marks shaped in the sign of the cross, from the Resurrection night candle. More on the Lamb, and roasting lamb on a spit, in today's John Kass column in the Chicago Tribune. (registration required.)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Chicago Trib on Greek Easter Feast

You know you're home when the big newspaper columnist in town, John Kass, devotes his space to Greek Easter. Read on, though my Γιαγια never told fortunes, and leg of lamb was all we ever grilled on the backyard Weber.,0,5004794.column?page=2

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Blagojevich & India

Chicago is an ethnic potluck, so it was only a matter of time before an India connection popped up in the Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Obama-Seat-For-Sale saga. The Chicago Tribune reports the restaurant India House in Schaumburg was the gathering spot where two Indian-American businessmen and a Blagojevich aide named Rajinder "privately told many of the more than two-dozen attendees that a fundraising effort was aimed at supporting Jesse Jackson Jr's bid for the Senate." What you might call the smoking roti. Why? Because in Fed allegations that Blagojevich tried to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Illinois Senate seat, prosecutors allege Blago might give "Senate Candidate 5" (Jackson) the seat because emissaries for #5 promised to raise more than $1 million for Blago's campaign fund. In a separate effort to connect the political dots between Obama and Blagojevich, Trib columnist John Kass wrote an excellent piece on Rahm Emmanuel's ties to Chicago power broker Jim DeLeo, who "is considered by some to be the real governor of Illinois" though he was acquitted of taking bribes to fix tickets in the Operation Greylord probe of judicial corruption around 1989. One witness at the trial: Outfit gambling boss Ken "Tokyo Joe" Eto, who, Kass writes, "passed cash to Jimmy via handshakes." Better than fiction!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Starving Pilgrims

John Kass, who fills the void left by famed Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko, has appointed himself meat-cooking savant. Last time I came into town, he praised rib smokers. Now it's brining a turkey with salt and apple juice. Recipe for a stroke? Even Kass was surprised that his sister-in-law would try it. Kass writes, "She's serving turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and all the extra treats the Indians brought the starving Pilgrims, like those tiny cheese pies in phyllo dough, Kalamata olives and her mom's baklava for dessert. These were the goodies delivered to the Pilgrims by the little-known Greek Indians in colonial times." The spanakopita and Kalamatas were on our table, along with the oyster stuffing and cranberries. It's so good to be home.