The Haute Meal

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The Blog: The Haute Meal

The URL: thehautemeal.com

Who Writes It: Stephanie Augustine, who lives in Chicago and writes about food and fashion.

Why I Like It: The Haute Meal is one of what strikes me as a surprisingly large number of blogs that combine posts about food with posts about fashion. To illustrate: Stephanie’s two most recent posts are “Creamy Chicken Fricassee with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms” and “Snakeskin Sweatshirt and Pleated Skirt.” (Speaking for myself, I found the former more engaging than the latter. It’s definitely more edible.) A bunch of other blogs combine food with home-decorating. As a general rule, blogs like these are stronger, often much stronger, on the non-food side than the food side. But I like the food on Stephanie’s blog quite a lot. As you might expect from a Chicagoan, the food here is protein-centric, with substantial meats and also a decent amount of cheese. Although few of us admit it any more, I think a lot of people still eat this way. I often do. What makes the blog nice is that the starches and veggies that surround the meats come in a nice variety, signaling with clarity that this is not 1950s-style meat-and-potato-ism. These are straightforward and appealing recipes for the daily whirl.

Three Recipes Worth Cooking:

Sausage and Feta Bucatini with Roasted Grape Relish: There are lots of sausages in Chicago cuisine. This is a beautifully simple preparation.

Nashville Hot Chicken: Sounds as if it should be the name of a dance, but it’s dinner—and, I am proud to say, this is the second time a Nashville hot chicken recipe has appeared in blogEATS. Uses lard, but not too much.

Pumpkin Nutella Sweet Rolls: For the season we currently are in. I like it that Stephanie has you making your own spice blend and doesn’t ask for a store-bought pumpkin-pie-spice mixture.

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