WBEZ | waffles http://www.wbez.org/tags/waffles Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Legislative report card http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-05-08/morning-shift-legislative-report-card-112004 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JanetandPhil.jpg" style="height: 496px; width: 620px;" title="Flickr/JanetandPhil" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204535487&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Legislative report card</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">State lawmakers are in the final month of the Spring legislative session. Governor Rauner started it by revealing his 2016 budget, and made an appearance at City Hall this week to sell the Council on his plans. But they may not be too sold on his budget after the watchdog group the Civic Federation says it&rsquo;s unrealistic. So while the Gov. was in Chicago, what were legislators getting done in Springfield? Turns out, not a whole lot. We talk with the <a href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a>&rsquo;s Andy Shaw and Alden Loury, who give us a report card on the Spring session.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/AndyShawBGA">Andy Shaw</a> is the&nbsp;</em><em>Better Government Association&#39;s&nbsp;</em><em>CEO and President.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/BetterGov">Alden Loury</a> is the&nbsp;</em><em>Better Government Association&#39;s Senior Policy Analyst.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204535484&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Blackhawks sweep Wild</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate the team&#39;s four game sweep of the Minnesota Wild Thursday. And the Bulls look ahead to another game against the the Miami Heat. We check in with Cheryl Raye Sout, WBEZ&#39;s sports contributor.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">Cheryl Raye Stout</a>&nbsp;is WBEZ&#39;s sports contributor.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204535481&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Waffleizer</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">This Sunday is Mother&rsquo;s Day when a lot of us try to make breakfast for dear old mom. If you don&rsquo;t want to mess up too many pots and pans in the process, you might consider cooking it up in a waffle iron, but we&rsquo;re not just talking waffles. WBEZ&rsquo;s Monica Eng recently caught up with former Chicago writer Dan Shumski who was in town giving cooking lessons for his book called Will It Waffle? In it he shares dozens of recipes for cookies, fritters, meats, falafel and, yes, even bacon and eggs -all cooked in a waffle iron. Monica put together an audio postcard of her visit with the master waffler Dan Shumski.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/monicaeng">Monica Eng</a> is a WBEZ reporter/producer.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><em><a href="https://twitter.com/will_it_waffle">Dan Shumski</a> is the author of <a href="http://www.willitwaffle.com/">&quot;Will it Waffle?&quot;</a> a cookbook.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204535478&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Welcome to Night Vale</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Nearly three years ago, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor brought to life a sort of slice of small-town Americana set in an alternate universe. The creators and writers of popular serial fiction podcast <a href="http://commonplacebooks.com/">Welcome to Night Vale</a> pair the supernatural with the surreal, the absurd with the mundane, and plop it all down at a fictional community radio station located &quot;somewhere in the Southwestern United States.&quot; The show, part comedy, part sci-fi, part something otherworldly has grown a massive cult following since its inception. By the summer of 2013, Welcome to Night Vale even bumped our own This American Life out of the top spot in iTunes. The show is touring the U.S. with a stage show version of the podcast, and brings a little of its paranormal activity to Chicago. We speak with its creators and writers, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/PlanetofFinks">Joseph Fink</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/happierman">Jeffrey Cranor</a> are the creators of the podcast <a href="https://twitter.com/NightValeRadio">&quot;Welcome to NIght Vale.&quot;</a></em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204535475&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Lowland Hum</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">You don&rsquo;t need to be married to make great music together. But it certainly doesn&rsquo;t hurt. From ABBA to Sonic Youth to Ike and Tina, the dynamic between musical couples- and the notion that their off-stage chemistry is a key factor in what they create-has always been a draw for fans. Since 2012, North Carolina&rsquo;s Daniel and Lauren Goans have been blending their lives as well as their harmonies, making music as Lowland Hum. They join Morning Shift to play tracks off their new self-titled release in between two nights worth of gigs in Chicago.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guests:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/lowlandhum">Lowland Hum</a> is&nbsp;</em><em>North Carolina&rsquo;s Daniel and Lauren Goan.</em></p></p> Fri, 08 May 2015 07:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-05-08/morning-shift-legislative-report-card-112004 That which we call a diner http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/which-we-call-diner-106205 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://instagram.com/p/XFlMGAxRm6/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/dinercozywaffle.JPG" style="width: 620px;" title="Waffle Combo Meal with two eggs over easy, ham, added hash browns and coffee at Cozy Corner Restaurant and Pancake House in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">What defines a diner? Breakfast all day? Late night burgers and shakes? Counter service with sassy waitresses and grillmen wearing white paper hats?</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">I&#39;m investigating diners for Curious City, the question precisely &quot;<a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/440"><u>Where are the area&#39;s oldest diners and what are their stories?</u></a>&quot; &mdash; asked by Rachel Kimura.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But hold up, what is a diner? Our friends at <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/27/chicagoists_favorite_diners.php"><u><em>Chicagoist</em>&nbsp;listed their favorite diners</u></a> recently, and while Diner Grill fits the classic bill, why do <u><a href="http://daleysrestaurant.com/">Daley&#39;s Restaurant</a></u> and even <u><a href="http://cozycornerrestaurant.net/">Cozy Corner</a>&nbsp;</u>do&nbsp;too? What separates the diners from the restaurants, coffeeshops, and grills?</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">We&#39;d love to hear what you think, in the comments below or <a href="http://curiouscity.wbez.org/#!/archive/question/440"><u>over at Curious City</u></a>. (BTW did you hear <u><a href="https://soundcloud.com/curiouscity/the-sound-of-our-hearts">Ira Glass say recently, &quot;I love Curious City.&quot;</a>?</u></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">In the meantime, I&#39;m on the case. Above you see my go-to diner order when available. I have my own Ron Swanson rules when it comes to diner food. I order waffles over pancakes because I can make pancakes at home. I order ham over bacon because only I can make bacon the way I like it, baked to crispy edges and chewy center. Eggs over easy and hash browns, runny yolks broken over hash browns, then seasoned judiciously with ketchup and Tabasco.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">When Curious City hits the road in search of the area&#39;s oldest diners and their stories, I will be carrying my own personal bottle of real maple syrup, and my own thermally insulated whipped cream.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">But coffee, I just drink their coffee, cream and sugar,&nbsp;however good or bad it might be. Curious, I know.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></div></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/which-we-call-diner-106205