tired of hummus but still craze garbanzos in a new context? try this.
what you’ll need, more or less, improvise:
couple cans of garbanzos, drained and washed onion of choice, small dice dried chorizo or sausage of choice, diced garlic, diced s & p and pepper flakes, fresh rosemary or thyme, diced canola or neutral oil of choice or even better, duck fat white wine crumbling or melting cheese of choice panko bread crumbs parsley
saute off the meat of choice in a large saute pan. reserve fat. add in finely diced onion and garlic. saute. add in the garbanzos, fresh herbs, pepper flakes, season liberally, and saute off more. deglaze with white wine. reduce slightly.
transfer to a baking dish, toss all in, coat liberally with oil. cook in a 300-325 oven for an hour or two, uncovered, until garbanzos are soft to taste. coat with cheese, panko and parsley mix, broil to brown.
or if you have french bread left over do this: cut into wedges, take some good tomatoes, halved, and rub all the goodness out of them onto the bread (spanish style), broil til browned. add a heap of the garbanzos and more melting cheese. broil.
don’t get me wrong, cozy is still there. but not the cozy we long time locals came to know, love and depend on for a quick bite.
the owner, peter the snarky greek, chose to kick out the mercado in the building to expand cozy into a slick, uniform, restaurant of sorts. in preparation for this transformation, peter fired narie (30+ yrs) over the phone, and squeezed out the other older waitresses (penny) to prepare for the debut of his new, improved, modern pancake house.
in came tasteful decor, higher prices, new managers, POS terminals, young latina waitresses and a frazzled old guard wait staff (olga, maria and anna). its like eating at a HO jOs now. oye. furthermore, the loss of the mercado next store is a huge loss to those of us who would stop in daily for veggies, meat and modest staples.
the last insult? no more free sun-times while you munch down on a lunch special of diced ham and eggs, burnt hash browns and pancakes.
it’s a new world in logan square these days. i’m feeling nostalgic for the old hood.
obama’s refusal to engage with anger makes sense as a strategic calculation, one that buffers against race-baiting criticism while consistent with his overarching philosophy of pragmatism and bipartisanship. he has taken as a model of black leadership the carefully controlled righteous anger of MLK jr. whose commitment to nonviolence was meant to be practiced in word and deed and the language of disappointment or impatience figured more prominently than anger. king’s anger, when it appeared, was part of a prophetic religious tradition where anger from the pulpit constituted its own idiom, one that is difficult to translate into the secular realm. still, obama takes MLK as an exemplar who effectively conveyed anger when necessary but advocated a type of politics based on cooperation.