WHEN IT comes to preparing simple nutritious meals, once in a while–often out of financial necessity–one must improvise with what is available. If ordering out or going to the store is not an option, this 2-minute recipe may come in handy if you are ever in a pinch.
The ingredients for Recession Pizza are:
1 Rice Cake*
2 Tablespoons of Salsa or Pasta Sauce
1-2 Slices of Cheese
* If you wish, you may substitute 1/2 of an English Muffin. Whether you choose the top of the muffin or the bottom is entirely up to you.
Here’s how to prepare Recession Pizza:
1. Place your rice cake on a flat surface
2. Add salsa or pasta sauce
3 Cover with cheese
3a. TIP: Turn up the corners of the cheese so they don’t melt over the edges and make a mess
(Being the sensible person I know you are, you’d probably do this anyway.)
4. Place in Microwave oven and set timer for 45 seconds
5. Press the Start button
6. Do something else for 45 seconds. If you can’t drum up something to do for 45 seconds you can watch this
7. Voila! You now have one helping of Recession Pizza!
(NOTE: The rice cake make get soggy in the middle but should remain relatively crunchy along the perimeter)
This meal is cheap, easy to make, and best of all, 99% healthy. So go on and try it, especially if you have a lonely sleeve of rice cakes staring down at you from atop your fridge or stowed away in the cupboard. Enjoy with a tall glass of water.
Most people think of catastrophe when they hear the word “disaster”….volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes….
Ahhhhh yes….savor the succulent Sarkis Special with Disaster Sausage!
But on Gross Point Road just northwest of Central and Crawford on the outskirts of Evanston, a welcome disaster awaits you at Sarkis Cafe, home of the famous Disaster Sausage, and as the sign proclaims, “Home of the World’s Best Omelette.”
This diminutive shack has been around, it seems, forever, and for good reason; triglyceride lovers flock to its doors to gulp down coffee, and order up a fabulous breakfast (or lunch, depending upon how late you may have slept in or how early you woke).
I noticed that one of the tags associated with this restaurant on Google is “greasy spoon.” That’s a convenient label to foist upon this classic culinary institution, but it’s really so much more than that. It’s a grease lover’s paradise and they make no apologies for the fat content of their menu items. (There’s a gluten free bakery down the road if that’s your thing, dietary restrictions or otherwise.) No, it’s probably not a good idea to eat here every day, but you’ve got to have some serious yang with your yin, and Sarkis is just the place. In high school we used to pile into a car and hit Sarkis for breakfast before school; we used to joke that it’s so small you have to bring your own table, chairs and silverware. That’s not too far from the truth, but for good greasy grub, nothing could be more welcome, even if eating here is the equivalent of a grease jacuzzi for your arteries.
Happy Evanston Eating!
Mustard’s Last Stand is an institution; there’s nothing like stepping into this little hot dog shack that occupies a small space just west of the long parking lot adjacent to Ryan Field (Dyche Stadium though it will always be)….and stepping back in time. The walls are plastered with memorabilia and old framed photos of local sports heroes and Chicago sports legends.
When you sit outside at the round concrete picnic tables, prepare yourself to be coerced into sharing your fries with the locals who are always there in warm weather…..the pigeons and other birds who prey upon your sympathy for a few salty carbs.
Mustards…the last stand….the one and only!