Chicago Combo

More snow is coming our way.  I am on the fence about whether or not to drive into work.  It’s 7:00 a.m. now, the snow is light, but we could get 1 to 2 inches an hour by 12:30.  I guess we’ll see in an hour how it plays out!

Breakfast was a breakfast burrito – one tablespoon light cream cheese, 2 tablespoons refried beans (some of the best I’ve ever made – recipe to come soon!), 1 egg, 1/4 cup egg whites and baby spinach.  The clementines are some of the best I’ve had all year – so sweet.

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I decided to bike ride at lunch yesterday.  I forgot my headphones, so I just concentrated on the ride.  I did the random setting, so you never know when it’s going to get harder.  I kept my pace between 90 and 100 rpm’s no matter the hill I was climbing, I was a bit sweaty at the end!  9 miles in 39 minutes – nice!

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Lunch was some of Tony’s leftover fried rice.  There was probably about 1/2 – 3/4 cup of rice and I added broccoli slaw and shrimp.  I bought Jonagold apples because they were on sale – they really didn’t have much taste – I may have to saute the rest of them to give them some flavor.

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I had my skinny mocha for an afternoon treat – 1 25 calorie hot chocolate mixed with coffee, then topped with whipped cream – I call it my 50 calorie café mocha.  And how cute is this snowman mug?  Skippy, I know you are eyeing it!

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When my sister and I were in our early 20’s we worked at a bar called Schuler’s in Forest Park.  Billy, the uncle of the manager, was the cook.  He was a gruffy old man.  Smoked more cigarettes than anyone I knew, and as soon as the clock hit midnight and the kitchen closed, he’d ask me to get him a Heineken and a shot of Jameson.

His one night off was Wednesday night and at some point I volunteered to work the kitchen.  This was mainly a pizza place – the first time I had a pizza with diced pepperoni which was amazeballs.

The second top seller?  The Chicago Combo.  Now if you’ve never had this, this is a stunning sandwich.  Turano bun, Italian sausage, Italian beef and mozzarella cheese.  How bad could that be?!  The only thing I was missing was hot giardienra on mine.

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I made ours a cheezy garlic combo.  I  schmeared a bit of butter on the bun, sprinkled with garlic salt, then put two slices of mozzarella cheese and put that bun in the broiler.  The sausage I got was homemade by our local grocery store – this version was provolone and peppers.  I bought 1/4 pound of Italian beef.  I took 1 cup of beef broth, added 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning and brought that to a boil.  Removed that from the heat and added in the Italian beef to warm it up.

I cooked the sausage in a cast iron skillet with about 1/2 a cup of water, turning frequently.  Once the water evaporates, it browned on all sides.   Then it’s time to build the sammie!

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Not quite typical with mustard and this Southwest sauce – the southwest sauce is spicy and made from red peppers.


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I don’t know what I was thinking.  I should have made one and split it with Tony because we both only ate half, but this was delicious – the sausage had a nice kick to it too.  The only thing missing was the hot peppers .  Next time!

Have you ever had a Chicago Combo before?  If I get it out, I like it “dipped” in the au jus so it’s extra messy!

Only 32.5 miles left to go to hit my 45 miles in March goal!

Alright, I guess I’ll jump in the shower and see where we are at snow wise.  Wish me luck! Open-mouthed smile   Make it a great day!


20 thoughts on “Chicago Combo

  1. Stay home if you can! They cancelled schools last night – which is never a good sign. I’ll be stuck inside with the two boys…..again…..come on spring!!!

    Your dinner looks awesome – right up my husband’s alley!

    Stay safe if you go out.

  2. It all looks so good! And I’m coveting that mug! We were supposed to wake up to snow but, so far, nothing!! Keep safe.


  3. We got a dusting last night, but northeast Nebraska was on the bottom edge of that storm so it just teased us. I’d stay home, if it’s looking bad!

  4. Great job on the bike Biz! I’ve been doing more of the bike at the gym lately. It is a nice addition to the running. I’ve never had a Chicago combo. Even in my meat eating days I think it would have been a little too much for me. My son would be so jealous of the snow you’re getting. He is rather ticked off that most of ours has melted. I hope you stay safe to and from work. Have a great day!!

  5. Yeah, we work up to about 4 inches here already and it’s not stopping….headed straight for Chicagoland!!!

  6. Hope you got to stay home! My son is in Reston, VA – storm’s headed his way and this mom is worried.

  7. Be careful if you head out, Biz! Just rain here right now changing over later this afternoon. I have never had a combo but I love a dipped beef with tons of peppers and don’t forget the cheese! And dont forget the Jays potato chips! Yours looks DELISH I love any type of mustard!

  8. If you have to drive, drive safe! We are getting a good amount of snow over here! School was cancelled for an unexpected, yet very appreciated snow day! 🙂

    I love breakfast burritos…they are my current favorite eat in the morning!

  9. Gosh, your food always looks restaurant quality! Tony is a lucky lucky man b/c my man doesn’t get meals like these!! 🙂
    Happy Tuesday, Biz!

  10. They called a snow day for us! So, here I am, relaxing at home with Bob. It’s heavenly. 🙂

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    Hope you had a safe commute!

  12. We were supposed to get a couple of inches by today……but I think you guys are getting it all. That’s okay, share the snow, I say. Be careful if you have to travel.

    Oh yum that Chicago Combo looks delicious. We have a little restaraunt called “Taste of the Windy City” they have combos…thick hamburgers with gyro meat, Italian roast beef sandwiches, Chicago style hot dogs……..mmmmmm making me hungry.

    Ummmm…where is your smoothie for today??? Mine was coconut milk, strawberries, parsley and a few leaves of mint and some Chobani yogurt…….yum!

  13. I am excited for the refried bean recipe, I have been eating them a lot lately. I have never had a Chicago Combo. We just got a Portillo’s in AZ so maybe they will have it!

  14. I sat at a Korean restaurant for dinner tonight, talking about Chicago and snow with a Northwestern alumna. Yeah, neither of us miss the depressing windy winter of Chicago…but we do miss the snow! And if I had tried this Chicago combo dog, I might look more favorably on the days I spent there in the Midwest…

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