Category Archives: Illinois food

Adventures in Home Cooking: Horseshoe Sandwiches!


I haven’t had a chance to visit my lovely hometown of Springfield, IL in more than a year now, and I have long been craving its famous native dish: the horseshoe.  I had wanted to try making one myself ever since I saw it on Man V. Food and got more than little nostalgic for my hometown and its famous dish.   As mentioned in my earlier post, the Horseshoe sandwich is a dish that is limited almost exclusively to the relatively small city of Springfield.

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Hippos and Star wars cupcakes

We have been lax in our blog posts lately, but let me say that we have at least 3 posts in the works for the next few days.  Anyways on to the good stuff.  Friday night links are comin up…

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A horseshoe sandwich pictorial

Well I didn’t have any pics of my own when I first made the post about the Illinois delicacy the horseshoe sandwich .  My little sister back in Illinois told me she was going out for a horseshoe last night and she agreed to take a few pictures for the blog. 
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Beer, punk rocker wannabes, and jazz

Ok, this time around I am going to do a very different kind of post.  I am not looking at those beers that I consider to be my favorites, rather those that have a nostalgic value for me and which I have a specific set of memories attached to.  Now, I grew up in a household where beer and wine were a staple of everyday life.  Don’t get me wrong, nobody in my immediate family had a drinking problem, but we are a family who values a good glass of beer or a bottle of wine. 
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Dispatches from the land of cheese Pt 1: The Horseshoe

Looking out at the area surrounding Springfield, IL it is easy to forget there is anything around besides the endless acres of soybeans and corn.  Within this seemingly endless and  amazingly flat sea of corn and beans lies my hometown the capital of Illinois and the center of everything Abraham Lincoln related.    Not a bustling metropolis by any means at 100,000 people, this corn-rowed paradise still has its own original culinary creation: the horseshoe sandwich. All kidding aside, I am rather fond of my hometown, and I would die for a bar or restaurant in this area that could serve me a horseshoe.


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