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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Aug 14, 2019. 20 comments

Savory popsicles... can it work?

Savory popsicles... can it work?
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

In my last piece, which was about how I can use up a gallon of ranch dressing (I am never going to live that one down), one of the suggestions offered after the fact was... a ranch popsicle. Because I am a culinary degenerate and all-purpose clown-around-town, it did get me thinking. I prefer savory foods over sweet...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee May 21, 2019. 18 comments

I am just a man, cooking my way through a gallon of ranch dressing

I am just a man, cooking my way through a gallon of ranch dressing
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

The headline explains it: I recently procured an entire gallon of ranch dressing . Half of you reading that sentence either gagged or lit up with pure, unadulterated delight. I’m not going to tell you who I mugged to get the gallon of ranch, but it’s been sitting in my refrigerator’s crisper drawer, which was the only place...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Mar 07, 2019. 15 comments

How to put Korean wing sauce on (almost) everything

How to put Korean wing sauce on (almost) everything
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

Not too long ago, Takeout editor Kevin Pang sang a loving ode to lollipopped chicken wings . My favorite variation of lollipopped chicken wings, however, is the Korean variety, kanpoongi (though I am highly biased as a Korean-American ). And if you’ve ever had them, you’ll find that the sauce is just as big a part of the...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Jan 08, 2019. 24 comments

Let’s make Shrimp Scampi with Papa John’s garlic sauce

Let’s make Shrimp Scampi with Papa John’s garlic sauce

Back when I wrote How To Conquer Red Lobster’s Endless Shrimp , I tackled strategies for handling vulgar amounts of food. But there was one particular comment that caught my eye:

Shrimp scampi? Papa John’s garlic sauce? I had to make this. Thanks, commenters. I owe you one.

As I’ve mentioned more than a few times, I’m a pizza maker by trade ; I make wood-fired pizza and Detroit-style pizza...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Nov 07, 2018. 20 comments

How to conquer Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp

How to conquer Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

Endless Shrimp at Red Lobster should be considered a national holiday. If you’ve never been to this glorious celebration of crustacean gluttony, you better run over to one right now. It’s $15.99 for all you can eat. No strings attached. One or 100. It’ll be over on November 18, so you don’t have too much time left. Live...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Oct 29, 2018. 23 comments

Let's make a fried BBBRRRAAAIIINNNSSS sandwich

Let's make a fried BBBRRRAAAIIINNNSSS sandwich

As some of you know, I am capable of eating pretty much anything in front of me. I once tried juicing an entire surf ‘n’ turf dinner into one smoothie (do not do this), and I tasted a bunch of glue sticks to see if I liked any. It’s a wonder I’m still alive. And as a cook , I love the challenge of messing around with ingredients just to see if I can make techniques work, like the Flamin’ Hot...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Oct 22, 2018. 19 comments

Pop culture: A guide to Korean soft drinks

Pop culture: A guide to Korean soft drinks
DrinkeryDrinkery is The Takeout's celebration of beer, liquor, coffee, and other potent potables.  

I’m not an avid soda or juice drinker, but I’ll be damned if I don’t love browsing the soft drink aisle of the Korean supermarket. There’s so much to examine and try, plus I find something about soft drinks that feels directly connected to the colorful pop culture of a place (pun intended).

Now...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Jul 27, 2018. 16 comments

How to quickly DIY a pizza with whatever's in your kitchen

How to quickly DIY a pizza with whatever's in your kitchen
FeaturesStories from The Takeout about food, drink, and how we live.  

One of the best things about pizza is how easy it is to throw together if you’ve got the basics in your pantry. Don’t get me wrong—I love frozen pizza (shoutout to Home Run Inn!), but making fresh pizza with ingredients you already have in your cupboard tastes a lot better. Plus, it takes about the same amount of time, if...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Jun 06, 2018. 18 comments

I tried very hard to cook with Flamin' Hot Cheetos

I tried very hard to cook with Flamin' Hot Cheetos

I was 11 when Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were introduced to the world (they came out in 1992), and since then my fingers have permanently been stained red. Twenty-six years later, I still buy a bag now and then. The only reason I don’t buy them more often is because they disappear into my mouth hole so quickly.

My day job as a pizza maker keeps me on my toes—and it exercises my recipe development...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Feb 27, 2018. 23 comments

Raising Cane's serves a more-than-able chicken finger

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I’d never heard of Raising Cane’s until I visited my girlfriend out in Las Vegas, where she lived at the time. She seemed baffled that I’d never even heard of the place, since I’m such an insufferable food nerd. But back in 2016, there weren’t any remotely near Chicago where I live. So we went, gloriously hungover, considering when you’re in Las Vegas you’re permanently hungover.

Raising...

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Dennis Lee Dennis Lee Jan 16, 2018. 20 comments

The Takeout's guide to eating Korean food like a Korean

The Takeout&#39;s guide to eating Korean food like a Korean

These days, Korean food is pretty much everywhere. But it still surprises me how many of my acquaintances have admitted they don’t visit Korean restaurants because they’re afraid they’ll look like they don’t know what they’re doing.

But that’s no reason not to go. The easiest solution is to bring someone who’s had plenty of Korean food, preferably one who speaks conversational Korean (my Korean...

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