027 Tarts

Friday, November 27th, 2009

There is a bakery in Albany Park, nestled between a linen store and a children’s clothing store. It has a closed sign hanging in the door, but the lights are on. If you try the door, you’ll find it unlocked and will be able to enter. The baked goods are reason enough to visit this […]

023 Fish And Colds

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Congestion of the head and chest is a common complaint in the Mid West, in the winter. There is a little known but very effective, if slightly difficult, cure. One must catch a fish from the River and bring it, still alive, to the afflicted person. At this point, the afflicted person must exhale three […]

022 Vermin

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Chicago is a city of large, old buildings. Large, old buildings attract various vermin. To rid your pantry of cockroaches, the following are effective: 1) lay a fine, powdery coating of boric acid along cracks, corners, and crevices 2) crumble several dried bay leaves in a bit of nylon to create a sachet, and leave […]

019 Onions

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

It is an old folk remedy: when someone in the household is ill with flu, place a cut up onion in a crockery dish near their bed. Refresh the onion as it shrivels or dries. This will lessen the severity of the illness in those afflicted, and prevent the spread of the ailment to others […]