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Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:01 am
 Supper clubs. They’re a blast from the past that are struggling to compete with national chain restaurants even as they’re experiencing a renaissance with a resurgence of customers that love...
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 12:01 am
 I’m addicted to farmers markets. (Is there a 12-step program for that?) Season allowing, they’re high on my must-visit list wherever I travel. In Mediterranean countries the most fascinating...
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 12:01 am
 Seasonal desserts have always been warm weather milestones. In spring, there’s rhubarb pie – so delicious that rhubarb itself was called “pie plant” in earlier times. And, of course, str...
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 12:01 am
 Ratatouille got me my first new kitchen floor. I’m not talking about the 2007 Disney movie but the classic French vegetable stew (pronounced ra-ta-TOO-ee) that gave the movie its name. We’d...
Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 12:01 am
 “I know you’re not an elitist,” my husband, Peter, said. “But do you ever worry that you come across that way to readers?” Peter’s question arose from a conversation he’d had with...
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 12:25 am
 Savory: (sā'væ-rē)(In the world of cuisine) food belonging to the category that is salty and spicy rather than sweet. [i.e. not sweet]Both of these recipes can be a delicious main course or...
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 12:01 am

Why it’s important to keep on coming

 It’s a scene that remains crystal clear from my produce farm (aka truck garden) days.It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it was stormy that entire summer. Most fields had to be replanted...
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 12:01 am
 “Hi, Mom! Hey, how much do chicken wings cost at the store? Some guys are coming over tonight to play cards, and I want to make hot wings. I’m going to have to get them at the groc...
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 12:01 am
 In June I ate a multi-course meal at Niche, one of St. Louis’ most highly acclaimed and innovative restaurants. Each course was beautifully presented, some components having been delicately pl...
Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:01 am
 “This is incredible,” I said to Lindsay Record. Record has long been a driving force in the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA), a primary proponent of local, sustainable farming. I’d call...


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