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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 12:01 am
 ’Tis the season for braising! This hands-off cooking method, in which foods are covered and slow-cooked at a lower temperature with a small amount of liquid, transforms tough, cheaper cuts of...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:01 am

An outcast earns its place at the table

 In his book Dave Barry’s Bad Habits, humorist Dave Barry describes his mother’s approach to a balanced diet: “For every food she served you that you could stand to eat, she served you anot...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 12:01 am
 Lately I really just want to hit the pause button on life, on the world – hole up in my house for several days straight, and make yummy food. Decadent food, holiday food. Unfortunately, no suc...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 12:01 am
 Many of us dream of hosting a Rockwell-esque Thanksgiving. Happy children playing board games as they patiently await dinner, contented guests allowing the host to calmly finish up the meal, gla...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 12:01 am

Hearty, tasty, nutritious and easy

 My father was of Austro-Hungarian descent so when I was a kid growing up in the 50s and 60s, we enjoyed goulash the way folks around here enjoy chili. Goulash is a beef stew seasoned with carawa...
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 12:01 am
 There is a certain type of satisfaction that comes from cooking a pot of beans from scratch. I always catch myself meditatively stirring at some point in the process, once again amazed that a $1...
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 12:01 am

Halloween enthusiasm gone amok

 There comes a point when creativity and enthusiasm go too far. This week’s recipe, reprinted from an article written by my late wife, Julianne Glatz, in 2014, is an example of something that m...
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 12:01 am

Recipes for America’s favorite cucurbit

  America has been a bit obsessed with all things pumpkin since Starbucks debuted their Pumpkin Spice latte in 2003. Since then pumpkin spice flavor has found its way into everything from be...
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 12:01 am

Making Siu Mai: easy Chinese dumplings

 If you ever get into a food discussion with my children, ask them to tell you about the time their mother (and longtime Illinois Times food writer) Julianne took them to a dim sum restaurant and...
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 12:01 am

We can raise money without sacrificing health

 It’s fundraising season again. Kids are returning home from school with cookie dough and popcorn order forms, and churches and community groups are gearing up for their annual holiday bake sal...

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