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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 12:01 am

Recalling Nixon, being with John Malkovich and a grand party

 The passage of the Civil Right’s Act 50 summers ago has gotten lots of media attention this year, and rightly so. But there’s been little – at least that I’ve heard – of the 40th anniv...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 Most of my summer desserts focus on seasonal fruits at their succulently flavorful peak: berries, melons, peaches, nectarines and plums bought at farmers markets and roadside stands. But tropica...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 am
It was the lodestone of my childhood summers. The Illinois State Fair was something I looked forward to almost as soon as the previous year’s fair ended. But after our annual Fourth of July picnic,...
Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:01 am
 It’s been a wonderful few days with my visiting veg-heads, oldest daughter Anne and grandson Robbie. Their visit is half over, and already I’m thinking about how much I’ll miss them. Truth...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am
 By the time you read this, they’ll be here, my oldest daughter, Anne, and 3 1/2-year-old grandson Robbie. Since Robbie came into our lives, we’ve visited back and forth frequently. But for t...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:01 am
 Not so long ago, almost every family – rich and poor, country and city dwellers – preserved much of their own food. From late summer until first frost, kitchens were even more a beehive of a...
Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:01 am
 Are there any sights, sounds and smells more evocative of a Midwest summer than those of fresh corn on the cob waiting to be shucked? The leaves are still crisp and green; the aroma’s corny an...
Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:01 am
 Back when I gave cooking classes, one of the most popular was “Demystifying Pie.” While it explored different fillings from savory to sweet, the main emphasis was the crust: pie pastry, aka...
Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:01 am
 “It kills me that the folks who freak out over ‘illegal immigrants streaming over the border to steal American jobs’ are often the same folks who love $0.99 boxes of strawberries …. Don�...
Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:01 am

What’s in a name?

 They’re cheap. They’re ecologically sustainable. They’re über-nutritious: low in calories, but high in protein, antioxidant minerals and several B vitamins. They take only minutes – som...

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