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Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:01 am

Into the kitchen of one of Chicago’s best new restaurants

 I recognized the look. I see it every time I walk in the back door of a new restaurant. “I’m Peter, and I’m here to stage.” (A stage is an unpaid, short-term internship when a cook works...
Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:01 am
 This weekend is the grand opening of the Old Capitol Farmers Market (OCFM), one of my favorite times of the year because it marks the return of our beloved Saturday morning market routine. The f...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:01 am
In 1970, when I was 17 years old, I bought a book entitled Living on the Earth by Alicia Bay Laurel. It was illustrated with beautiful line drawings and the text was handwritten in cursive. Alicia Bay...
Thursday, May 4, 2017 12:01 am

Putting food scraps to good use

 Approximately 40 percent of the food produced in the United States, approximately 133 billion pounds, will end up in the trash. That’s roughly equivalent to buying five bags of groceries, then...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:01 am

Doc cooks for Hard Working Americans

 I was in Montreal for my annual trip with my son Robb. We were in a quiet gallery in the Marc Chagall exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts when the loud call of a hunting horn emanated fr...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:11 am

Former insurance man Loren Shanle went from selling policies to pinot

 Loren Shanle is living the dream. Sell the business, move to the sunny coast, start a winery…except, he hasn’t moved to the sunny coast. He’s still in Rochester, accepting all four seasons...
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:01 am
 It’s rare these days to buy anything that will truly last 100 years, much less generations. Cast-iron cookware, when properly cared for, can last indefinitely. I have a set of cast-iron skille...
Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:01 am
 At the south end of the land that is now Panther Creek Country Club sits the historic 1860 Spaulding Orchard farmhouse, my home for the last 35 years. What was once one of Illinois’ largest ap...
Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:01 am
 Spring has sprung! Brightly colored bulb flowers are beginning to bloom and the cheeky chatter of songbirds fills the air. Winter is officially behind us. Unfortunately, the flu season has not c...
Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:01 am
 Diet fads and gimmicks generally don’t interest me. I’m immediately suspicious of any diet that suggests removal of an entire food group, and I tend to steer clear of low-fat or reduced-calo...

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