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Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:01 am

Fat Tuesday means gumbo

 I recently lost my wife (and Illinois Times food columnist), Julianne Glatz. When one loses his best friend of 45 years, the mother of his children, the Nana of his grandchildren, a tremendous v...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 12:01 am

Something sappy

 Drip, drip, drip . . . It was mid February. After a long, cold winter, it was the first day that hinted spring was on the way. Drip, drip, drip . . . It had been below freezing overnight, but by...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 12:01 am
 When my Illinois Times colleague David Hine asked if I would devote a column to chilli in advance of the Super Bowl, my response was, “Sure, as long as I can spell it with two lls.” But trut...
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 12:01 am
 I’ve written more than once about my long-term dislike of cold cereals. Well, not actually (some) cereals as such, but the concept of putting it into a bowl with milk. The first bites aren’t...
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 12:01 am
 Athens: A ham-and-bean supper will be held at Athens United Methodist Church on Friday, September 13… Decades later, it still makes me laugh. I was in third or fourth grade at what was th...
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 12:01 am
 It happens every January. After the indulgence of the holidays, I crave lighter meals. But when January’s frigid temperatures, bone-chilling winds, freezing rain, sleet and snow hit I equally ...
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 12:06 am
 I’ve long been ambivalent about New Year’s Eve celebrations. My parents and grandparents always threw a party, but it was far from a drunken debacle. To the best of my knowledge, alcohol was...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015 12:01 am

Muslim sweets for holiday treats

 “I know Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas, but…” I said. “Actually, we do,” replied Ali Nizamuddin. Of course. I’d forgotten that Islam teaches that Jews, Christians and Muslims ar...
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 12:01 am
 It’s a big deal for any wine from anywhere in the world to get a 90-point rating from respected wine publications or organizations. For a central Illinois wine to receive a 90-point rating is ...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 12:01 am
 Desserts that include infusions of alcohol have been traditional for centuries. Perhaps because historically, celebrations were rare occasions for bountiful food, especially sweets and strong dr...

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