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Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:01 am

Pad thai at home

 Thirty-four years ago I heard about a little coffee shop in the parking lot of a shabby motel on Springfield’s north side that had unlikely pairing of corndogs and Thai food on the menu. Even ...
Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:01 am
 It’s been a busy few weeks. For a while now my daily agenda has felt full to bursting on a regular basis, and I find myself yearning for a little TLC. The healthful surge of energy that accomp...
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...

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