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Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:01 am
 A week after my wife, Julianne, died, I received an invitation to have lunch from her editor at Illinois Times, Fletcher Farrar. It was at this meeting that he brought up the possibility of my d...
Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:01 am
 “Are you going to make deviled eggs?”This is the question my grandmother asks every time I tell her I’m preparing food to take on a road trip. “They’re just so good to take in the car....
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:01 am

In a backroom attached to a convenience store, a young chef offers promising taste adventures

 I slow my car to 25 mph as I drive into New Berlin. I’m on a mission to check out rumors about a young chef who is serving amazing food in the back of a gas station.I first heard the buzz abou...
Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:01 pm

Historic nearby mill offers grains of all types

 Earlier this month I was searching out local ingredients to include on the menu for a fundraising dinner. I was surprised to learn that Hodgson Mill is located in Effingham, just 75 miles southe...
Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:01 am

Vegetable-packed and protein-rich nutrition

Every year Food & Wine magazine devotes its July issue to the “Best New Chefs in America.” This prestigious list is the result of a months-long selection process based on nominations from food...
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 am

Vegetable-packed and protein-rich nutrition

 With the warm summer weather comes weekend cookouts and busy schedules. These hearty vegetable-packed and protein-rich salads keep in the fridge for up to five days and are perfect for light wee...
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:01 am

My dining adventures from around the world

 My most memorable dining experiences have ranged from the bizarre to the sublime. When I travel, I try to seek out and immerse myself in the local food and music culture. What makes a meal memor...
Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:01 am
 Of all the plants in my vegetable garden, I have a special fondness for Swiss chard. Unlike asparagus, which makes an early spring appearance and then quietly goes to seed, or Brussels sprouts,...
Thursday, May 26, 2016 12:01 am

Many people just don’t know what to do with fresh food

 There are a lot of things about cooking that makes it hard. I try to be very conscious of not calling recipes or menu plans “easy,” because they never really are. Even the simplest recipe is...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 12:01 am
 The first farmers market day is one of my favorite days of the year.  For me it signifies that summer has finally arrived. The glorious, slightly wild flavors of the market’s first few we...

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