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Thursday, June 1, 2006 04:41 am

Why must we turn to the same cuts of cow every time?

As summer makes its debut, cowboy wannabes across America are pulling out their grills, great and small, for a season of smoke, fire, and, alas, the same old underwhelming steaks. Wh...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 09:50 am

Preparing grilled asparagus and chocolate-covered strawberries

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise, but somehow it always does. The first seasonal local produce arrives, and the intensity of its flavor shows us just what pale substitutes weR...
Thursday, May 25, 2006 01:54 pm

Too many people have no idea what real food tastes like

My kids tell me I’m a food snob, and it’s an accusation to which I cheerfully plead guilty. But my snobbishness isn’t about exotic ingredients or fancy preparations —...
Thursday, May 25, 2006 09:49 am

A bowl of beans and rice is hearty, healthy — and cheap

It was the summer of 1988, and it was stinking hot in Philadelphia. My pal El and I were brand-spanking-new college graduates and had no idea what we wanted to be when we grew up. Although w...
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005 02:58 pm

Varieties for every taste available at area orchards

We marked the first day of autumn just last week, but plenty of signs of the new season have been appearing — not the least of which the fact that the local Starbucks is featuring pump...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 03:51 am

New location, but it's still packed and the food's delicious

My friend Joyce, who now lives in Dallas, recently requested two food items during a visit to her hometown of Springfield: a Vose’s corn dog and a D’Arcy’s ...
Friday, Sept. 16, 2005 05:32 am

Dining in and around Springfield

Springfield offers dozens of places to grab a bite — from hot dogs on a stick to Eurasian bistros. Sure, we have all your favorite chain restaurants, but there are plenty of places t...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 01:57 am

Thai coffee, chocolate-covered berries, and fried cheesecake are among new state fair fare

Whether you see the Illinois State Fair as a dieter’s nightmare or a junk food lover’s dream, there’s no denying that it’s one of the few Springfield events to offer ...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005 08:32 am

Cheesecake debuts in the deep fryer

Just when I thought it was safe to go back to the Illinois State Fair — the food extravaganza featuring all things fried and served on a stick — comes a new concoction that will ...
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005 02:58 pm

Three best bets for hot dogs in the capital city

Hot dogs may just be the easiest, most accessible food around. Think about it: They’re one of a few foods sold and eaten just about everywhere, from discount and hardware stores to ...


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