Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 12:01 am

How Scotch eggs rescued me from a fight

 Most of the foods that show up every year on my family’s holiday table have origins in the culinary practices of our past generations. Our holiday table has never been a forum for innovation;...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 12:01 am
 The news last week of Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle was a welcome break in a typically tenuous news cycle. During the interview in which they officially announced their engagement...
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 12:01 am
 If you were to close your eyes and envision a perfect celebratory winter holiday gathering, what would it look like?  What are the traditions of your family? What are your cherished holiday...
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 12:01 am

Banh mi takes leftovers to a whole new level

 Sitting around the Thanksgiving table each year, watching my family tuck into their turkey and dressing, I’m usually content to just sip Champagne and nibble on some veggies. Maybe I’ll have...
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 12:01 am
 Recently I spent a week visiting a good friend and her husband, who happens to be Dutch. One morning he asked if we’d like Dutch pancakes for breakfast. “Ooh, like a Dutch Baby?” I asked....
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:01 am
 Eggs have had a tumultuous history in American cuisine. Much maligned in years past by well-meaning health professionals due to their high cholesterol content, eggs are now making a comeback.
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Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:01 am
 While attending one of Urbana’s Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery’s Farm To Table Dinners, I asked owner Leslie Cooperband if I could “stage” (work as an unpaid apprentice) for one of the...
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:01 am
 Bread and I have always had a tenuous relationship. I had dreams of crusty artisan loaves and soft, pillowy rolls, but at a certain point, every attempt produced leaden bricks. It wasn’t until...
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:01 am
 The premature death of my wife due to complications of obesity was a loud wake-up call for me. At the time of her death I, too, was obese, weighing 236 pounds and having to buy my clothes at a �...
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 12:01 am

Step away from the box

 School is back in session and pumpkin spice has started to infiltrate our subconscious, but our local farmers are still out in the fields weeding, watering, harvesting and even planting new crop...

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