Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:01 am

There’s nothing like fresh olives and EVOO

 It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in our family. My daughter has loved olives since she was a baby. The only time I ever had to simply abandon my shopping cart and remove my wa...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 12:01 am

How one man brought fresh salmon to Illinois

 Fish can be a beneficial component of a healthy diet. Fish are the major sources of long-chain omega-3 fats, are high in protein and low in saturated fat. Evidence suggests that eating fish or t...
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 12:01 am

Sports drinks can be harmful

 There are few things that one can do to have an immediate and positive impact on one’s health. Increasing physical activity and changing one’s diet are critical steps in improving overall he...
Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 12:01 am
 It seems that of late my life’s journey has been taking some pretty unexpected turns. The latest fork in the road has me rolling down a hilly two-lane highway in Bertha Bus, my kitchen on whee...
Thursday, July 28, 2016 12:01 am
 It’s hot outside and, as much as I love to cook, these days I will do almost anything to avoid turning on my stove. Here are some of my favorite tips for eating real while keeping cool. Stocki...
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...

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