Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:01 am
 I have vivid memories of wandering through the thousands of tomato plants that were grown on my great-grandfather’s market farm. Lima beans were a delicacy in our family. When they were in sea...
Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:01 am

Menus for Bertha the Bus

 Four years ago I bought a school bus and named her Bertha. I removed all the seats and outfitted her with sleeping bunks, a restroom, a dining nook, and a small, but fully equipped kitchen. Bert...
Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:01 am
 “Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flakeOf the crea...
Thursday, March 3, 2016 12:01 am

Copper Pot Cooking Studio open house is March 6

In the process of going through my mother’s things after her death a month ago, a thought kept popping into my head: “I am nowhere near as interesting as my parents are.” That was until my fathe...
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 12:01 am

As time for cooking disappears, Blue Apron appears

 Cooking skills were once passed on from generation to generation through the oral tradition. The post-war years saw an increase in women working outside the home and an increasing reliance on co...
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 12:01 am

Fat Tuesday means gumbo

 I recently lost my wife (and Illinois Times food columnist), Julianne Glatz. When one loses his best friend of 45 years, the mother of his children, the Nana of his grandchildren, a tremendous v...
Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:23 am
“What I really miss are crispy things, chewy things,” sighs my sister-in-law. “Things like pizza or pancakes. Kris is a former model. Now in her 50s, she’s still drop-dead gorg...
Thursday, May 23, 2013 08:49 am
Serving grilled protein as a salad component has become commonplace lately. More often than not, though, it’s an afterthought or at best an add-on as in: “Caesar Salad…..Add a grill...
Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:04 am
For many Americans, ham is the traditional centerpiece of their Easter dinner. In other homes – ours included – it’s roast leg of lamb. Lamb’s natural association with spring m...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 02:54 am
They’re gone. Kaput. Fini. When the Hostess corporation, maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho’s, announced last November that it was filing for bankruptcy and closing its factories, the...

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