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Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 12:00 am

Two books tell you how

 Our society is experiencing an epidemic of obesity and diabetes with the root cause of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance develops when we bombard our body all day long with sugar-containing
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Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 12:00 am
 There is a point every summer when my vegetable garden transitions from a state of scarcity to one of overabundance. My approach to meal planning shifts from “What do I have enough of to make
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Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 12:00 am

Fine dining the Montreal way

 I’ve long been a big fan of chef, writer and TV celebrity Anthony Bourdain. His bestselling book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, led to his career in television h
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Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 12:00 am
 I spent the summer between high school and college working as a maintenance man at a girls’ summer camp in Wisconsin. I was known as “Mr. Pete” and I shared the duties with a college stude
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Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:00 am

An indescribable yumminess

 I first encountered miso nearly four decades ago at a hole-in-the wall sushi restaurant in Chicago. It came in the form of a complimentary bowl of miso soup that preceded my sushi selections. I
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Friday, July 7, 2017 12:00 am
 About 10 years ago, I was camping at Summer Camp Music Festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe near Peoria. Summer Camp is a four-day event over Memorial Day weekend featuring over 100 ban
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Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:00 am
 My obsession with cooking outdoors over fire must have been carried forth in the DNA from my primal ancestors. Grilling adds depth and complexity to vegetables in a way that can’t be achieved
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Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00 am

Pad thai at home

 Thirty-four years ago I heard about a little coffee shop in the parking lot of a shabby motel on Springfield’s north side that had unlikely pairing of corndogs and Thai food on the menu. Even
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 am

Into the kitchen of one of Chicago’s best new restaurants

 I recognized the look. I see it every time I walk in the back door of a new restaurant. “I’m Peter, and I’m here to stage.” (A stage is an unpaid, short-term internship when a cook works
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Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:00 am
In 1970, when I was 17 years old, I bought a book entitled Living on the Earth by Alicia Bay Laurel. It was illustrated with beautiful line drawings and the text was handwritten in cursive. Alicia Bay

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