IllinoisTimes - Kitchen Witch http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-31-1-kitchen-witch.html Tue, 30 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Come fry with me - Here’s how to make chicken like a true Southerner http://illinoistimes.com/article-4916-come-fry-with-me.html Come fry with me - Here’s how to make chicken like a true Southerner
Untitled Document As a kid from up North, I have long held a romantic notion that if you grew up in the South, you spent your summers sitting under a willowy tree wi...]]>
Grape-leaf group therapy - Preparing these delectable treats can be a fun group effort http://illinoistimes.com/article-4884-grape-leaf-group-therapy.html Grape-leaf group therapy - Preparing these delectable treats can be a fun group effort
Untitled Document Stuffed grape leaves are heady little treats, but we rarely think about making them ourselves. They seem too exotic and complicated for home chow, b...]]>
Get more from your mash - Here’s a recipe for a potato pie that’s gone to heaven http://illinoistimes.com/article-4881-get-more-from-your-mash.html Get more from your mash - Here’s a recipe for a potato pie that’s gone to heaven
Untitled Document The girlfriend of a mashed-potato lover somewhere in the great online beyond needed culinary counsel. They’re in a “mixed” relatio...]]>
Recipe for a crumb-y morning - Take your <i>streusel</i> memories out of the vault http://illinoistimes.com/article-4857-recipe-for-a-crumb-y-morning.html Recipe for a crumb-y morning - Take your streusel memories out of the vault
Untitled Document Jersey, New York, Philly, Baltimore — they all know about the crumb bun. A yeasty sweet roll with a streuselly topping, the crumb bun is a min...]]>
Fish Fridays, Thai-style - Lent doesn’t have to mean fish sticks http://illinoistimes.com/article-4836-fish-fridays-thai-style.html Fish Fridays, Thai-style - Lent doesn’t have to mean fish sticks
Untitled Document I think I’ve figured out why so many fish eaters consider themselves vegetarians. It’s a Catholic thing, y’all. Lent &#8212...]]>
Be my velvet Valentine - Here’s a sexy dessert that’s like hotpants and white go-go boots http://illinoistimes.com/article-4829-be-my-velvet-valentine.html Be my velvet Valentine - Here’s a sexy dessert that’s like hotpants and white go-go boots
Untitled Document Tea for two needs cake. So do Grandma, your pals from work, and all of the other lonely hearts sticking out their tongues at this lovers-only holiday. With or...]]>
Southern biscuits for a Yankee girl - Fix a batch of hot crusty buttermilk taste explosions http://illinoistimes.com/article-4547-southern-biscuits-for-a-yankee-girl.html Southern biscuits for a Yankee girl - Fix a batch of hot crusty buttermilk taste explosions
Untitled Document Dear Scott Peacock, You and I have known each other for many years without ever having met. We’ve got mutual friends and associates ...]]>
Bacon and eggs for dinner - Whip up some spaghetti alla Carbonara http://illinoistimes.com/article-4795-bacon-and-eggs-for-dinner.html Bacon and eggs for dinner - Whip up some spaghetti alla Carbonara
Untitled Document Hello, my name is Kim and I’m a bacon-holic. For a cook who prides herself on mindful moderation, this is a difficult culinary confession. No other come...]]>
Full-circle mush - Make polenta with a spicy tomato sauce http://illinoistimes.com/article-4775-full-circle-mush.html Full-circle mush - Make polenta with a spicy tomato sauce
Untitled Document This is a story about mush. As a kid up north, where breakfast was two eggs any style, toast, and hash browns, I knew little about mush (unless you count ...]]>
Cranky for curry - Here’s a kitchen substitute for Zoloft on a gloomy winter day http://illinoistimes.com/article-4758-cranky-for-curry.html Cranky for curry - Here’s a kitchen substitute for Zoloft on a gloomy winter day
Untitled Document It’s a new year, and everybody on cable television says I should feel bright and shiny like a brand-new penny or a twinkly star, full of deter...]]>
Now eat your greens - Give your full attention to roots and crucifers http://illinoistimes.com/article-4719-now-eat-your-greens.html Now eat your greens - Give your full attention to roots and crucifers
Untitled Document It’s time to press the restart button on our bodies, our minds, ourselves. Although I’m not one to declare weight-loss resolutions for the new year,...]]>
Exhilarating elixir-ing - Pineapple juice concoction will help revive just about anyone http://illinoistimes.com/article-4706-exhilarating-elixir-ing.html Exhilarating elixir-ing - Pineapple juice concoction will help revive just about anyone
Untitled Document The dawn of a new year is an invitation for purging, letting go, detoxifying on all levels. If you’re like me, you’ve probably had your holiday land...]]>
Get lucky this New Year’s Day - Here’s how to make traditional Hoppin’ John http://illinoistimes.com/article-4699-get-lucky-this-new-year%25C2%2592s-day.html Get lucky this New Year’s Day - Here’s how to make traditional Hoppin’ John
Untitled Document Even this gal, born and raised north of the Mason-Dixon Line, knows that Hoppin’ John rules when it comes to New Year’s Day traditions. You can&#821...]]>
Nuts in a bind - Take 20 minutes to whip up a quickie holiday treat http://illinoistimes.com/article-4668-nuts-in-a-bind.html Nuts in a bind - Take 20 minutes to whip up a quickie holiday treat
Untitled Document Inevitably during the holiday season with all of its twists, turns, and stress galore — something goes wrong in the kitchen. Even worse, you...]]>
Winter-wonderland fare - Everybody wants cocoa and cookies, especially Santa http://illinoistimes.com/article-4659-winter-wonderland-fare.html Winter-wonderland fare - Everybody wants cocoa and cookies, especially Santa
Untitled Document I’m always a little slow waking up to the holidays. If it weren’t for Rudolph, Cindy Lou Who, and Winter Warlock, my cartoon friends...]]>
Mmmm . . . pancakey - When breakfast is inspired by <i>Pee-Wee’s Playhouse</i> http://illinoistimes.com/article-4635-mmmm-pancakey.html Mmmm . . . pancakey - When breakfast is inspired by Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
Untitled Document We were four undergrad gals in the mid-’80s, sharing a three-bedroom apartment while studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah introduced me to co...]]>
When suckers were good - How to make a delicious lollipop http://illinoistimes.com/article-4609-when-suckers-were-good.html When suckers were good - How to make a delicious lollipop
Untitled Document Before the amazing, revolutionizing automated teller machine, America went to the bank to do its business. Every week, like clockwork, for deposits and withdraw...]]>
Have your pie and celiac, too - A recipe for those with an inability to digest gluten http://illinoistimes.com/article-4601-have-your-pie-and-celiac-too.html Have your pie and celiac, too - A recipe for those with an inability to digest gluten
Untitled Document The carb train has just pulled into town, making all local stops along the holiday highway until New Year’s Day. For many of us, the next six weeks are mo...]]>
Fruitcake: the sequel - Tickle your nose and your tongue by taking the time http://illinoistimes.com/article-4581-fruitcake-the-sequel.html Fruitcake: the sequel - Tickle your nose and your tongue by taking the time
Untitled Document Last week, I shared details for macerating dried fruit in a boozy bath as step one of my inaugural fruitcake-making adventure. As I had hoped, the fruit transfo...]]>
Hey, chick: Take it all off! - Roasting a bird should be in every cook’s repertoire http://illinoistimes.com/article-4553-hey-chick-take-it-all-off_.html Hey, chick: Take it all off! - Roasting a bird should be in every cook’s repertoire
Untitled Document The roast chicken is a common culinary conundrum — it’s the “See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya” item in a beginner cook’s reper...]]>
Love potion - Make a fruitcake that’s actually good to eat http://illinoistimes.com/article-4563-love-potion.html Love potion - Make a fruitcake that’s actually good to eat
Untitled Document I suppose you’re thinking that with a name like Kitchen Witch I would have been busy boiling up something in my cauldron in honor of the recent All Hallow...]]>
The green part sure yam good - Paying tribute to the sweet potato with a couple recipes http://illinoistimes.com/article-4544-the-green-part-sure-yam-good.html The green part sure yam good - Paying tribute to the sweet potato with a couple recipes
Untitled Document Savvy cooks with a mind for dollars and cents know how valuable it is to save, reuse, and recycle — but I’m not talking about paper and plastic. One...]]>
Crunch bunch - One Red Delicious can spoil the barrel for apple lovers http://illinoistimes.com/article-4518-crunch-bunch.html Crunch bunch - One Red Delicious can spoil the barrel for apple lovers
Untitled Document Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like apples? They’re hard to come by, these genetic anomalies. When I found out that my boss was one of those p...]]>
Crunch bunch - One Red Delicious can spoil the barrel for apple lovers http://illinoistimes.com/article-4519-crunch-bunch.html Crunch bunch - One Red Delicious can spoil the barrel for apple lovers
Untitled Document Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t like apples? They’re hard to come by, these genetic anomalies. When I found out that my boss was one of those p...]]>
Bargain roasting - Things to do with late-season tomatoes http://illinoistimes.com/article-4488-bargain-roasting.html Bargain roasting - Things to do with late-season tomatoes
Untitled Document I recently hit the produce jackpot at my local farmers’ market. So what if I didn’t know what I’d do with an 18-pound box of tomatoes? I had j...]]>
Summer’s last stew - These are strange times for those who like to eat seasonally http://illinoistimes.com/article-4474-summer%25C2%2592s-last-stew.html Summer’s last stew - These are strange times for those who like to eat seasonally
Untitled Document The calendar says October, which, in theory, means that autumn is here. What Mother Nature does, as she makes the transition from sandals to boots, is another s...]]>
Squash me all fall long - Whip up some impromptu winter squash soup http://illinoistimes.com/article-4453-squash-me-all-fall-long.html Squash me all fall long - Whip up some impromptu winter squash soup
Untitled Document With autumn officially underway, I have to be a big girl and let go of my melons. I must blow a kiss goodbye to my tomato lovers, my peach darlings, my curvaceo...]]>
In a pickle - We of the instant-presto generation know nothing http://illinoistimes.com/article-4421-in-a-pickle.html In a pickle - We of the instant-presto generation know nothing
Untitled Document Home canning has been on my to-do list for several years, and this summer, at long last, my wish came true. While on vacation in Seattle last month, two girlfri...]]>
Tricks are for cooks - It’s never too late to learn new shortcuts in the kitchen http://illinoistimes.com/article-4413-tricks-are-for-cooks.html Tricks are for cooks - It’s never too late to learn new shortcuts in the kitchen
Untitled Document Time flies when you’re chopping chives; this year makes 10 since I received my blue-ribbon diploma from cooking school. It was there that I learned, among...]]>
Beer cake! - Make a luscious chocolate cake with Guinness http://illinoistimes.com/article-4393-beer-cake_.html Beer cake! - Make a luscious chocolate cake with Guinness
Untitled Document “Homemade layer cakes seem to have gone the way of the spotted owl,” writes Seattle-area chef Greg Atkinson in his book West Coast Cooking. I...]]>