IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Mon, 23 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Aioli or eughhh? - A passion for mayonnaise http://illinoistimes.com/article-19900-aioli-or-eughhh.html Aioli or eughhh? - A passion for mayonnaise
 Increasingly, we seem to live in a world divided. Folks seem to fall firmly on one side of the proverbial fence or the other: conservatives versus liberals, paleo diet versus plant-based diet, C...]]>
Vegetable-forward cuisine - Vegetables make their way to the center of the plate http://illinoistimes.com/article-19888-vegetable-forward-cuisine.html Vegetable-forward cuisine - Vegetables make their way to the center of the plate
 Last month I was in St. Louis on an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon. I was sitting in the covered patio of Vicia, a new restaurant in the Central West End. Several of the window panels had be...]]>
Morel mushrooms http://illinoistimes.com/article-19848-morel-mushrooms.html Morel mushrooms
 Around mid-April, after the roaring March winds have yielded to the mild rains of spring, seemingly normal people begin to disappear into the woods. Young and old, they steal away to secret patc...]]>
Gonzo garbanzos - The power of chickpeas http://illinoistimes.com/article-19825-gonzo-garbanzos.html Gonzo garbanzos - The power of chickpeas
 It’s that time of year when I’ve about used up last fall’s winter squash in my basement and all of last summer’s vegetables from my freezer and I’m looking for meal planning inspiratio...]]>
Sauerkraut and sausages with a French accent http://illinoistimes.com/article-19802-sauerkraut-and-sausages-with-a-french-accent.html Sauerkraut and sausages with a French accent
 In my last IT column (Fermented Foods- March 1), I discussed the benefits of incorporating fermented foods into your dietary regimen and I included instruction on how to make Easy Homemade Sauer...]]>
A kid’s place is in the kitchen http://illinoistimes.com/article-19787-a-kid%25E2%2580%2599s-place-is-in-the-kitchen.html A kid’s place is in the kitchen
 Research shows that cooking from scratch and regularly sharing family dinner improves both physical and mental health in many ways. But there is one benefit of cooking at home that doesn’t get...]]>
Such a good feeling - Mr. Rogers and cooking for helpers http://illinoistimes.com/article-19751-such-a-good-feeling.html Such a good feeling - Mr. Rogers and cooking for helpers
 Old episodes of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” have been my daughter’s show of choice lately. And truthfully, I’ve enjoyed having this soft-spoken gentleman and his kind earnest words back...]]>
Fermented foods http://illinoistimes.com/article-19728-fermented-foods.html Fermented foods
 It is estimated that our body is composed of over 10 trillion cells; inhabiting our skin and respiratory passages and digestive systems are 10 times that number of bacteria. These bacteria are k...]]>
Comfort in a pan http://illinoistimes.com/article-19707-comfort-in-a-pan.html Comfort in a pan
 Casseroles mean comfort. Referring to both the type of recipe and the vessel it is cooked in, casseroles can do double duty as a side dish or main course when paired with a simple green salad. M...]]>
Good for the gut - Bone broth for what ails you http://illinoistimes.com/article-19683-good-for-the-gut.html Good for the gut - Bone broth for what ails you
All my life I’ve struggled with bouts of insomnia. When I was in college I had a Social Psychology lecture right after lunch. I remember very little about the content of the course, but I do remembe...]]>
Carp: If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em http://illinoistimes.com/article-19658-carp-if-you-can%25E2%2580%2599t-beat-%25E2%2580%2599em-eat-%25E2%2580%2599em.html Carp: If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em
 They say that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. Likewise, when invasive fish take over the waterways in more than half of U.S. states, threatening the native ecologies and vi...]]>
Cold weather comfort - Pot-au-feu will get you through http://illinoistimes.com/article-19646-cold-weather-comfort.html Cold weather comfort - Pot-au-feu will get you through
I love cooking outdoors, even in winter. The aromas of roasting meat and wood smoke intermingling in the crisp, cold air call out to me and awaken my appetite.  Recently, however, the prolonged c...]]>
My face-off with Instant Pot http://illinoistimes.com/article-19614-my-face-off-with-instant-pot.html My face-off with Instant Pot
 I’m not one for single-use kitchen appliances or gadgets. Bread makers take up too much space, and generally I’m not a fan of slow cookers. They’re fine for making broth or reheating soup,...]]>
What is real food? - Don’t ask Dr. Kellogg http://illinoistimes.com/article-19585-what-is-real-food.html What is real food? - Don’t ask Dr. Kellogg
 Fifteen years ago, when my wife began thinking about teaching cooking classes, she asked me to help her come up with a name for her new cooking school. I asked her what she wanted to accomplish....]]>
A date to change your life http://illinoistimes.com/article-19565-a-date-to-change-your-life.html A date to change your life
 Growing up, I had a wealthy, eccentric great- aunt whom I’d never met. She was a widow who lived with her eight Yorkshire Terriers in a pink mansion on the beach in Malibu. According to my gra...]]>
Pimp your veggies! http://illinoistimes.com/article-19540-pimp-your-veggies_.html Pimp your veggies!
Every morning as the clock approaches 7 a.m. the folks in my CrossFit gym cluster in little groups to socialize for a few minutes before the workout begins. I hang out with the Fasters. We are the one...]]>
Make a hit with holiday hors d’oeuvres http://illinoistimes.com/article-19487-make-a-hit-with-holiday-hors-d%25E2%2580%2599oeuvres.html Make a hit with holiday hors d’oeuvres
 Looking for fresh, seasonal flavors that will add some variety to this year’s holiday soirée? These are a few of my favorite party recipes that are either very quick to prepare or can be made...]]>
Start a new tradition - How Scotch eggs rescued me from a fight http://illinoistimes.com/article-19452-start-a-new-tradition.html Start a new tradition - 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;...]]>
Roast chicken like the royals http://illinoistimes.com/article-19425-roast-chicken-like-the-royals.html Roast chicken like the royals
 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...]]>
Edible treats for holiday giving http://illinoistimes.com/article-19403-edible-treats-for-holiday-giving.html Edible treats for holiday giving
 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...]]>
The after-turkey sandwich worth waiting for - Banh mi takes leftovers to a whole new level http://illinoistimes.com/article-19387-the-after-turkey-sandwich-worth-waiting-for.html The after-turkey sandwich worth waiting for - 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...]]>
What on earth is a Dutch Baby? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19337-what-on-earth-is-a-dutch-baby.html What on earth is a Dutch Baby?
 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....]]>
Giving eggs their due http://illinoistimes.com/article-19255-giving-eggs-their-due.html Giving eggs their due
 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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What’s a cucurbit? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19244-what%25E2%2580%2599s-a-cucurbit.html What’s a cucurbit?
 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...]]>
Bread 101 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19208-bread-101.html Bread 101
 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...]]>
Weeknight curry in a hurry http://illinoistimes.com/article-19181-weeknight-curry-in-a-hurry.html Weeknight curry in a hurry
 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 �...]]>
Fall harvest feasts - Step away from the box http://illinoistimes.com/article-19169-fall-harvest-feasts.html Fall harvest feasts - 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...]]>
Getting back into the kitchen - Two books tell you how http://illinoistimes.com/article-19124-getting-back-into-the-kitchen.html Getting back into the kitchen - 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...]]>
That homemade cake life - Step away from the box http://illinoistimes.com/article-19104-that-homemade-cake-life.html That homemade cake life - Step away from the box
 For centuries people have made cakes to mark special occasions. These confections have evolved from rough, yeast-leavened cakes made by Romans to more elaborate, layered pastries created by 16th...]]>
It’s zucchini time! http://illinoistimes.com/article-19067-it%25E2%2580%2599s-zucchini-time_.html It’s zucchini time!
 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 ...]]>