IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Sun, 26 Jun 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 In the kitchen at Chicago’s Elizabeth - Vegetable-packed and protein-rich nutrition http://illinoistimes.com/article-17363-in-the-kitchen-at-chicago%25E2%2580%2599s-elizabeth.html In the kitchen at Chicago’s Elizabeth - 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...]]>
Hearty grain salads for summer - Vegetable-packed and protein-rich nutrition http://illinoistimes.com/article-17349-hearty-grain-salads-for-summer.html Hearty grain salads for summer - Vegetable-packed and protein-rich nutrition
 With the warm summer weather comes weekend cookouts and busy schedules. These hearty vegetable-packed and protein-rich salads keep in the fridge for up to five days and are perfect for light wee...]]>
Memorable meals - My dining adventures from around the world http://illinoistimes.com/article-17305-memorable-meals.html Memorable meals - My dining adventures from around the world
 My most memorable dining experiences have ranged from the bizarre to the sublime. When I travel, I try to seek out and immerse myself in the local food and music culture. What makes a meal memor...]]>
Colorful, nutritious, easy Swiss chard http://illinoistimes.com/article-17279-colorful-nutritious-easy-swiss-chard.html Colorful, nutritious, easy Swiss chard
 Of all the plants in my vegetable garden, I have a special fondness for Swiss chard. Unlike asparagus, which makes an early spring appearance and then quietly goes to seed, or Brussels sprouts,...]]>
Produce trailer heads into the food desert - Many people just don’t know what to do with fresh food http://illinoistimes.com/article-17257-produce-trailer-heads-into-the-food-desert.html Produce trailer heads into the food desert - Many people just don’t know what to do with fresh food
 There are a lot of things about cooking that makes it hard. I try to be very conscious of not calling recipes or menu plans “easy,” because they never really are. Even the simplest recipe is...]]>
Chef’s guide to the farmers market http://illinoistimes.com/article-17229-chef%25E2%2580%2599s-guide-to-the-farmers-market.html Chef’s guide to the farmers market
 The first farmers market day is one of my favorite days of the year.  For me it signifies that summer has finally arrived. The glorious, slightly wild flavors of the market’s first few we...]]>
Let the sparks fly - Branch out with Korean barbecue http://illinoistimes.com/article-17188-let-the-sparks-fly.html Let the sparks fly - Branch out with Korean barbecue
 Some people are security seekers. I have friends who always drink the same brand of beer or wine and order the same familiar foods such as steak, fried chicken or cheeseburgers. Other people are...]]>
Radishes. Easy to grow. Delightful to serve. http://illinoistimes.com/article-17161-radishes-easy-to-grow-delightful-to-serve.html Radishes. Easy to grow. Delightful to serve.
 Radishes are one of my favorite vegetables to grow in the garden. Usually radishes are the very first crop that comes to the table in early spring. They grow incredibly fast – some varieties a...]]>
Simply, asparagus http://illinoistimes.com/article-17146-simply-asparagus.html Simply, asparagus
 During college, I spent my summers farming with my wife’s grandfather – her “Papa” – on his organic produce farm. Every evening, weary, sore, and satisfied from a true hard day’s wor...]]>
A delicious life - A grand dinner April 28 celebrates Julianne Glatz http://illinoistimes.com/article-17101-a-delicious-life.html A delicious life - A grand dinner April 28 celebrates Julianne Glatz
 When my mother started doing cooking classes in the early 2000s, we had no idea how it was going to turn out. I remember doing a trial run a week before the first class. A few close friends –...]]>
Nashville Hot Chicken comes to Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-17085-nashville-hot-chicken-comes-to-illinois.html Nashville Hot Chicken comes to Illinois
 I’ve been a lover of Buffalo Hot Wings for decades: chicken wings fried or broiled, tossed in butter and hot sauce, dipped in blue cheese or ranch dressing. I was expecting something similar t...]]>
For Passover, taste a culture http://illinoistimes.com/article-17050-for-passover-taste-a-culture.html For Passover, taste a culture
 Around this time every year, I contemplate what I will make for a weekend brunch as I flip through various culinary magazines. Along with the standard menus of glazed ham, prosciutto-wrapped asp...]]>
Romancing rice - For best results, go slow http://illinoistimes.com/article-17005-romancing-rice.html Romancing rice - For best results, go slow
 Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish that is cooked in broth until rich and velvety yet slightly firm and chewy. In Italy, risotto is most often served as a primo, or first course, or as an a...]]>
Garden for life http://illinoistimes.com/article-16973-garden-for-life.html Garden for life
 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...]]>
Cooking Lithuanian for the ultimate comfort food http://illinoistimes.com/article-16974-cooking-lithuanian-for-the-ultimate-comfort-food.html Cooking Lithuanian for the ultimate comfort food
 I don’t eat horseshoe sandwiches – or pony shoes, for that matter. My vote for the world’s best comfort food is kugelis, a Lithuanian grated potato casserole, copiously topped with a méla...]]>
Three easy pastas - Menus for Bertha the Bus http://illinoistimes.com/article-16948-three-easy-pastas.html Three easy pastas - 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...]]>
A dish to make the Irish smile http://illinoistimes.com/article-16904-a-dish-to-make-the-irish-smile.html A dish to make the Irish smile
 “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...]]>
To liven up your kitchen, take a class - Copper Pot Cooking Studio open house is March 6 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16881-to-liven-up-your-kitchen-take-a-class.html To liven up your kitchen, take a class - 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...]]>
Good food fast - As time for cooking disappears, Blue Apron appears http://illinoistimes.com/article-16865-good-food-fast.html Good food fast - 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...]]>
The last waltz - Fat Tuesday means gumbo http://illinoistimes.com/article-16834-the-last-waltz.html The last waltz - 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...]]>
Getting some crispy chewy http://illinoistimes.com/article-12549-getting-some-crispy-chewy.html Getting some crispy chewy
“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...]]>
Grilled salads, Vietnamese-style http://illinoistimes.com/article-11410-grilled-salads-vietnamese-style.html Grilled salads, Vietnamese-style
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...]]>
Ham or lamb it up http://illinoistimes.com/article-11189-ham-or-lamb-it-up.html Ham or lamb it up
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...]]>
RIP Hostess http://illinoistimes.com/article-10997-rip-hostess.html RIP Hostess
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...]]>
Spicy holiday gifts http://illinoistimes.com/article-10803-spicy-holiday-gifts.html Spicy holiday gifts
I’ve said it before: I like giving holiday food gifts that aren’t sweet. Not because I don’t like sweets – or getting them, for that matter. But it’s nice to give somethi...]]>
A new generation of fruit and vegetable farmers http://illinoistimes.com/article-10558-a-new-generation-of-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers.html A new generation of fruit and vegetable farmers
The age of farmers in this country is top-heavy, with older farmers far outnumbering the younger farmers, particularly that of fruit and vegetable growers. University of Illinois crop sciences profess...]]>
Come and Get It!, the book and the event http://illinoistimes.com/article-10465-come-and-get-it_-the-book-and-the-event.html Come and Get It!, the book and the event
Come and Get It!Could there be a more perfect moniker for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s sixth annual Harvest Celebration on Sept. 16.? Those who come to the celebration always get a fantas...]]>
More than morels - There are lots of other spring edibles in the wild http://illinoistimes.com/article-9816-more-than-morels.html More than morels - There are lots of other spring edibles in the wild
So far it’s been an iffy year for local morels, those wonderful wild mushrooms whose cratered caps resemble sponges. In fact, “sponge mushrooms” was what my family called them; I did...]]>
A bloody good thing http://illinoistimes.com/article-9797-a-bloody-good-thing.html A bloody good thing
Their name may be a little off-putting. And their exterior, orange streaked or mottled with vermilion and/or brownish purple, may bring to mind a nasty bruise rather than something good to eat. Howeve...]]>
Pro chefs’ good eats http://illinoistimes.com/article-9744-pro-chefsrs-good-eats.html Pro chefs’ good eats
One of the best things about writing for the Illinois Times is getting to meet people.  That’s never been more true than while I was working on this week’s cover story.  Everyone...]]>