IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Fri, 02 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 How to fall in love with Brussels sprouts - An outcast earns its place at the table http://illinoistimes.com/article-17996-how-to-fall-in-love-with-brussels-sprouts.html How to fall in love with Brussels sprouts - An outcast earns its place at the table
 In his book Dave Barry’s Bad Habits, humorist Dave Barry describes his mother’s approach to a balanced diet: “For every food she served you that you could stand to eat, she served you anot...]]>
Making edible gifts http://illinoistimes.com/article-17950-making-edible-gifts.html Making edible gifts
 Lately I really just want to hit the pause button on life, on the world – hole up in my house for several days straight, and make yummy food. Decadent food, holiday food. Unfortunately, no suc...]]>
Making Thanksgiving dreams come true http://illinoistimes.com/article-17922-making-thanksgiving-dreams-come-true.html Making Thanksgiving dreams come true
 Many of us dream of hosting a Rockwell-esque Thanksgiving. Happy children playing board games as they patiently await dinner, contented guests allowing the host to calmly finish up the meal, gla...]]>
Hungarian goulash, good for cold weather - Hearty, tasty, nutritious and easy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17893-hungarian-goulash-good-for-cold-weather.html Hungarian goulash, good for cold weather - Hearty, tasty, nutritious and easy
 My father was of Austro-Hungarian descent so when I was a kid growing up in the 50s and 60s, we enjoyed goulash the way folks around here enjoy chili. Goulash is a beef stew seasoned with carawa...]]>
There’s joy in a pot of ham and beans http://illinoistimes.com/article-17880-there%25E2%2580%2599s-joy-in-a-pot-of-ham-and-beans.html There’s joy in a pot of ham and beans
 There is a certain type of satisfaction that comes from cooking a pot of beans from scratch. I always catch myself meditatively stirring at some point in the process, once again amazed that a $1...]]>
It was a dark and stormy night… - Halloween enthusiasm gone amok http://illinoistimes.com/article-17850-it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night%25E2%2580%25A6.html It was a dark and stormy night… - Halloween enthusiasm gone amok
 There comes a point when creativity and enthusiasm go too far. This week’s recipe, reprinted from an article written by my late wife, Julianne Glatz, in 2014, is an example of something that m...]]>
Pumpkin fever hits hard - Recipes for America’s favorite cucurbit http://illinoistimes.com/article-17830-pumpkin-fever-hits-hard.html Pumpkin fever hits hard - Recipes for America’s favorite cucurbit
  America has been a bit obsessed with all things pumpkin since Starbucks debuted their Pumpkin Spice latte in 2003. Since then pumpkin spice flavor has found its way into everything from be...]]>
Dim sum debacle - Making Siu Mai: easy Chinese dumplings http://illinoistimes.com/article-17808-dim-sum-debacle.html Dim sum debacle - Making Siu Mai: easy Chinese dumplings
 If you ever get into a food discussion with my children, ask them to tell you about the time their mother (and longtime Illinois Times food writer) Julianne took them to a dim sum restaurant and...]]>
Sugar fundraisers - We can raise money without sacrificing health http://illinoistimes.com/article-17773-sugar-fundraisers.html Sugar fundraisers - We can raise money without sacrificing health
 It’s fundraising season again. Kids are returning home from school with cookie dough and popcorn order forms, and churches and community groups are gearing up for their annual holiday bake sal...]]>
Not your mother’s sauerkraut - Kimchi 101 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17745-not-your-mother%25E2%2580%2599s-sauerkraut.html Not your mother’s sauerkraut - Kimchi 101
 It’s smelly, spicy, scary-looking and quite possibly the world’s healthiest food. It hisses and foams when you open its jar. It is revered by Koreans and reviled by many Americans. Kimchi �...]]>
Slowing down to save our food supply - The Ark of Taste highlights heritage foods http://illinoistimes.com/article-17721-slowing-down-to-save-our-food-supply.html Slowing down to save our food supply - The Ark of Taste highlights heritage foods
 Consumers today seem to have more choices at the grocery store than ever before. My great-grandmother would have marveled at the red strawberries available in grocery stores in the middle of win...]]>
Experiments in music and meat http://illinoistimes.com/article-17705-experiments-in-music-and-meat.html Experiments in music and meat
 My two favorite avocations are music and cooking; I have found that camping at music festivals in Bertha Bus, my mobile kitchen, gives me the perfect opportunity to enjoy both. Over the years, a...]]>
Summer’s second act - September farmers market finds http://illinoistimes.com/article-17671-summer%25E2%2580%2599s-second-act.html Summer’s second act - September farmers market finds
 Just because summer is drawing to an end and the kids are back to school does not mean that farmers market season is over. The Old State Capitol Farmers Market continues to run Wednesday and Sat...]]>
Culinary labors - Day off recipes from the pros http://illinoistimes.com/article-17627-culinary-labors.html Culinary labors - Day off recipes from the pros
 Again it’s Labor Day, when, without a hint of irony, we celebrate our country’s workers by taking a day off from work. For most professionals, a day off is assumed to entail doing pretty muc...]]>
Olive you - There’s nothing like fresh olives and EVOO http://illinoistimes.com/article-17605-olive-you.html Olive you - There’s nothing like fresh olives and EVOO
 It seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in our family. My daughter has loved olives since she was a baby. The only time I ever had to simply abandon my shopping cart and remove my wa...]]>
Swimming upstream - How one man brought fresh salmon to Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-17567-swimming-upstream.html Swimming upstream - How one man brought fresh salmon to Illinois
 Fish can be a beneficial component of a healthy diet. Fish are the major sources of long-chain omega-3 fats, are high in protein and low in saturated fat. Evidence suggests that eating fish or t...]]>
All you need is water - Sports drinks can be harmful http://illinoistimes.com/article-17542-all-you-need-is-water.html All you need is water - Sports drinks can be harmful
 There are few things that one can do to have an immediate and positive impact on one’s health. Increasing physical activity and changing one’s diet are critical steps in improving overall he...]]>
Pig roast renaissance http://illinoistimes.com/article-17520-pig-roast-renaissance.html Pig roast renaissance
 It seems that of late my life’s journey has been taking some pretty unexpected turns. The latest fork in the road has me rolling down a hilly two-lane highway in Bertha Bus, my kitchen on whee...]]>
Simple suppers for steamy nights http://illinoistimes.com/article-17501-simple-suppers-for-steamy-nights.html Simple suppers for steamy nights
 It’s hot outside and, as much as I love to cook, these days I will do almost anything to avoid turning on my stove. Here are some of my favorite tips for eating real while keeping cool. Stocki...]]>
Fitness and food, my new frontier http://illinoistimes.com/article-17466-fitness-and-food-my-new-frontier.html Fitness and food, my new frontier
 A week after my wife, Julianne, died, I received an invitation to have lunch from her editor at Illinois Times, Fletcher Farrar. It was at this meeting that he brought up the possibility of my d...]]>
Road trippin’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-17443-road-trippin%25E2%2580%2599.html Road trippin’
 “Are you going to make deviled eggs?”This is the question my grandmother asks every time I tell her I’m preparing food to take on a road trip. “They’re just so good to take in the car....]]>
Unlikely food find in New Berlin - In a backroom attached to a convenience store, a young chef offers promising taste adventures http://illinoistimes.com/article-17435-unlikely-food-find-in-new-berlin.html Unlikely food find in New Berlin - In a backroom attached to a convenience store, a young chef offers promising taste adventures
 I slow my car to 25 mph as I drive into New Berlin. I’m on a mission to check out rumors about a young chef who is serving amazing food in the back of a gas station.I first heard the buzz abou...]]>
Nose to the grindstone - Historic nearby mill offers grains of all types http://illinoistimes.com/article-17400-nose-to-the-grindstone.html Nose to the grindstone - Historic nearby mill offers grains of all types
 Earlier this month I was searching out local ingredients to include on the menu for a fundraising dinner. I was surprised to learn that Hodgson Mill is located in Effingham, just 75 miles southe...]]>
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...]]>