IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Mon, 11 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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 ...]]>
Beyond Miracle Whip and snack packs - Creativity and nutrition in packing school lunches http://illinoistimes.com/article-19039-beyond-miracle-whip-and-snack-packs.html Beyond Miracle Whip and snack packs - Creativity and nutrition in packing school lunches
 My mother, amazing cook though she was, did not pack a very good school lunch, at least from a kid perspective. She really didn’t do breakfast at all, and lunch was usually leftovers from dinn...]]>
Vegetables a la Beef - Fine dining the Montreal way http://illinoistimes.com/article-19020-vegetables-a-la-beef.html Vegetables a la Beef - 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...]]>
Out of ideas for summer produce? - Try this tomato pie http://illinoistimes.com/article-18980-out-of-ideas-for-summer-produce.html Out of ideas for summer produce? - Try this tomato pie
 Way back in February I got the gardening bug, so I started several different varieties of tomatoes in plastic lettuce containers that I’d been hoarding for that purpose. In a warm east-facing...]]>
When life gives you too much basil… http://illinoistimes.com/article-18950-when-life-gives-you-too-much-basil%25E2%2580%25A6.html When life gives you too much basil…
 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...]]>
Beyond hot dogs and s’mores - Campfire cooking to rival a restaurant http://illinoistimes.com/article-18926-beyond-hot-dogs-and-s%25E2%2580%2599mores.html Beyond hot dogs and s’mores - Campfire cooking to rival a restaurant
 To be clear, I love a good dog as much as the next guy, especially if it’s been locally produced. My favorites are the uncured beef wieners from Stan Shutte at Triple S Farms, and the old-fash...]]>
Miso is more than soup - An indescribable yumminess http://illinoistimes.com/article-18902-miso-is-more-than-soup.html Miso is more than soup - 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 ...]]>
Kohlrabi, for a change http://illinoistimes.com/article-18880-kohlrabi-for-a-change.html Kohlrabi, for a change
 Kohlrabi is an odd-looking vegetable with an odd-sounding name. Easy to grow and widely available at local farmers markets, this alien-looking vegetable is as versatile as it is weird. A member...]]>
Skirt steak http://illinoistimes.com/article-18855-skirt-steak.html Skirt steak
 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...]]>
Perfect picnics under the stars - Ashley Meyer http://illinoistimes.com/article-18831-perfect-picnics-under-the-stars.html Perfect picnics under the stars - Ashley Meyer
 There is not much that I enjoy more than packing a picnic and curling up on a thick blanket to watch a show under the stars. Be it a movie in the park, a concert or community theatre, it’s a l...]]>
Summertime and the grillin’ is easy http://illinoistimes.com/article-18806-summertime-and-the-grillin%25E2%2580%2599-is-easy.html Summertime and the grillin’ is easy
 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...]]>
Easy as pie http://illinoistimes.com/article-18780-easy-as-pie.html Easy as pie
 Despite the old-fashioned expression, making a pie from scratch intimidates many. It is another culinary skill that has atrophied in our culture over the years, a casualty of convenience and fro...]]>
What makes the Magic Kitchen magic - Pad thai at home http://illinoistimes.com/article-18750-what-makes-the-magic-kitchen-magic.html What makes the Magic Kitchen magic - 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 ...]]>
When you wilt, have a wilted salad http://illinoistimes.com/article-18739-when-you-wilt-have-a-wilted-salad.html When you wilt, have a wilted salad
 It’s been a busy few weeks. For a while now my daily agenda has felt full to bursting on a regular basis, and I find myself yearning for a little TLC. The healthful surge of energy that accomp...]]>
Kitsune - Into the kitchen of one of Chicago’s best new restaurants http://illinoistimes.com/article-18701-kitsune.html Kitsune - 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...]]>
Farmers market inspiration http://illinoistimes.com/article-18668-farmers-market-inspiration.html Farmers market inspiration
 This weekend is the grand opening of the Old Capitol Farmers Market (OCFM), one of my favorite times of the year because it marks the return of our beloved Saturday morning market routine. The f...]]>
Farming on the earth http://illinoistimes.com/article-18642-farming-on-the-earth.html Farming on the earth
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...]]>
Waste not, want not - Putting food scraps to good use http://illinoistimes.com/article-18622-waste-not-want-not.html Waste not, want not - Putting food scraps to good use
 Approximately 40 percent of the food produced in the United States, approximately 133 billion pounds, will end up in the trash. That’s roughly equivalent to buying five bags of groceries, then...]]>
Be careful what you wish for - Doc cooks for Hard Working Americans http://illinoistimes.com/article-18580-be-careful-what-you-wish-for.html Be careful what you wish for - Doc cooks for Hard Working Americans
 I was in Montreal for my annual trip with my son Robb. We were in a quiet gallery in the Marc Chagall exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts when the loud call of a hunting horn emanated fr...]]>