IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Sun, 26 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 What do you do with leftover wine? - It could happen http://illinoistimes.com/article-18320-what-do-you-do-with-leftover-wine.html What do you do with leftover wine? - It could happen
 Back in the late 1970s my wife and I used to go out for a steak dinner to a tavern in Virden called Rockenbachs. We were newbie wine connoisseurs at the time and enjoyed drinking Lambrusco, a se...]]>
Tumeric adds punch to midwinter meals http://illinoistimes.com/article-18291-tumeric-adds-punch-to-midwinter-meals.html Tumeric adds punch to midwinter meals
 Turmeric is a spice rack regular in my kitchen. I use the deep orange powder when cooking Indian or Southeast Asian cuisine, and usually throw a pinch in when I’m making deviled eggs for more...]]>
The next best thing to Champagne - Valentine’s Day recommendations http://illinoistimes.com/article-18272-the-next-best-thing-to-champagne.html The next best thing to Champagne - Valentine’s Day recommendations
 Champagne is a classic choice for Valentine’s Day, and it, along with other sparkling wines like cava, prosecco and moscato d’Asti, are some of the most versatile wines to enjoy and pair wit...]]>
Borscht beets all for winter warmth http://illinoistimes.com/article-18227-borscht-beets-all-for-winter-warmth.html Borscht beets all for winter warmth
 Few dishes are more aptly suited to counter the effects of the bracing February wind than hot borscht. I remember the first time it was served to me as a young child. My family was in Chicago fo...]]>
Romance tips for the college chef - Wooing women with bread http://illinoistimes.com/article-18201-romance-tips-for-the-college-chef.html Romance tips for the college chef - Wooing women with bread
 In the fall of 1971 I was a skinny, pimply-faced, pathologically shy college freshman at the University of Illinois in Urbana. I desired female companionship, but was too timid to ask anyon...]]>
It’s citrus season - From Cara Caras to clementines http://illinoistimes.com/article-18172-it%25E2%2580%2599s-citrus-season.html It’s citrus season - From Cara Caras to clementines
 After weeks of rich wintery fare, nature has a way of offering her own elixir. Citrus fruits are in peak season now through early spring, arriving just in time to pull us out of our butter-laden...]]>
On onions and tears - Julianne’s last meal http://illinoistimes.com/article-18144-on-onions-and-tears.html On onions and tears - Julianne’s last meal
The first anniversary of my wife (and Illinois Times food writer) Julianne’s passing is approaching. When she died, she left me with four decades of memories and two freezers full of homemade soups,...]]>
Resolve to have fewer, better kitchen gadgets http://illinoistimes.com/article-18127-resolve-to-have-fewer-better-kitchen-gadgets.html Resolve to have fewer, better kitchen gadgets
 We know that eating fresh, simple, home-cooked food is one of the best ways to foster our health and overall well-being. Many of you, like me, will be entering the New Year with a renewed commit...]]>
The key to peaceful mornings - Make-ahead breakfast delights http://illinoistimes.com/article-18065-the-key-to-peaceful-mornings.html The key to peaceful mornings - Make-ahead breakfast delights
 I’ve always been a morning person. As a child, this meant that I was left to my own devices on weekends until about 9:30, when the rest of the house would finally begin to stir. I grew up lear...]]>
Keep holiday cooking simple http://illinoistimes.com/article-18037-keep-holiday-cooking-simple.html Keep holiday cooking simple
 I have vivid memories of years ago answering a knock on my door the week before Christmas. We were experiencing snow showers and my wife’s friend was standing outside my kitchen door with a st...]]>
Braising, the slow-cooking solution http://illinoistimes.com/article-18009-braising-the-slow-cooking-solution.html Braising, the slow-cooking solution
 ’Tis the season for braising! This hands-off cooking method, in which foods are covered and slow-cooked at a lower temperature with a small amount of liquid, transforms tough, cheaper cuts of...]]>
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...]]>