IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Mon, 19 Feb 18 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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 ...]]>
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...]]>