IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Wed, 26 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Don’t be afraid to cook with cast iron http://illinoistimes.com/article-18554-don%25E2%2580%2599t-be-afraid-to-cook-with-cast-iron.html Don’t be afraid to cook with cast iron
 It’s rare these days to buy anything that will truly last 100 years, much less generations. Cast-iron cookware, when properly cared for, can last indefinitely. I have a set of cast-iron skille...]]>
Wine meets fun on Walnut Street - Former insurance man Loren Shanle went from selling policies to pinot http://illinoistimes.com/article-18555-wine-meets-fun-on-walnut-street.html Wine meets fun on Walnut Street - Former insurance man Loren Shanle went from selling policies to pinot
 Loren Shanle is living the dream. Sell the business, move to the sunny coast, start a winery…except, he hasn’t moved to the sunny coast. He’s still in Rochester, accepting all four seasons...]]>
Easter on a spit http://illinoistimes.com/article-18527-easter-on-a-spit.html Easter on a spit
 At the south end of the land that is now Panther Creek Country Club sits the historic 1860 Spaulding Orchard farmhouse, my home for the last 35 years. What was once one of Illinois’ largest ap...]]>
The healing power of chicken soup http://illinoistimes.com/article-18481-the-healing-power-of-chicken-soup.html The healing power of chicken soup
 Spring has sprung! Brightly colored bulb flowers are beginning to bloom and the cheeky chatter of songbirds fills the air. Winter is officially behind us. Unfortunately, the flu season has not c...]]>
There’s a new wrap in town http://illinoistimes.com/article-18453-there%25E2%2580%2599s-a-new-wrap-in-town.html There’s a new wrap in town
 Diet fads and gimmicks generally don’t interest me. I’m immediately suspicious of any diet that suggests removal of an entire food group, and I tend to steer clear of low-fat or reduced-calo...]]>
What the pho? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18429-what-the-pho.html What the pho?
 Google released a report last year that analyzed what everyone’s cooking, buying and ordering. Google analyzed all the food-related search queries between January 2014 and January 2016. They l...]]>
Holiday muscle dish http://illinoistimes.com/article-18400-holiday-muscle-dish.html Holiday muscle dish
 Like many Americans, every year I looked forward to my St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage. And every year, my mother loved to remind us that if we really wanted to enjoy a traditional I...]]>
Simple healthy meal prep - On longevity and politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-18374-simple-healthy-meal-prep.html Simple healthy meal prep - On longevity and politics
 I had a transformative experience recently. I was standing in my late wife Julianne’s teaching kitchen next to my daughter (and fellow IT food columnist) Ashley Meyer and longtime friend Chef ...]]>
Crazy for cauliflower http://illinoistimes.com/article-18346-crazy-for-cauliflower.html Crazy for cauliflower
 Spend a few minutes perusing popular food blogs for health-conscious recipes and one thing begins to become clear – cauliflower is the new “it” vegetable. Thanks to popular diet trends suc...]]>
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...]]>