IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Thu, 28 Apr 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Simply, asparagus http://illinoistimes.com/article-17146-simply-asparagus.html Simply, asparagus
 During college, I spent my summers farming with my wife’s grandfather – her “Papa” – on his organic produce farm. Every evening, weary, sore, and satisfied from a true hard day’s wor...]]>
A delicious life - A grand dinner April 28 celebrates Julianne Glatz http://illinoistimes.com/article-17101-a-delicious-life.html A delicious life - A grand dinner April 28 celebrates Julianne Glatz
 When my mother started doing cooking classes in the early 2000s, we had no idea how it was going to turn out. I remember doing a trial run a week before the first class. A few close friends –...]]>
Nashville Hot Chicken comes to Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-17085-nashville-hot-chicken-comes-to-illinois.html Nashville Hot Chicken comes to Illinois
 I’ve been a lover of Buffalo Hot Wings for decades: chicken wings fried or broiled, tossed in butter and hot sauce, dipped in blue cheese or ranch dressing. I was expecting something similar t...]]>
For Passover, taste a culture http://illinoistimes.com/article-17050-for-passover-taste-a-culture.html For Passover, taste a culture
 Around this time every year, I contemplate what I will make for a weekend brunch as I flip through various culinary magazines. Along with the standard menus of glazed ham, prosciutto-wrapped asp...]]>
Romancing rice - For best results, go slow http://illinoistimes.com/article-17005-romancing-rice.html Romancing rice - For best results, go slow
 Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish that is cooked in broth until rich and velvety yet slightly firm and chewy. In Italy, risotto is most often served as a primo, or first course, or as an a...]]>
Garden for life http://illinoistimes.com/article-16973-garden-for-life.html Garden for life
 I have vivid memories of wandering through the thousands of tomato plants that were grown on my great-grandfather’s market farm. Lima beans were a delicacy in our family. When they were in sea...]]>
Cooking Lithuanian for the ultimate comfort food http://illinoistimes.com/article-16974-cooking-lithuanian-for-the-ultimate-comfort-food.html Cooking Lithuanian for the ultimate comfort food
 I don’t eat horseshoe sandwiches – or pony shoes, for that matter. My vote for the world’s best comfort food is kugelis, a Lithuanian grated potato casserole, copiously topped with a méla...]]>
Three easy pastas - Menus for Bertha the Bus http://illinoistimes.com/article-16948-three-easy-pastas.html Three easy pastas - Menus for Bertha the Bus
 Four years ago I bought a school bus and named her Bertha. I removed all the seats and outfitted her with sleeping bunks, a restroom, a dining nook, and a small, but fully equipped kitchen. Bert...]]>
A dish to make the Irish smile http://illinoistimes.com/article-16904-a-dish-to-make-the-irish-smile.html A dish to make the Irish smile
 “Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flakeOf the crea...]]>
To liven up your kitchen, take a class - Copper Pot Cooking Studio open house is March 6 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16881-to-liven-up-your-kitchen-take-a-class.html To liven up your kitchen, take a class - Copper Pot Cooking Studio open house is March 6
In the process of going through my mother’s things after her death a month ago, a thought kept popping into my head: “I am nowhere near as interesting as my parents are.” That was until my fathe...]]>
Good food fast - As time for cooking disappears, Blue Apron appears http://illinoistimes.com/article-16865-good-food-fast.html Good food fast - As time for cooking disappears, Blue Apron appears
 Cooking skills were once passed on from generation to generation through the oral tradition. The post-war years saw an increase in women working outside the home and an increasing reliance on co...]]>
The last waltz - Fat Tuesday means gumbo http://illinoistimes.com/article-16834-the-last-waltz.html The last waltz - Fat Tuesday means gumbo
 I recently lost my wife (and Illinois Times food columnist), Julianne Glatz. When one loses his best friend of 45 years, the mother of his children, the Nana of his grandchildren, a tremendous v...]]>
Getting some crispy chewy http://illinoistimes.com/article-12549-getting-some-crispy-chewy.html Getting some crispy chewy
“What I really miss are crispy things, chewy things,” sighs my sister-in-law. “Things like pizza or pancakes. Kris is a former model. Now in her 50s, she’s still drop-dead gorg...]]>
Grilled salads, Vietnamese-style http://illinoistimes.com/article-11410-grilled-salads-vietnamese-style.html Grilled salads, Vietnamese-style
Serving grilled protein as a salad component has become commonplace lately. More often than not, though, it’s an afterthought or at best an add-on as in: “Caesar Salad…..Add a grill...]]>
Ham or lamb it up http://illinoistimes.com/article-11189-ham-or-lamb-it-up.html Ham or lamb it up
For many Americans, ham is the traditional centerpiece of their Easter dinner. In other homes – ours included – it’s roast leg of lamb. Lamb’s natural association with spring m...]]>
RIP Hostess http://illinoistimes.com/article-10997-rip-hostess.html RIP Hostess
They’re gone. Kaput. Fini. When the Hostess corporation, maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho’s, announced last November that it was filing for bankruptcy and closing its factories, the...]]>
Spicy holiday gifts http://illinoistimes.com/article-10803-spicy-holiday-gifts.html Spicy holiday gifts
I’ve said it before: I like giving holiday food gifts that aren’t sweet. Not because I don’t like sweets – or getting them, for that matter. But it’s nice to give somethi...]]>
A new generation of fruit and vegetable farmers http://illinoistimes.com/article-10558-a-new-generation-of-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers.html A new generation of fruit and vegetable farmers
The age of farmers in this country is top-heavy, with older farmers far outnumbering the younger farmers, particularly that of fruit and vegetable growers. University of Illinois crop sciences profess...]]>
Come and Get It!, the book and the event http://illinoistimes.com/article-10465-come-and-get-it_-the-book-and-the-event.html Come and Get It!, the book and the event
Come and Get It!Could there be a more perfect moniker for the Illinois Stewardship Alliance’s sixth annual Harvest Celebration on Sept. 16.? Those who come to the celebration always get a fantas...]]>
More than morels - There are lots of other spring edibles in the wild http://illinoistimes.com/article-9816-more-than-morels.html More than morels - There are lots of other spring edibles in the wild
So far it’s been an iffy year for local morels, those wonderful wild mushrooms whose cratered caps resemble sponges. In fact, “sponge mushrooms” was what my family called them; I did...]]>
A bloody good thing http://illinoistimes.com/article-9797-a-bloody-good-thing.html A bloody good thing
Their name may be a little off-putting. And their exterior, orange streaked or mottled with vermilion and/or brownish purple, may bring to mind a nasty bruise rather than something good to eat. Howeve...]]>
Pro chefs’ good eats http://illinoistimes.com/article-9744-pro-chefsrs-good-eats.html Pro chefs’ good eats
One of the best things about writing for the Illinois Times is getting to meet people.  That’s never been more true than while I was working on this week’s cover story.  Everyone...]]>
The rest of the story, 2011 http://illinoistimes.com/article-9508-the-rest-of-the-story-2011.html The rest of the story, 2011
It’s time again to wrap up some of the things I wrote about during 2011. Though I usually do it chronologically, this time around I have to start with the overwhelming reader response to my Oct....]]>
Italian-American Christmas, Springfield-style http://illinoistimes.com/article-9444-italian-american-christmas-springfield-style.html Italian-American Christmas, Springfield-style
For years, my husband Peter’s entire dental office eagerly anticipated the arrival of Velma Viele Mayes’ Italian Christmas cookies. The large foil-covered cardboard box overflowed with ani...]]>
Plentiful pears http://illinoistimes.com/article-9120-plentiful-pears.html Plentiful pears
Pity the poor pear. Each autumn, apples get all the attention. It’s just not fair. Sure, pears show up in cooking publications, but they always seem to take a back seat to apples. That’s a...]]>
Clay’s Popeye’s Barbeque turns 50 http://illinoistimes.com/article-8961-clayrss-popeyerss-barbeque-turns-50.html Clay’s Popeye’s Barbeque turns 50
Barack Obama isn’t the only one who’s been celebrating a half-century birthday recently. Clay’s Popeye Barbeque’s 50th anniversary is this year. That’s a long time for an...]]>
Illinois winemaking on the rise http://illinoistimes.com/article-8699-illinois-winemaking-on-the-rise.html Illinois winemaking on the rise
More than 100 years ago, Illinois was the fourth largest wine-producing state in the nation. Now the Treasury Department holds Illinois responsible for just a fraction of the 40 million gallons bottle...]]>
Free food just got fresher - Central Illinois Food Bank tackles hunger with healthier food http://illinoistimes.com/article-7176-free-food-just-got-fresher.html Free food just got fresher - Central Illinois Food Bank tackles hunger with healthier food
From floor to ceiling, the Central Illinois Food Bank’s 25,000-square-foot warehouse on the east side of Springfield is packed with donations, ranging from traditional items like juice boxes, ce...]]>
A restaurant to remember - The rich history of food and fun at Stevie's Latin Village http://illinoistimes.com/article-7162-a-restaurant-to-remember.html A restaurant to remember - The rich history of food and fun at Stevie's Latin Village
Thin wisps of smoke from the guests’ cigarettes lazily spiral upward and hang as if suspended from the ceiling. The ceiling itself, as well as the walls, are inscribed with caricatures of regula...]]>
Man vs. good lord, my mouth's on fire http://illinoistimes.com/article-6423-man-vs-good-lord-my-mouths-on-fire.html Man vs. good lord, my mouth's on fire
Wednesday, watch as Man vs. Food’s Adam Richman eschews “chili” for chilLi the Springfield way. In the Springfield-based episode, taped in July, Richman visits Springfield favorites. ...]]>