IllinoisTimes - Food http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Tue, 26 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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 ...]]>