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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 12:01 am

In Florida in search of oranges

We were two hours from Disney World, but I only had one thing on my mind: sweet, luscious oranges. Originally we’d planned to fly, but I managed to talk my family into driving so we could load up th...
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 12:01 am
 “I know a guy who has a bus and likes to cook.” This comment from an out-of-town friend initiated a chain of events that landed me in a high school cafeteria kitchen in charge of preparing a...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 12:01 am

A basic method to open many doors

 Named for the little cabbages the baked puffs of dough resemble, pâte à chouxis incredibly versatile. Five basic ingredients come together quickly to form a dough that transforms in the oven o...
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 12:01 am

My adventures in Chicago's top kitchen

 The English poet and playwright Robert Browning wrote: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp. Or what’s a heaven for?” This phrase has been cycling around in my head these past...
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 12:01 am

Use leftovers, make it ahead, put it in the oven. Then loaf.

 It often seems that some most delicious meals were developed out of frugality. Day-old bread is transformed into decadent and hearty French toast by simply soaking in a mixture of milk and egg b...
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 12:01 am
 My in-laws used to tell a story about how they always cut a small piece off the end of the ham before roasting it. When someone asked what purpose this served, Great-grandmother replied, “I do...
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 12:01 am

Salad, to give your body a break

Generally one thinks of salad as summer fare. Indeed, when the garden is bursting with produce and the tables at the farmers market are laden with rainbow-hued veggies, it’s easy to include them on...
Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 10:05 am
New Year's Eve is one of those holidays that I’ve always had a hard time getting right. My better judgment has steered me away from participating in activities that would require driving around on ...
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 12:01 am
 As a kid I never understood why grown-ups would talk about “getting through the holidays” like it was some sort of difficult trial. What could be difficult about a time filled with presents...


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