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Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:01 am
 The American Heart Association recommends eating two servings of fish per week based on numerous studies indicating that consuming fish is good for your heart. Fish is a rich source of omega-3 f...
Thursday, March 21, 2019 12:01 am
 When I travel to a new city I always seek out the local farmers markets. My obsession is fueled by my fond memories of selling vegetables on the Old State Capitol Plaza with my grandfather-in-la...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:01 am

Celebrate St. Pat’s with garden greens

 Shop local this St. Patrick's Day weekend! A variety of locally raised products will be available for purchase at the Winter Farmers Market this Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the State H...
Thursday, March 7, 2019 12:01 am
During his appearance at the Oscars, activist chef and Nobel Peace Prize nominee José Andrés spoke of “the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives – imm...
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 12:01 am

The microwave is our friend

 The thought of microwave cooking apparently doesn’t jibe with the most peoples’ idea of delicious, healthful eating. When I took an informal poll of friends who do a lot of scratch cooking,...
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 12:01 am

Why did it take me so long to get back to fermentation?

 Ten years ago I became interested in fermentation and bought a book entitled The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz. It was a fascinating read but I confess that I was hesitant to start making m...
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...


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