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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...
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...


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