Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 12:01 am
 With the onset of crisp autumn weather, I’ve been eager to retreat into my kitchen and bake. Displays of ripe autumn fruit, stacked high on tables at the market, make me want to run home and t...
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 12:01 am
When I was 20, I crossed the burning border / I came to find the good life / And brought my daughter here … We came for democracy and hope / Now all we have is hope … My daughter is a Dreamer …T...
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 12:01 am
 Last month Governor Rauner signed a bill that will allow Illinois farmers to begin growing and processing industrial hemp. This is exciting news for farmers like Chad Wallace of Oak Tree Organic...
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 12:01 am
 It is 7:30 on a Saturday evening and I’m at Vele, an upscale restaurant in downtown Springfield. It’s a busy night and the dining room is nearly full. I, however, am not among the diners. I�...
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 12:01 am
 “What should I make for dinner?”This seems to be a question that plagues working families everywhere. Not long ago, I was waiting to pick up my daughter when I overheard some other moms disc...
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 12:01 am
 I recently had to spend an unanticipated couple of days in Memorial Medical Center. Aside from the unpleasant and painful circumstances that precipitated my visit to the ER, my experience was ac...
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 12:01 am
 It’s been a good year for cucumbers. I planted six plants in a raised bed earlier this spring and for the past three weeks I’ve been picking anywhere from 10-20 pounds of the juicy, deliciou...
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 12:01 am
 I’ve always wondered how the large, pendulous purple orb, called an aubergine, melanzana or brinjal in other languages, came to be known as an “eggplant.” It turns out that the variety gro...
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 12:01 am
 If some zucchini randomly appeared on your porch this week, you weren’t being punked. August 8th was “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day,” a silly holiday that has been e...
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018 12:01 am
 When I was growing up Sunday dinner at home was nothing special, just a bit fancier than the TV dinners in compartmented foil pans that we had on most weeknights.Sunday dinner at my wife’s gra...

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