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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 12:00 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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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 12:00 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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Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 12:00 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
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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 12:00 am
 In my last Illinois Times column I reviewed the recently published The Noma Guide to Fermentation. During the past month I have been working my way through several of its recipes. However, I’v
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Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 12:00 am
 This past summer I received a Facebook message from my old musician friend Eric. He wrote: “You will have to meet my girlfriend Cathy … she works for a company called NuWave doing infomercia
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Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 12:00 am
For a long time, an old jar of tahini has resided in a lonely corner in the back of the fridge. It was one of those ingredients that I had purchased for one purpose only – making homemade hummus, wh
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Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 12:00 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
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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 12:00 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�
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Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 12:00 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

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