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Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:00 am

Pad thai at home

 Thirty-four years ago I heard about a little coffee shop in the parking lot of a shabby motel on Springfield’s north side that had unlikely pairing of corndogs and Thai food on the menu. Even
Food
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 am

Into the kitchen of one of Chicago’s best new restaurants

 I recognized the look. I see it every time I walk in the back door of a new restaurant. “I’m Peter, and I’m here to stage.” (A stage is an unpaid, short-term internship when a cook works
Food
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:00 am
In 1970, when I was 17 years old, I bought a book entitled Living on the Earth by Alicia Bay Laurel. It was illustrated with beautiful line drawings and the text was handwritten in cursive. Alicia Bay
Food
Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 am

Doc cooks for Hard Working Americans

 I was in Montreal for my annual trip with my son Robb. We were in a quiet gallery in the Marc Chagall exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts when the loud call of a hunting horn emanated fr
Food
Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:00 am
 At the south end of the land that is now Panther Creek Country Club sits the historic 1860 Spaulding Orchard farmhouse, my home for the last 35 years. What was once one of Illinois’ largest ap
Food
Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:00 am
 Google released a report last year that analyzed what everyone’s cooking, buying and ordering. Google analyzed all the food-related search queries between January 2014 and January 2016. They l
Capital City Senior
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:00 am

Reminiscing on music fandom

 In the 60s, my father was a crew cut-sporting, hippie-hating Nixon supporter. I was a long-haired, Vietnam War-protesting adolescent. The only times we seemed to be able to come together was thr
Food
Thursday, March 9, 2017 12:00 am

On longevity and politics

 I had a transformative experience recently. I was standing in my late wife Julianne’s teaching kitchen next to my daughter (and fellow IT food columnist) Ashley Meyer and longtime friend Chef
Food
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 12:00 am

It could happen

 Back in the late 1970s my wife and I used to go out for a steak dinner to a tavern in Virden called Rockenbachs. We were newbie wine connoisseurs at the time and enjoyed drinking Lambrusco, a se
Food
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 12:00 am

Wooing women with bread

 In the fall of 1971 I was a skinny, pimply-faced, pathologically shy college freshman at the University of Illinois in Urbana. I desired female companionship, but was too timid to ask anyon

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