IllinoisTimes - Food https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Mon, 22 Apr 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 A chef’s wedding https://illinoistimes.com/article-21144-a-chef%25E2%2580%2599s-wedding.html A chef’s wedding
 When I announced that I would be getting remarried on April Fool’s Day and cooking the food for my own wedding reception, many people thought I was joking. In truth, I was just carrying on a f...]]>
Foods for a brighter future https://illinoistimes.com/article-21134-foods-for-a-brighter-future.html Foods for a brighter future
For much of our modern gastronomic history, many of our beliefs about food were driven by what people were not supposed to eat. Foods take turns as the villain of the moment, and regular folks end up...]]>
Make your food funky https://illinoistimes.com/article-21097-make-your-food-funky.html Make your food funky
 My first experience with fermented fish was not a good one.Halley’s Comet pays us a visit approximately every 75 years and the last time was 33 years ago. I wanted to optimally experience this...]]>
It’s time to eat more fish https://illinoistimes.com/article-21085-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-to-eat-more-fish.html It’s time to eat more fish
 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...]]>
Magic mushrooms https://illinoistimes.com/article-21055-magic-mushrooms.html Magic mushrooms
 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...]]>
Winter farmers market - Celebrate St. Pat’s with garden greens https://illinoistimes.com/article-21017-winter-farmers-market.html Winter farmers market - 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...]]>
Immigrants and women moving humanity forward https://illinoistimes.com/article-20999-immigrants-and-women-moving-humanity-forward.html Immigrants and women moving humanity forward
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...]]>
Good cooks know how to zap it - The microwave is our friend https://illinoistimes.com/article-20980-good-cooks-know-how-to-zap-it.html Good cooks know how to zap it - 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,...]]>
Beets me - Why did it take me so long to get back to fermentation? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20952-beets-me.html Beets me - 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...]]>
Stop the car! - In Florida in search of oranges https://illinoistimes.com/article-20939-stop-the-car_.html Stop the car! - 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...]]>
Cooking teaches problem-solving https://illinoistimes.com/article-20902-cooking-teaches-problem-solving.html Cooking teaches problem-solving
 “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...]]>
Dough delights - A basic method to open many doors https://illinoistimes.com/article-20878-dough-delights.html Dough delights - 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...]]>
Reaching too far? - My adventures in Chicago's top kitchen https://illinoistimes.com/article-20860-reaching-too-far.html Reaching too far? - 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...]]>
The joys of meatloaf - Use leftovers, make it ahead, put it in the oven. Then loaf. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20841-the-joys-of-meatloaf.html The joys of meatloaf - 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...]]>
Kitchen wisdom https://illinoistimes.com/article-20810-kitchen-wisdom.html Kitchen wisdom
 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...]]>
Winter greens - Salad, to give your body a break https://illinoistimes.com/article-20801-winter-greens.html Winter greens - Salad, to give your body a break
Generally one thinks of salad as summer fare. Indeed, when the garden is bursting with produce and the tables at the farmers market are laden with rainbow-hued veggies, it’s easy to include them on...]]>
New Year's Eve: Getting it right https://illinoistimes.com/article-20757-new-years-eve-getting-it-right.html New Year's Eve: Getting it right
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 ...]]>
Mocktails https://illinoistimes.com/article-20741-mocktails.html Mocktails
 As a kid I never understood why grown-ups would talk about “getting through the holidays” like it was some sort of difficult trial. What could be difficult about a time filled with presents...]]>
Two new cookbooks to give and get this holiday season https://illinoistimes.com/article-20723-two-new-cookbooks-to-give-and-get-this-holiday-season.html Two new cookbooks to give and get this holiday season
Cookbooks are some of the best gifts to give your food-minded friends and relatives for the holidays. Among this year’s new releases are two wildly different books that share a surprisingly common t...]]>
Edible gifts https://illinoistimes.com/article-20705-edible-gifts.html Edible gifts
 Several years back, my family agreed to stop buying holiday gifts for the adults. Money was always tight for somebody and none of us are big shoppers, so we decided just to buy gifts for the kid...]]>
Black garlic https://illinoistimes.com/article-20668-black-garlic.html Black garlic
 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...]]>
Holiday party platters https://illinoistimes.com/article-20639-holiday-party-platters.html Holiday party platters
 It’s not hard to create festive party platters and gorgeous cheeseboards that will impress your guests or make you the most popular person at the office potluck. This is how I prefer to entert...]]>
Foundations of flavor: The Noma Guide to Fermentation https://illinoistimes.com/article-20620-foundations-of-flavor-the-noma-guide-to-fermentation.html Foundations of flavor: The Noma Guide to Fermentation
 I first learned of the Danish restaurant Noma five years ago from an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” Bourdain had visited the restaurant and spent time hanging out with its...]]>
How not to cut a squash https://illinoistimes.com/article-20577-how-not-to-cut-a-squash.html How not to cut a squash
 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...]]>
Soups for the freezer https://illinoistimes.com/article-20543-soups-for-the-freezer.html Soups for the freezer
 Now that cool fall temperatures have finally arrived, my soup pot will be in regular use. We eat soup several nights a week in my house, and I honestly wouldn’t be able to feed my family made-...]]>
Tahini’s benefits and uses https://illinoistimes.com/article-20525-tahini%25E2%2580%2599s-benefits-and-uses.html Tahini’s benefits and uses
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...]]>
Upside-down cake https://illinoistimes.com/article-20507-upside-down-cake.html Upside-down cake
 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...]]>
Cravings: How I Conquered Food https://illinoistimes.com/article-20470-cravings-how-i-conquered-food.html Cravings: How I Conquered Food
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...]]>
Hemp seed recipes https://illinoistimes.com/article-20447-hemp-seed-recipes.html Hemp seed recipes
 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...]]>
Kitchen confidential https://illinoistimes.com/article-20431-kitchen-confidential.html Kitchen confidential
 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�...]]>