IllinoisTimes - Food https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Wed, 19 Jun 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Cook like a Cajun https://illinoistimes.com/article-21314-cook-like-a-cajun.html Cook like a Cajun
 Food and music top the list of things I’m passionate about. Several years ago I saw a southwest Louisiana band called the Red Stick Ramblers who played a mix of Cajun, Texas Swing and gypsy ja...]]>
Focaccia, the gateway bread https://illinoistimes.com/article-21300-focaccia-the-gateway-bread.html Focaccia, the gateway bread
 The heat of summer seems like an odd time to crank up the oven, but there’s never a better time for chewy, flavor-packed focaccia. This recipe was the gateway bread for me, introducing me to t...]]>
Mail order hits and misses - Bagna cauda brings back memories https://illinoistimes.com/article-21273-mail-order-hits-and-misses.html Mail order hits and misses - Bagna cauda brings back memories
 Once upon a time, in the early years of my life, before downloads and streaming, there were record clubs and book clubs. The now-defunct Columbia House Record Club gave me my first opportunity t...]]>
Rhubarb, beyond pie https://illinoistimes.com/article-21250-rhubarb-beyond-pie.html Rhubarb, beyond pie
 Known by old-timers as “pie plant,” rhubarb is one of the first local produce offerings of the season. The ruby red stalks yield to a soft delicious pulp when baked or stewed and have a dist...]]>
Southeast by Southwest https://illinoistimes.com/article-21224-southeast-by-southwest.html Southeast by Southwest
 I jump on my bike and head to my neighborhood grocery store, a five-minute ride from my apartment. On the way I make a quick stop at Lang Bakery for a banh mi sandwich and a cup of Vietnamese ic...]]>
Chef mothers and kitchen kids https://illinoistimes.com/article-21194-chef-mothers-and-kitchen-kids.html Chef mothers and kitchen kids
 The food industry is notoriously tough. Long, physically demanding hours, erratic schedules, temper tantrums and razor-thin margins are commonplace in kitchens the world over. It almost seems in...]]>
Green garlic https://illinoistimes.com/article-21177-green-garlic.html Green garlic
 Before garlic matures into the pungent dried bulb we buy at the grocery store, it spends its childhood as a delicate, lightly perfumed stalk known as green garlic or spring garlic. Garlic cloves...]]>
Food flowers https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html Food flowers
 A “country lawn.” That’s how my grandmother always describes the expanse of lush green grass behind my house. Like describing an apartment in a rental ad as a “charming and vintage” in...]]>
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...]]>