IllinoisTimes - Food https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Sat, 18 Aug 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Eggplant three ways https://illinoistimes.com/article-20324-eggplant-three-ways.html Eggplant three ways
 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...]]>
Zucchini and summer squash https://illinoistimes.com/article-20291-zucchini-and-summer-squash.html Zucchini and summer squash
 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...]]>
Lamb 101 https://illinoistimes.com/article-20258-lamb-101.html Lamb 101
 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...]]>
Sangria https://illinoistimes.com/article-20235-sangria.html Sangria
Few beverages look more enticing at a summer soiree than a big pitcher of sangria. Ripe fruits suspended in a concoction of dry wine, seltzer, a bit of sugar and liqueur make up this traditional Spani...]]>
Cold noodles for hot days https://illinoistimes.com/article-20224-cold-noodles-for-hot-days.html Cold noodles for hot days
 Despite our president’s suspicion that global warming is a hoax, all-time high temperatures are being recorded across the world, from Denver to Montreal to Scotland to Oman to Pakistan. Temper...]]>
Fresh blueberry pie https://illinoistimes.com/article-20202-fresh-blueberry-pie.html Fresh blueberry pie
Memory is a funny thing. As easily as you can forget what you ate for lunch yesterday, a single whiff of an aroma from the past can transport you back in time. Every time I make a batch of my great-gr...]]>
The Midwest Supper Club Revival https://illinoistimes.com/article-20167-the-midwest-supper-club-revival.html The Midwest Supper Club Revival
 I’ve had some pretty amazing dining experiences in my life, like the time I had a 14-course meal at Chicago’s top-rated Alinea. I don’t remember much about the first 13 courses,...]]>
Hot summer, cold soups https://illinoistimes.com/article-20140-hot-summer-cold-soups.html Hot summer, cold soups
 As I write this, I’ve just come in from the garden, and it’s so hot outside that by 10 a.m. the morning sun was beating down, and even in the shade, sweat was freely running into my eyes. I�...]]>
When life gives you lemons, preserve them https://illinoistimes.com/article-20127-when-life-gives-you-lemons-preserve-them.html When life gives you lemons, preserve them
From every restaurant in which I’ve apprenticed, I’ve walked away with at least one “pearl” of kitchen wisdom that has helped me up my cooking game. Sometimes I learn a clever little trick to...]]>
Rosé all day https://illinoistimes.com/article-20087-rose-all-day.html Rosé all day
 Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. It wasn’t long ago that the selection of good dry rosé wines was limited in wine shops and practically nonexistent in grocery stores. Now, en...]]>
Our favorite Thai topper - Help for peanut sauce fans https://illinoistimes.com/article-20075-our-favorite-thai-topper.html Our favorite Thai topper - Help for peanut sauce fans
 I have been very fond of the Magic Kitchen’s tiny fried eggrolls and accompanying peanut sauce as long as I have lived in Springfield. In fact, I am so much in love that I never share my order...]]>
Mostarda a must https://illinoistimes.com/article-20038-mostarda-a-must.html Mostarda a must
 Last Saturday at the farmers market, I was attempting to make my way back to my car and head home, arms sore and tired from toting around an overflowing market basket and a hot and stroppy five-...]]>
All the asparagus https://illinoistimes.com/article-20029-all-the-asparagus.html All the asparagus
 I dearly love asparagus – but I only allow myself to enjoy it in the spring and early summer, when local asparagus becomes available. After a winter of trying to come up with interesting and v...]]>
The best time of the food year - The opening of the farmers market https://illinoistimes.com/article-19993-the-best-time-of-the-food-year.html The best time of the food year - The opening of the farmers market
 This Saturday is the opening day of the Old Capitol Farmers Market (OCFM). I’ve had the day circled in my calendar for weeks now – I feel like a little kid counting the days until her birthd...]]>
Irreverent paella https://illinoistimes.com/article-19973-irreverent-paella.html Irreverent paella
I was traveling recently and needed to stop for a dinner break while en route. I found an attractive looking restaurant that specialized in “fusion” cuisine. I ordered a grilled chicken Banh Mi an...]]>
Mother’s Day brunch at home https://illinoistimes.com/article-19943-mother%25E2%2580%2599s-day-brunch-at-home.html Mother’s Day brunch at home
 If you forgot to make a reservation or simply don’t want to face the Mother’s Day brunch crowds, here’s an elegant, make-ahead menu that is fully customizable and easy enough to make with...]]>
Not for the rich, for the planet - In praise of Vicia https://illinoistimes.com/article-19935-not-for-the-rich-for-the-planet.html Not for the rich, for the planet - In praise of Vicia
 It was the middle of the afternoon of my second day staging at the celebrated new St. Louis restaurant Vicia. (It’s pronounced “stah-jing. That’s French for voluntarily working your butt o...]]>
Aioli or eughhh? - A passion for mayonnaise https://illinoistimes.com/article-19900-aioli-or-eughhh.html Aioli or eughhh? - A passion for mayonnaise
 Increasingly, we seem to live in a world divided. Folks seem to fall firmly on one side of the proverbial fence or the other: conservatives versus liberals, paleo diet versus plant-based diet, C...]]>
Vegetable-forward cuisine - Vegetables make their way to the center of the plate https://illinoistimes.com/article-19888-vegetable-forward-cuisine.html Vegetable-forward cuisine - Vegetables make their way to the center of the plate
 Last month I was in St. Louis on an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon. I was sitting in the covered patio of Vicia, a new restaurant in the Central West End. Several of the window panels had be...]]>
Morel mushrooms https://illinoistimes.com/article-19848-morel-mushrooms.html Morel mushrooms
 Around mid-April, after the roaring March winds have yielded to the mild rains of spring, seemingly normal people begin to disappear into the woods. Young and old, they steal away to secret patc...]]>
Gonzo garbanzos - The power of chickpeas https://illinoistimes.com/article-19825-gonzo-garbanzos.html Gonzo garbanzos - The power of chickpeas
 It’s that time of year when I’ve about used up last fall’s winter squash in my basement and all of last summer’s vegetables from my freezer and I’m looking for meal planning inspiratio...]]>
Sauerkraut and sausages with a French accent https://illinoistimes.com/article-19802-sauerkraut-and-sausages-with-a-french-accent.html Sauerkraut and sausages with a French accent
 In my last IT column (Fermented Foods- March 1), I discussed the benefits of incorporating fermented foods into your dietary regimen and I included instruction on how to make Easy Homemade Sauer...]]>
A kid’s place is in the kitchen https://illinoistimes.com/article-19787-a-kid%25E2%2580%2599s-place-is-in-the-kitchen.html A kid’s place is in the kitchen
 Research shows that cooking from scratch and regularly sharing family dinner improves both physical and mental health in many ways. But there is one benefit of cooking at home that doesn’t get...]]>
Such a good feeling - Mr. Rogers and cooking for helpers https://illinoistimes.com/article-19751-such-a-good-feeling.html Such a good feeling - Mr. Rogers and cooking for helpers
 Old episodes of “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” have been my daughter’s show of choice lately. And truthfully, I’ve enjoyed having this soft-spoken gentleman and his kind earnest words back...]]>
Fermented foods https://illinoistimes.com/article-19728-fermented-foods.html Fermented foods
 It is estimated that our body is composed of over 10 trillion cells; inhabiting our skin and respiratory passages and digestive systems are 10 times that number of bacteria. These bacteria are k...]]>
Comfort in a pan https://illinoistimes.com/article-19707-comfort-in-a-pan.html Comfort in a pan
 Casseroles mean comfort. Referring to both the type of recipe and the vessel it is cooked in, casseroles can do double duty as a side dish or main course when paired with a simple green salad. M...]]>
Good for the gut - Bone broth for what ails you https://illinoistimes.com/article-19683-good-for-the-gut.html Good for the gut - Bone broth for what ails you
All my life I’ve struggled with bouts of insomnia. When I was in college I had a Social Psychology lecture right after lunch. I remember very little about the content of the course, but I do remembe...]]>
Carp: If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em https://illinoistimes.com/article-19658-carp-if-you-can%25E2%2580%2599t-beat-%25E2%2580%2599em-eat-%25E2%2580%2599em.html Carp: If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em
 They say that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. Likewise, when invasive fish take over the waterways in more than half of U.S. states, threatening the native ecologies and vi...]]>
Cold weather comfort - Pot-au-feu will get you through https://illinoistimes.com/article-19646-cold-weather-comfort.html Cold weather comfort - Pot-au-feu will get you through
I love cooking outdoors, even in winter. The aromas of roasting meat and wood smoke intermingling in the crisp, cold air call out to me and awaken my appetite.  Recently, however, the prolonged c...]]>
My face-off with Instant Pot https://illinoistimes.com/article-19614-my-face-off-with-instant-pot.html My face-off with Instant Pot
 I’m not one for single-use kitchen appliances or gadgets. Bread makers take up too much space, and generally I’m not a fan of slow cookers. They’re fine for making broth or reheating soup,...]]>