IllinoisTimes - Food https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-82-1-food.html Tue, 20 Aug 19 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 Fried chicken for the fair https://illinoistimes.com/article-21517-fried-chicken-for-the-fair.html Fried chicken for the fair
 “On fair day my mother would always get up at four o’clock in the morning to fry chicken to take along,” my grandmother mused as we drove along looking for the best parking deal. “She’...]]>
Too much watermelon! https://illinoistimes.com/article-21478-too-much-watermelon_.html Too much watermelon!
 The average American household throws away more than $1,500 worth of food every year, according to the James Beard Foundation. Last year the foundation launched Waste Not, a multi-year campaign...]]>
Bake a fruity dessert for any season https://illinoistimes.com/article-21470-bake-a-fruity-dessert-for-any-season.html Bake a fruity dessert for any season
 Buckle, grunt, cobbler, Betty, crumble and crisp. What sounds like a ragtag cast of characters from a comic book are actually the shining stars of the summer’s dessert scene. Quick, adaptable ...]]>
How you’ll be making eggs from now on https://illinoistimes.com/article-21442-how-you%25E2%2580%2599ll-be-making-eggs-from-now-on.html How you’ll be making eggs from now on
 Just as a pilot trains in a flight simulator before taking off in a 737, before I ever performed a dental procedure in the mouth of a living person I had rehearsed the operation numerous times o...]]>
Oops! I did it again. - What to do with too many cukes https://illinoistimes.com/article-21426-oops_-i-did-it-again.html Oops! I did it again. - What to do with too many cukes
 Overcome by the zeal of spring gardening, I planted way too many cucumber plants and am once more inundated with daily harvests of bright green fruit. In addition to filling out my dinner table ...]]>
Quick pickles, for a sexy kick https://illinoistimes.com/article-21397-quick-pickles-for-a-sexy-kick.html Quick pickles, for a sexy kick
 My summers during college and dental school were spent farming with Julianne’s grandfather, Bob Stevens, on North Cotton Hill Road. We were what was known as a “truck farm,” a term that he...]]>
The secret to grilling? The oven. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21387-the-secret-to-grilling-the-oven.html The secret to grilling? The oven.
 The grill can be difficult to master. Grilled chicken legs, for example, sounds straightforward enough, but cooking them evenly without burning the skin into a mess of char takes attention and t...]]>
Optimal flavor starts with superior seeds https://illinoistimes.com/article-21354-optimal-flavor-starts-with-superior-seeds.html Optimal flavor starts with superior seeds
 In a recent op-ed published in the New York Times, renowned chef and author Dan Barber wrote: “As a chef I can tell you that your meal will be incalculably more delicious if I’m cooking with...]]>
Celebrate cabbage https://illinoistimes.com/article-21344-celebrate-cabbage.html Celebrate cabbage
I’ve often wondered why, amongst the superfood dino kale and Brussels sprouts craze, old-fashioned cabbage hasn’t been more celebrated. Versatile, inexpensive, nutritious and only 22 calories per ...]]>
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...]]>