Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Alicia Silverstone doles out motherly advice in ‘Kind Mama’ ]]> Lead story image

She’s famous as an actress for “Clueless.” But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she’s put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, “The Kind Mama.” ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Easter treats get grownup pairings ]]> Lead story image

Easter candy is dandy. But Easter candy paired with booze? Now that’s something to put a spring in your step. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:25:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dyeing Easter eggs? Try using shaving cream ]]> Lead story image

If dyeing Easter eggs with vinegar and color tablets is feeling old, reach for a new duo: shaving cream and liquid food coloring. It’s a tactile project many kids will enjoy — especially swirling the colors into the cream. “They thought it was really cool to drop the food coloring into the shaving cream and take the toothpick and swirl it,” Sarah Barrand of Caldwell, Idaho, says of her four children. “And the shaving cream will actually even help clean up the mess afterward,” she wrote in her blog, A Thrifty Mom. As simple as the traditional egg-dyeing method but … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kosher Coke bubbles up for Passover ]]> Lead story image

Kosher Coke. It’s the real thing. The weekend before Passover begins, it flies off the shelves at stores such as Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie. For Passover, which begins Monday evening and ends April 22, Coca-Cola produces limited batches of its soft drink in accordance with kosher standards — using a blended natural sweetener derived in part from sugar cane instead of high fructose syrup made from corn, which is forbidden during Passover because it is considered a leavening agent. But even people who aren’t Jewish pour out in droves to pick up the limited kosher bottles. “At Passover, we … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:36:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hangry? Snack might help avoid fight with spouse ]]> Lead story image

A quick candy bar prevent major fights between husbands and wives. That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:04:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave ]]> Lead story image

More pro athletes are taking time off to be with their families in the delivery room. Yet Major League Baseball remains the only one of the four major professional leagues in North America to have a standardized paternity leave policy. The NFL, NBA and NHL leave the matter up to individual players and their teams. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Asparagus moves to the center of the plate ]]> Lead story image

Asparagus is a sure sign of spring. In this recipe, it moves from a side dish to the center of the plate in the form of a one-pot Asian main course. ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Yoga mat chemical’ almost out of bread, Subway says ]]> Lead story image

Subway says an ingredient dubbed the “yoga mat chemical” will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient. The ingredient, azodicarbonamide, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in food as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Art Institute reopens Modern Wing’s 3rd floor after 7 months ]]> Lead story image

After being closed since early September for repairs and maintenance, the third floor of the Art Institute of Chicago’s five-year-old Modern Wing will reopen Friday, returning to view about 300 masterworks by Picasso, Matisse and other artists from the first half of the 20th century. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:19:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blue Sky Bakery helps at-risk youth, one shift at a time ]]> Lead story image

When Steve Simms was 22, he was living on the street and desperately in need of an opportunity. ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:15:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Math may help whittle away jet lag ]]>

WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key. But how much, and when? “If you get light in the wrong time or wrong way, it’ll send you the wrong direction,” said University of Michigan math professor Daniel Forger, who led the research published this week. A master biological clock, called a circadian rhythm, regulates when we … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Carla Hall puts her own spin on global dishes ]]> Lead story image

Carla Hall, co-host of ABC TV’s “The Chew,” has “globalized” comfort food with her latest book, “Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around the World.” ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:32:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ As dieters move past calories, food makers follow ]]>

The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products that became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people’s favorite foods. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Anthony Bourdain has no fear in ‘Unknown’ ]]> Lead story image

The season opener of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” illustrates what makes it unique. Bourdain tells stories about the tense border between India and Pakistan and a Sikh gathering place where a free meal is served to tens of thousands of people each day. He rides a rickety train to a Himalayan village that was a summer getaway for the ruling class, and visits a luxury home nearly frozen in time. In between, he eats. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to know about subscription sample boxes ]]> Lead story image

It’s a beauty product fan’s dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes. The trend started a few years ago with companies like Birch Box charging between $10 and $15 a month for subscriptions. But it’s recently taken off with dozens of options. There are high-end boxes, fragrance-only boxes, even vegan boxes. Here are five things to know about beauty boxes: 1. BEAUTY EXPERTS CONSIDER BIRCH BOX A PIONEER. Birch Box started about 3 1/2 years ago when two Harvard Business School classmates had the idea to … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Paris chef still Midwestern at heart ]]> Lead story image

You can take the Chicagoan out of the Midwest, but you can’t take the Midwest out of the Chicagoan. Or, at least, that’s the case with Daniel Rose, chef and owner of Spring, a destination restaurant near the Louvre in Paris that’s earned a ton of accolades and is routinely booked months in advance. “There something about the Midwest character that allows you this idea that through hard work and doing things the right way, you can allow yourself to take risks that in the end might not be so risky after all,” he says. “It’s no accident that a … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:01:55 -0500