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As August gets underway, it’s a great time to plan a family outing to gather up and enjoy freshly-picked apples. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:06:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Lt. David Haynes ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Police Lt. David Haynes eats fewer doughnuts and more vegan meals than you’d think. Other than that, he’s a walking cliche — a cop who knows where to find good food all over the city because let’s face it, cops just know. Haynes, 46, is co-author of the 2011 book, “The Beat Cop’s Guide to Chicago Eats,” with humorist Chris “Bull” Garlington. It’s a paean to the places that serve solid, inexpensive meals in under 30 minutes (the duration of a cop’s lunch break, which occurs day or night depending on the shift). “I really like places where the … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:08:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Grill the last course with upside down cake ]]> Lead story image

Amid the many suggestions for summer grilling — burgers, pizza and chicken — there is little offered to feed the sweet tooth. But everyone enjoys dessert, and special summer fetes require it. My countertop fruit bowl offered a mixture of fruits, some not in their prime. There were luscious blueberries beckoning from the refrigerator and some last-of-the-season rhubarb needed attention. What could I do with this celebration of summer? When George Stephen invented the kettle grill in Chicago’s West Loop in 1951, I’m sure he was not thinking dessert. But years of experimenting by avid outdoor cooks has produced ideas … ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:55:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Step right up: County Fairs roll in for old-fashioned summer fun ]]> Lead story image

If you want to see a real live cow, or watch a pig race, or see cars smash up each other, there’s no place like the county fair. There are several county fairs that hearken back to the state’s agricultural roots. Here’s a look at when and where: KANE COUNTY FAIR The 146th Kane County Fair runs July 16-20 in St. Charles. Back again are the free acts, like Swifty Swine racing pigs, KidsBucks Game Show, Miller Petting Zoo, Kiddy Land with younger age-appropriate rides and games, the Sheer Magic show, the big cat show and the talent show, said … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:49:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ New potatoes make their debut this season ]]> Lead story image

I proudly say I’m from Chicago, but my roots are on a farm in Central Illinois where growing all of our own food was a fact of life. To feed our family there were two huge garden plots to be planted, tended and harvested. Everything that went into those gardens had a specific set of rules according to “signs of the moon” and the Farmer’s Almanac. Good Friday was always the day for planting potatoes. In sunshine or in rain, my dad believed that was the only day to plant if you wanted a guaranteed harvest a few weeks later, … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:08:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Don Sritong ]]> Lead story image

As a kid, Don Sritong longed for good ol’ American hot dogs and hamburgers, not his Thai mom’s spiced attempts at them. Now, of course, he craves his mom’s cooking. The spicier, the better. A sommelier, Sritong always thinks in terms of balance, which explains the detailed menu pairings at his restaurant Coppervine, 1962 N. Halsted. When he eats out, authenticity appeals most to him — but a full-bodied Brunello always helps. Top Thai: “Opart Thai [4658 N. Western] is the real deal. Their ‘Tiger Cry’ beef salad with fresh lime, cilantro, chilies... the beef should be just at medium-rare … ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:04:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pies not always a July 4th staple ]]> Lead story image

Apple pie may be as American as the Fourth of July, but it probably wasn’t on the table when the holiday first began. “There wouldn’t have been a whole lot of apples around this time of year,” says Mary Thompson, research historian at Mount Vernon, the plantation estate of George Washington. “They would have eaten them all from last year, and this year’s crop wouldn’t have come in yet.” From blueberry to strawberry to the pie that combines them to represent the flag, pie is associated with Independence Day. But back in the 18th and 19th centuries, when the holiday … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ What to do with — Chayote ]]> Lead story image

Although you can eat chayote seeds and leaves, most people just eat the bulbous, pear-like fruit. ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Salt fish is flavorful way to enjoy seafood ]]> Lead story image

Salting cod preserves, and concentrates flavor; it also gives fish a pleasant chewiness. ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ What to do with — sardines ]]> Lead story image

Canned sardines are undeniably humble food — but tasty! ]]> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ What to do with — Romaine ]]> Lead story image

Somewhat surprisingly, given its lightweight appearance, Romaine lettuce is almost 20-percent protein, containing all eight amino acids. ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Iconic drive-in Superdawg teams up with craft brewery ]]> Lead story image

Superdawg has teamed with Irving Park’s Lake Effect Brewing Company to make Super Bier, a German-style brew designed to pair with hot dogs. ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:00:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ FOOD: Dress up Memorial Day burgers with beer cheese and fried tomatoes ]]> Lead story image

Memorial Day weekend presents the perfect opportunity to fire up the grill, welcome cookout season in earnest and celebrate the humble hamburger. ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:37:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Asparagus for dessert ]]> Lead story image

Asparagus is not just for grilling. Try this dessert recipe. ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:14:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dandelion greens ]]> Lead story image

At Greektown places like the Parthenon (314 S. Halsted) or Greek Islands (800 W. Adams), you can order boiled dandelion greens — called “horta” — served hot or cold. Dandelion greens, usually large ones, are available at some Chicago grocery stores. Or, if you’re adventurous, you’ll find smaller, tenderer dandelion greens in your yard — or even in your alley. Last spring, I foraged in my Oak Park neighborhood with Nancy Klehm, an ecological systems planner and “steward of the Earth.” Klehm and I uncovered a lot of stuff to eat growing wild in a suburban alley. Of all the … ]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:04:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ FOODIE FOR THOUGHT: Philip Preston ]]> Lead story image

Philip Preston is as comfortable chatting about DNA amplification as he is deconstructed desserts. ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:31:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ T’is the season for peas at the farmers markets ]]> Lead story image

When the calendar flips  to June, a gardener’s calendar notes that it’s time for peas. There’s no mystery about that, since peas take a short 60 days from planting to maturity and, because they love cool weather, are one of the first things planted. Once they bloom, it is only a matter of days until harvest. In truth this vegetable gets overlooked. That’s too bad. It’s time to overcome those worn memories of mushy peas-and-carrots in the cafeteria or as a minor player in chicken pot pies. Because they are so common and easily grown, we may think of peas … ]]> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 18:06:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Founder of Chicago sub sandwich standout Bari Foods dead at 96 ]]> Lead story image

Joseph Pedota, who founded Bari Foods, the Grand Avenue grocery named for his Italian hometown, has died at his home in Westchester. He was 96 and lived long enough to see the thriving business he started in 1973 get passed on to the next generation. ]]> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:43:23 -0500