Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ When life’s moving fast, turn to a slow cooker ]]> Lead story image

Judging from mail, many Swap Shop readers rely on slow cookers during these hectic holidays, especially when the method permits cooks to prepare foods while juggling other responsibilities. It also allows for additional cooking outlets when ovens and stove tops are occupied. It’s no wonder S.P. of Hanover Park, D.J. of Palatine, and M.A. of Chicago requested slow-cooker recipes for stuffing, beef stew, and baked beans. The busy kitchen staff at Spice Islands helps out with easy recipes for Slow-Cooked Chicken (or Turkey) Stuffing plus Slow Cooker Beef Stew. One of Swap’s favorite recipes for Crock Pot Baked Beans, with … ]]> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:45:45 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chef Patricio Sandoval’s flan made easy ]]> Lead story image

SWAP SHOP: Want to try something pumpkin that’s not pie this Thanksgiving? Chef Patricio Sandoval of Mercadito offers up his family’s favorite: Pumpkin Flan. ]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 06:05:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: New dishes for a new year ]]> Lead story image

Here are three dishes that’ll be great for New Year’s Day get-togethers. ]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:02:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Make holiday dishes more memorable ]]> Lead story image

Before time runs out, Swap Shop is answering Christmas-related recipe requests for a leftover turkey-cranberry sandwich, from D.E. of Woodstock; old-fashioned gingerbread cake served with whipped cream, from F.Y. of Chicago, and easy red velvet cookies, from R.P. of Chicago. Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Home Cooking, a must-have cookbook just published by Oxmoor House, provides the unique addition of horseradish to its Turkey Panini recipe. Betty Crocker’s recipe for pretty Red Velvet Cookies could not be easier — it begins with packaged sugar cookie mix. Trudy Swanson of Gurnee sent her favorite Gingerbread Cake recipe, which she found online … ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:00:42 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hanukkah must-haves: latkes and Chicken Marbella ]]>

With the eight-day Hanukkah celebration beginning at sunset Tuesday, Swap Shop is answering requests, from readers J.P. of Evanston and D.L.S. of Chicago, for latkes and Chicken Marbella, a Jewish holiday and Shabbat dinner favorite since 1982, when the recipe first appeared in The Silver Palate Cookbook. Now, enticing Chicken Marbella has been updated by celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, who includes Cascal, a fermented soda made of all-natural juices (available at Whole Foods), as an ingredient. The recipe for Potato-Ricotta Latkes comes from the Idaho Potato Commission, and Vegetable Latkes from Martha Stewart. To make 28 Vegetable Latkes: Preheat oven … ]]> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 13:46:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: A chicken pot pie preview ]]> Lead story image

Nestle Kitchens gives Swap Shop readers an edge this week with its lighter Chicken Pot Pie, a recipe the company will publish next year. This is in answer to a request from K.G. of Chicago. In addition, Paddy Meehan, a culinary specialist at Bloomingdale’s Home Store, offers up Emeril Lagasse’s Jambalaya for T.M. of Chicago. To make 10 to 12 servings of Emeril’s Jambalaya: Heat ½ cup vegetable oil in large, cast iron Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 pound sliced andouille sausage; cook. Add 3 cups chopped yellow onions, ½ cup chopped green peppers, ½ cup chopped red … ]]> Sun, 08 Jan 2012 08:01:13 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Fabulously fudgy brownies ]]> Lead story image

Today's fabulous treats - blue-ribbon winning Decadent Fudgy Nutter Brownies by Emily Carrara and Bundt Carrot Cake from Lori Sana of Chicago (requested by J.G. of Elmhurst) - are perfect for holiday get-togethers. Carrara, an attorney by trade and a baker by night, won first place in the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship at this year's DuPage County Fair. Though Swap Shop generally avoids naming specific products in recipes, a taste test comparing Ghirardelli to other popular chocolate products revealed more decadence in the brownies made with Carrara's chocolate of choice. To make Sana's Bundt Carrot Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. … ]]> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 08:00:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Turkey leftovers won’t be left out ]]> Lead story image

For Swap Shop readers, especially S.A.B. of Chicago, D.H. of Gary and C.G. of Dolton, Butterball Turkey came through with recipes for unusual ways to use turkey leftovers. Though it's difficult to beat the standbys - cold turkey sandwiches with mayo and lettuce or turkey noodle soup - these recipes can be adapted to what's in your pantry and refrigerator. To make Artichoke Turkey Pizza: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place 12-inch baked thin pizza crust on ungreased baking sheet. Top with 1 (141/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes (drained), 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts (drained and chopped), 1 cup leftover cooked … ]]> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:03:14 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Cookies with a kick, and an impressive cake ]]> Lead story image

A request by B.W. of Chicago for a cookie recipe that would be appealing to men, and one from G.U. of Chicago for Eclair Cake, brought solutions of Cocoa-Ancho Chile Cookies from Nestle and Eclair Cake variations from Carol Kurczak of Roselle, Ruth Kluchenek of Burr Ridge, J. Konopacki of Chicago and Mary Daly of Park Ridge. Swap Shop is printing Kurczak's version because she's been making it, with success, for 30 years. Her recipe calls for ready-to-spread frosting, making the cake's preparation easy enough for youngsters. Overnight refrigeration is the secret to the best Eclair Cake. Should you prefer … ]]> Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:00:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: From the Ritz to your holiday table ]]> Lead story image

Mark Payne, the chef of deca in the Ritz-Carlton Chicago, helps this week with scrumptious recipes for Butternut Squash Soup with Apple-Celery Salad and exquisite Crepes with Apple-Raisin Compote. Both creations by the British-born chef are from the deca menu. The soup is for A.P. of Rolling Meadows, who requested a butternut squash soup worthy of serving at Thanksgiving. Be sure to take the time and make the effort to add Payne's novel garnishes - a "salad" of julienned apple and celery leaves atop the pureed soup, and a dollop of sweetened sour cream on the easy-to-make crepes . Requests … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:57:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Crispy, crunchy, cheesy Halloween ]]> Lead story image

P opcorn Caramel Apples and Creepy Crawly Rice Pudding are for G.S. of Tinley Park, who requested Halloween recipes she can make with her grandkids. Crispy Crunch Apple Popcorn and Nacho Cheese Popcorn, for C.J.B. of South Bend, are unique Popcorn Board recipes for tailgate parties.  To make Crispy Crunchy Apple Popcorn: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, then butter foil. Spread 6 cups popped popcorn in pan; drizzle with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Toss popcorn and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Heat in oven 7 minutes. Sprinkle 2 cups … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:55:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Food Network chef’s recipes offer little fuss ]]> Lead story image

Swap Shop turned to personable chef Aaron McCargo Jr., star of Food Network's "Big Daddy's House" and author of Simply Done, Well Done (Wiley, $19.95), for enticing solutions to requests for tiramisu cupcakes (from L.L.M. of Chicago) and for a pasta dish featuring pesto (from F.W. of Elk Grove Village). McCargo's no-fuss approach is evident in the down-to-earth, family-friendly recipes in his first cookbook. His decadent Tiramisu Cupcakes evolved from an ordinary boxed white cake mix. Bacon and Pesto Pasta Salad is best made ahead for optimum flavor. Both recipes from the winner of the fourth season of "The Next … ]]> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:24:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Go Polish with pierogi and sauerkraut ]]> Lead story image

Celebrate October - Polish Heritage Month ­- with traditional pierogi, sauerkraut soup and beer-cheese bread. Recipes for Sauerkraut- and Mashed Potato-Stuffed Pierogi, requested by S.J.C. of Chicago, are from Marsha Anderson of Chicago, who discovered the family favorites on several years ago. When it comes to Polish Sauerkraut Soup, requested by H.F. of Wheaton, the slow-cooker version in The Everything Slow Cooker Cookbook by Margaret Kaeter is as tasty and easy as it gets. To make Basic Beer-Cheese Bread: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-low heat. Add ½ cup finely … ]]> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:29:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Warm up to corn chowder, chicken sandwich ]]> Lead story image

C ynthia Calvillo of Oak Lawn and Land O Lakes offer two thick corn chowder recipes for C.E. of Mount Prospect, and the National Chicken Council answers a request for a homemade, Potbelly-type chicken sandwich for J.R. of Chicago. The sandwich and chowder are a perfect combo. The easy-to-assemble Warm Tuscan Chicken Sandwich includes cooked chicken, Provolone cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. Adapt it with your family’s favorite ingredients and seasonings. Calvillo’s Corn Chowder get its thickness from corn, squash, potatoes and whipping cream. To make 6 (1-cup) servings of the Land O Lakes recipe for Shrimp, Corn and Chile Chowder: … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:50:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Gazpacho for end-of-summer entertaining ]]> Lead story image

With summer winding down, Swap Shop readers are eager to return to their kitchens. D.W. of Chicago's request for a "perfect" gazpacho, to use what remains in his end-of-summer garden, is answered by the North American Olive Oil Association. A request from F.W. of Joliet for a bread pudding for an early October dinner is answered with a memorable recipe from Nestle, and the Richard Gotlunds of Lemont share their favorite Bourbon Balls with J.J. of Chicago. To make Bourbon Balls: In a large bowl, mix together 2½ cups (5 dozen) crushed vanilla wafers, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons … ]]> Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:13:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Swap Shop: Saucy flavors for Labor Day ]]> Lead story image

With Labor Day weekend approaching, Allison Fishman, author of the recently released You Can Trust a Skinny Cook (Wiley Hardcover, $29.95), and contributor to the best-selling Cook Yourself Thin, delivers recipes using sauces as requested by S.W. of Chicago. Fishman's Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce and Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce - among the 140 recipes in her new cookbook - have what it takes to fill a holiday weekend. They are simple, the sauces can be prepared in advance and the results are so tasty, your guests won't believe they also are healthy and nutritious. One tip: Fishman … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:44:54 -0600