Slices of sweetness: Watermelon still a top summer treat

Slices of sweetness: Watermelon still a top summer treat

It's crisp, sweet and refreshing. Watermelon remains a favorite seasonal treat for adults and children.

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Food Bites

Day in the Country

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Think beyond the slice with refreshing watermelon

Think beyond the slice with refreshing watermelon

Watermelon is one of those foods you really don't need to overthink.

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Young actress caught up in cooking craft

Young actress caught up in cooking craft

Avery Moss never minds stepping into the kitchen to create special treats for friends and family.

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Thirst for US craft beer grows overseas

Thirst for US craft beer grows overseas

Helping to quench a growing thirst for American craft beer overseas, some of the United States' largest craft breweries are setting up shop in…

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Ruling on antibiotics in livestock reversed

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in …

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Red Lobster clawing way back to top

Red Lobster clawing way back to top

Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and stacking the food …

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Dunkin' pushing cashiers to 'upsell' in afternoons

Dunkin' pushing cashiers to 'upsell' in afternoons

If an iced coffee from Dunkin' Donuts is part of your afternoon routine, expect a nudge to buy a cookie or doughnut you didn't plan on.

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New high-end products distill essence of vodka

New high-end products distill essence of vodka

We've had cream-flavored vodka, candy-flavored vodka, even breakfast cereal-flavored vodka. Now, producers are betting on something different,…

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FROM THE FARM: Green Family reunion includes green recipe

FROM THE FARM: Green Family reunion includes green recipe

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

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The Little Inn That Could: Harbor Shores builds a hotel like no other

The Little Inn That Could:  Harbor Shores builds a hotel like no other

Like many projects, the development at Harbor Shores, started as part of the vision of David Whitwam, now the former chairman and CEO of Whirl…

July 26, 2014 12:16 pm Photos

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In praise of The Salt Do-It-Yourself and Bunny Fisher Hostess Extraordinaire

In praise of The Salt Do-It-Yourself and Bunny Fisher Hostess Extraordinaire

A fantastic all-girl house party without kitchen gadgets, Tupperware, lingerie or sex toys, just food and champagne and contemplating a non-da…

July 24, 2014 10:00 am

Variety stars at Dante's House of Pizza

Variety stars at Dante's House of Pizza

Diners who have a taste for everything from pizza to pasta, seafood, entree salads or broasted chicken will find all of that and more on the m…

July 24, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Dining Buzz

Dinner's a Mystery

July 24, 2014 1:00 am

Pie filling stores up summer sweetness

Pie filling stores up summer sweetness

Yesterday we made 12 quarts of strawberry pie filling. We put it in the freezer instead of cold-packing it in jars.

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

In a jam? It's time to think outside the PB&J

In a jam? It's time to think outside the PB&J

It was probably 15 years ago that I discovered the magic that is a nearly empty jar of jam.

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

Steak and cheese grinder recast as a pasta dinner

Steak and cheese grinder recast as a pasta dinner

Parents love back-to-school season because it gets the whole family back on a schedule. Parents hate back-to-school season because that schedu…

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

Jams increasingly strutting their savory side

Jams increasingly strutting their savory side

When Chicago chef Gregory Ellis makes a pork belly sandwich, he doesn't stop at the belly. In addition to a fried egg and kumquat chow-chow, h…

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

A tuna sandwich by way of Mediterranean bruschetta

Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here's a delicious solutio…

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

You too can bake artisanal quality bread at home

You too can bake artisanal quality bread at home

Homemade bread really is the difference between a good sandwich and a great one.

July 23, 2014 1:00 am

Meet the new 'name' and recipes of 'Amish Cook' column

Meet the new 'name' and recipes of 'Amish Cook' column

Hi. I'm Gloria Yoder, age 24.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am

FROM THE FARM: Scottish Fest Shortbread contest boasts winners

FROM THE FARM: Scottish Fest Shortbread contest boasts winners

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am

Pierogi Paradise: Whiting's annual festival of filled dumplings and fun celebrating 20 years

Pierogi Paradise: Whiting's annual festival of filled dumplings and fun celebrating 20 years

When Marty Dybel, Tom Dabertin, and Darlene Beerling were brainstorming ideas for a new community event 21 years ago, they all agreed upon two…

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School officials try healthier cafeteria options

School officials try healthier cafeteria options

Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the …

July 20, 2014 5:51 pm

Rick Bayless celebrity event of the season and don’t forget the Festival of the Lakes

Rick Bayless celebrity event of the season and don’t forget the Festival of the Lakes

A big party in Rick and Deann Bayless' backyard and the Festival of the Lakes has an deep and eclectic menu from all over the world in Hammond…

July 17, 2014 10:00 am

Summer seafood: Local restaurants feature diverse recipes

Summer seafood: Local restaurants feature diverse recipes

During the summer, diners often look for lighter fare. One of the healthiest and lightest options for a meal is seafood of all types.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am

Rethinking a healthy breakfast meal in a muffin

Rethinking a healthy breakfast meal in a muffin

Wouldn't you love to start your day with something tastier and more substantial than that all-too-typical bowl of cold cereal?

July 16, 2014 1:00 am

A do-ahead dinner to make back-to-school smoother

A do-ahead dinner to make back-to-school smoother

A do-ahead dinner can be a lifesaver as families get accustomed to their new routines.

July 16, 2014 1:00 am

Rethinking sushi rolls for a filling packed lunch

Rethinking sushi rolls for a filling packed lunch

With a new school year on the horizon, it's time to think about what's for lunch.

July 16, 2014 1:00 am

Food Bites

Murder Mystery Dinner

July 16, 2014 1:00 am

Inauthentic, but fast and delicious kung pao pork

Inauthentic, but fast and delicious kung pao pork

Let's just get something out of the way right at the top. This is not an authentic kung pao recipe. If you are looking for an authentic kung p…

July 16, 2014 1:00 am

Welcome to Lovina's new weekly Amish recipe column

Welcome to Lovina's new weekly Amish recipe column

I'll share the sugar cookie recipe Susan made. My oldest sister, Leah, always made these. I just love them but never had any luck making them.…

July 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Happy 85th Birthday Dad!

FROM the FARM: Happy 85th Birthday Dad!

While serving as guest speaker at Saturday's 60th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration for St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary of Hobart, reader S…

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

An Amish change of path: Columnist Lovina Eicher launching new weekly feature

An Amish change of path: Columnist Lovina Eicher launching new weekly feature

"The Amish Cook" column, the popular syndicated feature that appears on Wednesdays in The Times' food section, is changing after more than two…

July 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Beyond the Burger: Beer and wine pairings for gourmet grilling

Beyond the Burger: Beer and wine pairings for gourmet grilling

With summer at its peak, it's time to move beyond grilled burgers and cold corporate brewed beer by taking it up a couple of notches and then …

July 15, 2014 2:45 pm Photos

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Lubeznik's ArtBash is foodie heaven on the beach and a beer rally in Chicago

Lubeznik's ArtBash is foodie heaven on the beach and a beer rally in Chicago

A dozen restaurants are in the mix for ArtBash at the Lubeznik Center on Saturday and there is a rally for homebrewer support at Revolution in…

July 10, 2014 10:00 am

Time to get your fill of fest fare

Time to get your fill of fest fare

Summer is prime time for festivals. And the celebratory atmosphere at fairs and fests always includes food.

July 10, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Celebrity Kitchen: Actor sails through culinary creation process

Celebrity Kitchen: Actor sails through culinary creation process

Actor Drew McVety showcases expert talents in the musical theater arena and on the culinary stage.

July 09, 2014 5:30 pm

A summer primer to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

A summer primer to grilling backyard barbecue ribs

It was one of those culinary epiphanies. I realized you rarely get great barbecued ribs from a restaurant. They have to come from backyards.

July 09, 2014 1:00 am

A summer sausage roll with a triple dose of fennel

A summer sausage roll with a triple dose of fennel

Fennel loves fat. That's why fennel seeds are such a common seasoning in sausages. They contribute a mildly peppery, fresh flavor that cuts th…

July 09, 2014 1:00 am

Food Bites

Murder Mystery Dinner

July 09, 2014 1:00 am

An impressive way to grill a whole cauliflower

An impressive way to grill a whole cauliflower

Last summer, the hip way to handle cauliflower was to treat it like a steak.

July 09, 2014 1:00 am

FROM the FARM: Tiramisu dessert tribute takes top honor at Taste of Care

FROM the FARM: Tiramisu dessert tribute takes top honor at Taste of Care

While serving as guest speaker at Saturday's 60th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration for St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary of Hobart, reader S…

July 09, 2014 12:00 am

Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

Grant Park will soon buzz with locals and tourists blending together to make the food festival of all food festivals known as Taste of Chicago.

July 08, 2014 11:18 pm Photos

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Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries and Shallots

July 06, 2014 1:00 am

Morning meals: Breakfast is served in the Region

Morning meals: Breakfast is served in the Region

Whether you're looking for a substantial breakfast to enjoy with friends before your workday begins or you'd like a leisurely breakfast on the…

July 03, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Chili gets grinder treatment for Fourth of July

Chili gets grinder treatment for Fourth of July

With all due respect to vegetarians, Fourth of July grub at my house has to hit several key criteria.

July 02, 2014 1:00 am

Jazzing up a juicy Lucy for July Fourth cookouts

Jazzing up a juicy Lucy for July Fourth cookouts

July Fourth is a wonderfully over-the-top holiday. Which is why it would be a shame to offer up just basic grilled burgers at your cookout.

July 02, 2014 1:00 am

See summer through rose-colored glasses of wine

See summer through rose-colored glasses of wine

Pink wines are white hot right now, and there's never been more to choose from.

July 02, 2014 1:00 am

July Fourth celebrations didn't always include pie

July Fourth celebrations didn't always include pie

Apple pie may be as American as the Fourth of July, but it probably wasn't on the table when the holiday first began.

July 02, 2014 1:00 am

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