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Novelty featured for food and beverages this weekend at Round Barn and Mighty Mick's in CP

Novelty featured for food and beverages this weekend at Round Barn and Mighty Mick's in CP

Round Barn Winery Distillery and Brewery is showing foreign sports cars with a vineyard backdrop and in CP Mighty Mick's is doing St. Pat's Da…

September 11, 2014 10:00 am

Bourbon takes spotlight at 54 Main Bistro

Libations and grand menu items

September 11, 2014 1:00 am

FROM the FARM: Watermelon pie an easy, unusual recipe

FROM the FARM: Watermelon pie an easy, unusual recipe

The late Orville Redenbacher happily wore the crown of "Popcorn King," and each year, made a return trek to Valparaiso to participate in the p…

September 10, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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Party apps and snacks: Experiment with assorted recipes for fall

Party apps and snacks: Experiment with assorted recipes for fall

Anytime is a good time for a party starring festive food offerings.

September 10, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Disney on Ice skater cooks up healthy offerings

Disney on Ice skater cooks up healthy offerings

In addition to the skating profession, Ryan Coombs believes cooking is also a wonderful creative outlet.

September 10, 2014 1:00 am

Busy butchering day proves a blessing

Today is our youngest child Kevin’s ninth birthday. Has it really been that long? It was also the first day of school, so he was a tired littl…

September 10, 2014 1:00 am

An easier way to poach an egg? Just get a strainer

An easier way to poach an egg? Just get a strainer

Several years ago, Lyonnais salads were quite the rage in New York's French bistros. Then the fad faded and I forgot all about them. That is, …

September 10, 2014 1:00 am

Leave them feeling full with nutritious chia seeds

Leave them feeling full with nutritious chia seeds

Pity the chia seed. For so long this nutritional powerhouse was relegated to late-night television commercials hawking sprouting cat-shaped cl…

September 10, 2014 12:00 am

First Harvest Fest at Lemon Creek, Start-to-Paint near sell-out at Bartlett's and more

First Harvest Fest at Lemon Creek, Start-to-Paint near sell-out at Bartlett's and more

Lemon Creek breaks out the harvest wine sampling this Saturday, Wednesday you can Start-to-Paint at Bartlett's and the Tibetan Monks return th…

September 04, 2014 10:00 am

FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

The late Orville Redenbacher happily wore the crown of "Popcorn King," and each year, made a return trek to Valparaiso to participate in the p…

September 03, 2014 2:00 am

DIY helps make cured salmon an everyday pleasure

DIY helps make cured salmon an everyday pleasure

The trouble with cured salmon? We tend to treat it like, well... a treat.

September 03, 2014 1:00 am

Time to pluck chickens and serve up tomato pie

Greetings from the Yoders!

September 03, 2014 1:00 am

Tequila and ice cream: A delicious pairing

Tequila and ice cream: A delicious pairing

Here's a summer fact you need to know: aged tequilas pair beautifully with ice cream.

September 03, 2014 1:00 am

Kitchen whimsy: Latest housewares items cooking up fun

Kitchen whimsy: Latest housewares items cooking up fun

These days, home cooks surely can take pleasure in the kitchen craft with the amount of items that are user-friendly, designed with cool techn…

September 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Michigan candy maker credits success to nostalgia

Michigan candy maker credits success to nostalgia

The company best known perhaps for its bumpy cake has had a recent journey to success that's been anything but.

September 02, 2014 12:28 pm

September microbrews, music and eating experiences as the season takes shape

September microbrews, music and eating experiences as the season takes shape

Fall is the perfect season at the Livery with its line-up of microbrews and music and a look ahead at River Rendezvous and Motown kicks off th…

August 28, 2014 10:00 am

Perfect Pairings takes on Thai theme

Perfect Pairings takes on Thai theme

Horseshoe Casino's recent Perfect Pairings event on Aug. 21 starred a variety of Thai flavors.

August 28, 2014 1:00 am

A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

The management and staff at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa are happy to say their entertainment oasis, on the shores of blue and beautiful La…

August 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: WGN Radio celebrates 90 years as farmer favorite

FROM the FARM: WGN Radio celebrates 90 years as farmer favorite

WLS AM in Chicago launched on April 12, 1924, started and owned by Sears-Roebuck and Company to target the lucrative farming market.

August 27, 2014 2:00 am

Celebrity Kitchen: Cirque Shanghai performer shares pork recipe

Celebrity Kitchen: Cirque Shanghai performer shares pork recipe

Wang Tao showcases precise circus feats but he's also a talented cook.

August 27, 2014 1:00 am

An easy 2-step process to get more from veggies

An easy 2-step process to get more from veggies

Want to get the most out of your late summer tomatoes and eggplants? Try the simple two-step prep we use for these easy crostini.

August 27, 2014 1:00 am

Food Bites

Halfway to St. Patty's Day

August 27, 2014 1:00 am

Banishing the blues with healthy blueberry muffins

Banishing the blues with healthy blueberry muffins

Ripe, plentiful blueberries are such a highlight of summer that some of us are prone to getting the blueberry blues during the rest of the year.

August 27, 2014 1:00 am

Routine surgery takes scary turn

It is Sunday evening around 9 p.m. All is quieting down here at the Eicher homestead. Tomorrow looks like a busy day and this column needs to …

August 27, 2014 1:00 am

Japanese rice updates the tired old stuffed pepper

Japanese rice updates the tired old stuffed pepper

Here's the thing about baked stuffed peppers... Plenty of people hate them. And when you consider the classic approach to this dish, it's hard…

August 27, 2014 1:00 am

Holiday fixin's: What to serve with your Labor Day burgers and hot dogs

Holiday fixin's: What to serve with your Labor Day burgers and hot dogs

Burgers. Dogs. Steaks. Maybe some sausages. We know you've got the grilling part of your Labor Day cookout covered. So rather than mess with t…

August 26, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

Farming is hip in New England.

August 26, 2014 12:28 pm

Garden Vegetable Crustless Quiche

Garden Vegetable Crustless Quiche

1 1/2 cups egg substitute

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Chef Rick Bayless finds a woman who understands him and wine, cheese in Douglas

Chef Rick Bayless finds a woman who understands him and wine, cheese in Douglas

A few words about Cascabel on stage at the Goodman through August 31st and the first annual Cheese Monger Games in Douglas on Saturday.---Pat …

August 21, 2014 10:00 am

Trisha Yearwood re-emerges twice as busy

Trisha Yearwood re-emerges twice as busy

Once intent on scaling back her career to focus on family, country singer Trisha Yearwood now finds herself with two — platinum-selling musici…

August 21, 2014 1:00 am

Anniversaries in the restaurant spotlight

Celebrating Glenwood Oaks

August 20, 2014 1:00 am

Classic frozen pop from childhood remade as a pie

Classic frozen pop from childhood remade as a pie

Let's get one thing clear: I am not proud of this recipe.

August 20, 2014 1:00 am

Wedding invitations and soft pretzels abound

Canning season is in full swing. This past week we canned hot peppers (Serrano), dill pickles and salsa. I have a lot more tomatoes that need …

August 20, 2014 1:00 am

Old-world tradition stars in Bucharest

Old-world tradition stars in Bucharest

There's no better place in Bucharest for food or a cold drink than Caru cu Bere, a fabled restaurant in the Old City that has been serving col…

August 20, 2014 1:00 am

Culinary magic in 'Cascabel': Chicago chef Rick Bayless delivers flavor, pizzazz on stage

Culinary magic in 'Cascabel': Chicago chef Rick Bayless delivers flavor, pizzazz on stage

Mexican food fans in Chicago and around the world long have believed Rick Bayless exhibits a wizardry of sorts in creating standout, artistic recipes.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Lebanese family recipes have a rich tradition

FROM the FARM: Lebanese family recipes have a rich tradition

In the 12 years I've written this recipe column and three cookbooks, I don't believe I've ever featured any true Lebanese recipe specialties.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Back to school also means back to lunch duty

Back to school also means back to lunch duty

Ready for another 180?

August 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Summer fruit crisp cooked in the most summery way

Summer fruit crisp cooked in the most summery way

When we think "hot off the grill," we usually think about something meaty. But this time of year I also like to grill desserts!

August 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Turning your zucchini abundance into no-fry fries

Turning your zucchini abundance into no-fry fries

Those darn zucchini! There's an army of them occupying your garden right now and each one is as big as a blimp.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Want new wine choices? Look back to the Old World

Want new wine choices? Look back to the Old World

Fancy some furmint? How about a nice glass of grillo? If you've never heard of either, chances are you will. Wine lists are getting a makeover…

August 19, 2014 2:04 pm

Sassy Xoco Wicker Park plys Mexican comfort food with an edge

Sassy Xoco Wicker Park plys Mexican comfort food with an edge

It would be easy for Chicago diners to take for granted how good they have it.

August 14, 2014 1:47 pm

Total Recall: Outdoor spaces in August and the last good blueberry weekend

Total Recall: Outdoor spaces in August and the last good blueberry weekend

Sawyer Home and Garden Center in Michigan has made it official. This is the last weekend to get truly excellent blueberries, in case you don’t…

August 14, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Giuseppe's wins praise for authentic Italian recipes

Giuseppe's wins praise for authentic Italian recipes

Joe Belmonte and his family have the recipe for superb Italian fare and they're serving it at Giuseppe's Restaurant in Schererville.

August 14, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Keep Labor Day healthy with grilled chicken salad

Keep Labor Day healthy with grilled chicken salad

Labor Day, summer's last hurrah, is a feast day. And mostly we tend to overdo it. Ribs, steaks, burgers and hot dogs? Check, check, check and check!

August 13, 2014 1:00 am

10 fresh ways to dress corn on the cob

10 fresh ways to dress corn on the cob

It's hard to improve on the delicious simplicity of summer perfect corn on the cob slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt.

August 13, 2014 1:00 am

A shaved salsa that needs no tomatoes, no chopping

A shaved salsa that needs no tomatoes, no chopping

We generally assume two things about salsa that we shouldn't.

August 13, 2014 1:00 am

Lovina's Amish Kitchen: A wedding with sweet nothings

August is well underway, and 2014 is more than half gone. Time just goes faster and faster. It is just amazing how the years go one after anot…

August 13, 2014 1:00 am

Gin shakes things up with aged, new products

Gin shakes things up with aged, new products

For a French cognac expert, Alexandre Gabriel has some interesting things to say about gin.

August 13, 2014 1:00 am

FROM the FARM: Birthday party memory includes young Betsy Palmer

FROM the FARM: Birthday party memory includes young Betsy Palmer

Today is my 44th birthday, but rather than writing about my birthday party celebrations, today's column highlights this special day by sharing…

August 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cakewalk to Oz: Students lend a wizard's touch to dessert creations

Cakewalk to Oz: Students lend a wizard's touch to dessert creations

The merry, magical land of Oz came to life at one of Chicago's iconic hotels.

August 12, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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