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Pie filling stores up summer sweetness

Pie filling stores up summer sweetness

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. Susan makes them just like Leah does.

12 hours ago

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.

12 hours ago

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 schedule usually leaves too little time to get dinner on the table.

12 hours ago

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, he adds a mystery ingredient — bacon jam.

12 hours ago

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 solution that requires no more heat than is necessary to grill up some bread.

12 hours ago

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. This is especially important when contemplating back-to-school lunches. A brown bag lunch should be something to look forward to. And even a peanut butter and je…

12 hours ago

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 things: they wanted an ethnic festival, and they wanted it to stand out from the rest.

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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.

13 hours ago

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.

13 hours ago

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 country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates — without turni…

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.--- Pat Colander, Associate Editor and Publisher, Shore Magazine.

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 pao recipe, just move along.

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. Susan makes them just like Leah does.

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 Sarah Boyajian of Hammond asked me an interesting question.

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 decades of recipes and advice.

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 pairing it with right wine or in some cases, a handcrafted microbrew.

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 Chicago on Sunday. --- Pat Colander, Associate Editor and Publisher, Shore Magazine.

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 through the delicious heaviness of the rich meat.

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 Sarah Boyajian of Hammond asked me an interesting question.

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 weekend, there are many local options for that morning meal.

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

Blueberry Bliss: Time is ripe for picking

Blueberry Bliss: Time is ripe for picking

Fruit lovers know mid-summer brings blueberries to the forefront.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Strawberries fade, but memories bloom in July

FROM the FARM: Strawberries fade, but memories bloom in July

While serving as guest speaker at Saturday's 60th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration for St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary of Hobart, reader Sarah Boyajian of Hammond asked me an interesting question.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am

Edible Flowers: Beyond a pop of color, flowers bring big flavor

Edible Flowers: Beyond a pop of color, flowers bring big flavor

Sure they're safe to eat but we don't often munch on them; instead we push them aside to get to the main course. But edible flowers come in all varieties and tastes.

June 29, 2014 12:54 pm Photos

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Corn Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Lemon-Chive Cream

Corn Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Lemon-Chive Cream

1/4 cup light sour cream

June 29, 2014 1:00 am

Prepare for produce and major deck-dining this season

Prepare for produce and major deck-dining this season

This weekend we will be entertaining houseguests and home-grilling. Ever optimistic about the weather, we have abandoned Plan B and will fire up the Weber no matter what.--- Pat Colander, Associate Editor and Publisher, Shore Magazine.

June 26, 2014 10:00 am

Meatheads opens first eatery in Northwest Indiana

Meatheads opens first eatery in Northwest Indiana

Personnel behind Meatheads, the casual eatery with the slogan "thoughtful food by caring people" recently brought the restaurant to Northwest Indiana.

June 26, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Holiday sweets: Keep the grill going for a colorful July 4 dessert

Holiday sweets: Keep the grill going for a colorful July 4 dessert

As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate July Fourth by busting out the grill.

June 25, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Phyllo stands in for crust in healthy cherry pie

Phyllo stands in for crust in healthy cherry pie

My all-time favorite dessert is cherry pie. Yes, I rank it higher than any chocolate concoction you can name. I even like the gluey, over-thickened versions served up in diners.

June 25, 2014 1:00 am

Toasting July Fourth in true colonial fashion

Toasting July Fourth in true colonial fashion

You know George Washington and John Hancock as founding fathers. But what about George Washington, successful whiskey distiller? Or John Hancock, fortified wine importer?

June 25, 2014 1:00 am

Sweet and savory treats at new Harry Potter park

Sweet and savory treats at new Harry Potter park

Food at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley park at Universal Orlando Resort is based on traditional British cuisine, with some unusual twists inspired by the Harry Potter books and films. And it's very different from the Ame…

June 25, 2014 1:00 am

Double dose of lemon-pepper pops in pulled chicken

Double dose of lemon-pepper pops in pulled chicken

For a fresh take on barbecued pulled pork we decided to reinvent it from the bottom up. And we started by ditching the pork.

June 25, 2014 1:00 am

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.

June 25, 2014 1:00 am

It's Time: Tomorrow is Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest at Weko Beach

It's Time: Tomorrow is Lake Michigan Shore Wine Fest at Weko Beach

Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival begins mid-day Saturday at Weko Beach; GR is extending the August Restaurant week to 12 days and July is national hot-dog month.--- Pat Colander, Associate Editor and Publisher, Shore Magazine.

June 19, 2014 10:00 am

The time is ripe for picking strawberries

The time is ripe for picking strawberries

Strawberry season is upon the Region. Produce fans will find there are many opportunities to pick and purchase the juicy red fruit.

June 19, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Pie filling stores up summer sweetness

Pie filling stores up summer sweetness

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.…

12 hours ago

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.

12 hours ago
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