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"Smokin' In The Boys' Room" by Melissa Cookston

"Smokin' In The Boys' Room" by Melissa Cookston

Top pitmaster and restaurateur Melissa Cookston, two-time overall world champion and "the winningest woman in barbecue," has created a new cookbook to guide grill enthusiasts about the art of barbecue and smoking meats. It is $22.99 in stores or at andrewsmcmeel.com.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am
Bijoux French Press

Bijoux French Press

The artistically designed BonJour Chevron French Press offers a striking, stainless steel frame with V-shape cutout patterns. New Chevron is available in the eight-cup size. It is $59.99 at bonjourproducts.com or (800) 226-6568.

August 02, 2014 12:00 am
Dave Matthews' Dreaming Tree Wines

Dave Matthews' Dreaming Tree Wines

The Dreaming Tree wines, a collection of California-based wines from world-renowned musician Dave Matthews and an award-winning California winemaking team, are a popular new pouring idea for summer 2014. This wine line pairs perfectly for everything from an elegant dinner to a backyard barbe…

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
Suddenly Grain Salads

Suddenly Grain Salads

The Suddenly Salad line from General Mills is expanding its pasta salad options to now include grain salads. These new mixes are a wholesome blend of grains such as brown rice, wild rice, wheat berries and quinoa, paired with flavorful nuts and spices in boil-in-bag prep packaging for conven…

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
OXO Good Grips Grape and Small Tomato Slicing Guide

OXO Good Grips Grape and Small Tomato Slicing Guide

Oxo, the go-to maker of helpful kitchen tools and gadgets, looked at the job of cutting small tomatoes and grapes, fruits that can easily roll off a cutting board and typically require being cut one at a time. They've developed the Oxo Good Grips Grape and Tomato Slicing Guide to make the ta…

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
Former Strongbow chef a finalist on Hell's Kitchen

Former Strongbow chef a finalist on Hell's Kitchen

One of the two finalists on tonight’s season finale of Fox Network’s Hell’s Kitchen is a former chef at Valparaiso’s Strongbow Inn.

July 24, 2014 4:15 pm
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
"Knife Skills" by Chef Bill Collins

"Knife Skills" by Chef Bill Collins

Chef Bill Collins has written a handy guide to knife know-how. The 106-page hardcover is a clear, compact and easy-to-read, covering everything from proper storage and choosing cutlery to how to slice, chop, peel and dice fruits and vegetables with ease. It includes step-by-step instructions…

July 19, 2014 12:00 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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"Two Fat Ladies" Motorbike

"Two Fat Ladies" Motorbike

A trained lawyer, Clarissa Dickson Wright (in sidecare) was paired with equally hefty and happy Jennifer Paterson, the latter who sported bright red lipstick and round, thick glasses, for the cooking show "Two Fat Ladies" launched on BBC network in 1996.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
Purdue launches herb garden to promote healthy cooking

Purdue launches herb garden to promote healthy cooking

Martha Lowry and Matthew Dudzik remove dead leaves and weeds from basil plants in the Purdue Calumet campus herb garden. The garden concept, launched last summer behind the PUC Recreation Center in Hammond, is designed to help encourage healthy cooking.

March 01, 2014 12:00 am
Baking in Winter: A Sweet Mess of Favorite Cookie Recipes

Baking in Winter: A Sweet Mess of Favorite Cookie Recipes

The holiday season is prime time for baking, sharing and eating cookies.

February 18, 2014 2:30 am Photos

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Red and white quinoa grain in bowls

Red and white quinoa grain in bowls

Red and white quinoa grain in glass bowls on white background

February 02, 2014 12:00 am
Potempa talking mint Sunday on NBC

Potempa talking mint Sunday on NBC

Times columnist Philip Potempa will share candy cane peppermint origins and holiday food traditions on the 8 a.m. Sunday NBC 5 Chicago television newscast.

December 21, 2013 12:00 am
A sweet holiday tradition: Staff shares cookie recipes for festive family tables

A sweet holiday tradition: Staff shares cookie recipes for festive family tables

The holiday season is prime time for baking, sharing and eating cookies.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Valparaiso author's new cookbook pays homage to Puerto Rican favorites

Valparaiso author's new cookbook pays homage to Puerto Rican favorites

Authentic Puerto Rican cooking is a lost art in the U.S. according to a Valparaiso cook-turned-cookbook author.

November 12, 2013 10:30 pm Photos

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46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest $1 Million Recipe Grand Prize Winner Glori Spriggs and her Loaded Potato Pinwheels

46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest $1 Million Recipe Grand Prize Winner Glori Spriggs and her Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Glori Spriggs of Henderson, Nevada walks with her original recipe, Loaded Potato Pinwheels, to submit to judges at the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, held Monday Nov. 11 in the ballroom of the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Spriggs, one of the 100 finalists who competed from around th…

November 12, 2013 1:00 pm
Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist Kathy Ferder and Kellie White of Missouri with the Pillsbury Doughboy Monday at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas

Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist Kathy Ferder and Kellie White of Missouri with the Pillsbury Doughboy Monday at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas

Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalists Kathy Ferder, left, displaying her completed recipe for Kickin' Spinach Cheese Bites, and Kellie White, both of Missouri pose with the Pillsbury Doughboy Monday in the ballroom of the Aria Hotel and Casino at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas.

November 12, 2013 12:00 am
Finalist Kellie White of Valley Park, Missouri Chats with 'Top Chef' TV Host Padma Lakshmi Monday at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas

Finalist Kellie White of Valley Park, Missouri Chats with 'Top Chef' TV Host Padma Lakshmi Monday at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas

Finalist Kellie White of Valley Park, Missouri chats with "Top Chef" TV Host Padma Lakshmi Monday at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in the ballroom of the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

November 12, 2013 12:00 am
VIDEO: Julie Beckwith Cooking at the 2012 Pillsbury Bake-Off

VIDEO: Julie Beckwith Cooking at the 2012 Pillsbury Bake-Off

Finalist Julie Beckwith of Crete competes in the ballroom of the Peabody Hotel in Orlando on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off creating her Chicken Italiana Sliders.

November 06, 2013 12:00 am
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