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A Tasty Mission: Chasing spies and food on the QM2

A Tasty Mission: Chasing spies and food on the QM2

Counter-espionage, double agents, straight penetration, Arnold Deutsch, The Cambridge Five - Philby, Blunt, Burgess, McLean, Cairncross -, "the bump and the pitch", Anatoly Gorskey, NKVD, MI5, the Enigma code, Bletchley Park, Michael Straight, Kitty Harris, Garbo (and I don't mean Greta).

March 30, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Boxty for Saint Patrick's

Boxty for Saint Patrick's

"...If you can't bake Boxty, Sure you'll never get a man." I'm not sure I'd go that far but boxty (Irish pancakes made with potatoes) sure are delicious!

March 12, 2014 9:00 am
Florentine Meatloaf

Florentine Meatloaf

I would ordinarily, at this time of year, write something about being in the home stretch, spring just around the corner and daylight savings on the horizon. However, the snow outside my window this Presidents Day in Chicago, is blowing at white-out levels. More comfort food is what I crave …

February 19, 2014 10:15 am
Blood Oranges: The Festive Citrus

Blood Oranges: The Festive Citrus

In my opinion, blood oranges are the most gorgeous variety of citrus there is.; the deep red color the result of a mutation that appeared in Sicily's cultivated oranges during the 17th century.

February 18, 2014 2:15 pm Photos

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More about blood oranges

More about blood oranges

If you are a reader of The Culinarian, you already know of my love for blood oranges, those beauties of the ruby red flesh and soft, thin peel that taste like a combination of berries and orange.

January 30, 2014 10:15 am
The lost art

The lost art

Many of my friends don't cook anymore. They entertain in different ways with lovely drinks parties, visits to a favorite restaurant, or other outings somewhere in the city, but (alas) no longer with dinner parties at home.

January 22, 2014 9:45 am
Party-perfect Crostini

Party-perfect Crostini

Over the years, I've often served crostini with pre-dinner drinks or at cocktail parties, but I never thought of using them as accompaniments to soup until one of my brilliant friends did so recently at lunch.

January 21, 2014 3:00 am

Blood Oranges: The Festive Citrus

In my opinion, blood oranges are the most gorgeous variety of citrus there is.; the deep red color the result of a mutation that appeared in Sicily's cultivated oranges during the 17th century.

December 27, 2013 2:15 pm
Holiday Crostini

Holiday Crostini

Over the years, I've often served crostini with pre-dinner drinks or at cocktail parties, but I never thought of using them as accompaniments to soup until one of my brilliant friends did so recently at lunch.

December 16, 2013 2:15 pm
Winter Pasta

Winter Pasta

Not to take anything away from our turkey and trimmings and those great leftovers, for the other nights at home during this hectic holiday time, you might try one of these truly delicious winter pastas.

November 25, 2013 10:45 am
A sous vide soiree

A sous vide soiree

Recently, a very inventive friend of mine had an important birthday. To celebrate, she invited a dozen women friends to the Williams-Sonoma store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue for a sous vide cooking demonstration and supper.

October 29, 2013 10:45 am
A San Diego Memory

A San Diego Memory

Chicago's late September weather has been glorious - literally strings of cloudless, sunshiny days with highs in the mid to high 70's. The deep blue skies look like those one sees in California, and I have a yen for Mexican food shared on a beach at sunset, a light sweater over the shoulders…

October 04, 2013 10:45 am
The Culinarian in Cambridge

The Culinarian in Cambridge

It was pretty much as I had hoped. A collection of colleges,some as early as the 13th century, the ancient brick buildings still resplendent through the ages, the chapels seemingly resonating with the choirs of centuries past, the great clocks chiming the hour as we walked through parts of C…

September 24, 2013 12:00 pm
Those Beautiful Blues

Those Beautiful Blues

These days, Michigan peaches, heirloom tomatoes and fresh sweet corn are making return engagements to my summer kitchen and I can't seem to get enough of them.

August 20, 2013 3:00 pm
ZEST FOOD DRINK Summer Corn: It's Back

ZEST FOOD DRINK Summer Corn: It's Back

These days, Michigan peaches, heirloom tomatoes and fresh sweet corn are making return engagements to my summer kitchen and I can't seem to get enough of them.

August 19, 2013 3:00 pm Photos

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Summer Corn: It's Back

Summer Corn: It's Back

These days, Michigan peaches, heirloom tomatoes and fresh sweet corn are making return engagements to my summer kitchen and I can't seem to get enough of them.

August 09, 2013 3:00 pm Photos

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Provencal Picnic Fare

Provencal Picnic Fare

Pasta with pesto is one of my culinary favorites, but during summer grilling season, it's all about using these flavorful fresh herb concoctions as condiments.

July 29, 2013 10:15 am
THE CULINARIAN: A Quartet of Pestos

THE CULINARIAN: A Quartet of Pestos

Pasta with pesto is one of my culinary favorites, but during summer grilling season, it's all about using these flavorful fresh herb concoctions as condiments.

July 17, 2013 10:15 am
ZEST FOOD DRINK: A Seafood Stir-Fry

ZEST FOOD DRINK: A Seafood Stir-Fry

One recent morning, while making my grocery list, I peered into the fridge to see what was what, veggie-wise. Spying a few leftover red carrots and a bunch of green onions from the Farmers' Market, an untouched box of shittake mushrooms and, in a little plastic bag, some fresh ginger that ha…

July 15, 2013 11:51 am
The noble fruit

The noble fruit

Olives are as old as the history of man. As Mort Rosenblum mentions in his book, Olives (North Park Press, 1998), Greek athletes lubricated their bodies with olive oil and the first Olympic flame was a burning oil bough. The Romans even had a separate stock market and merchant marine for oli…

June 25, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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THE CULINARIAN: Summer Pasta

My local organic farmers' market in Lincoln Park gets more interesting each week as the growing season heats up. Gorgeous vegetables beg to be taken home and combined in this delicious pasta dish, which is exactly what I did. Hope you will, too!

June 24, 2013 10:45 am
Special Sandwiches for Dad

Special Sandwiches for Dad

My father was an inspired and talented maker of sandwiches. Dad would never think of doing a “Dagwood”, piling anything and everything sky-high onto the bread.

June 11, 2013 1:15 pm
A seafood stir fry

A seafood stir fry

One recent morning, while making my grocery list, I peered into the fridge to see what was what, veggie-wise. Spying a few leftover red carrots and a bunch of green onions from the Farmers' Market, an untouched box of shittake mushrooms and, in a little plastic bag, some fresh ginger that ha…

May 31, 2013 12:00 am
Quick and easy for spring

Quick and easy for spring

Now that Mother Nature has finally made up her mind, we can all get out and plant our patio flowers and the annuals in our herb garden. What we want more than anything else is time outdoors in the sunshine and nothing labor-intensive in the kitchen.

May 16, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Spring Lunch

Spring Lunch

When spring won't settle down, I comfort myself by planning menus for meals I'd like to make when we're finished with all this nonsense. Here's a lunch I will definitely serve some spring weekend when there are friends or family here for lunch.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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The noble fruit

The noble fruit

Olives are as old as the history of man. As Mort Rosenblum mentions in his book, "Olives" (North Park Press, 1998), Greek athletes lubricated their bodies with olive oil and the first Olympic flame was a burning oil bough. The Romans even had a separate stock market and merchant marine for o…

April 16, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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HASH

HASH

A couple of days ago I made hash with some corned beef left over from St. Patrick's Day. My hash is good, but doesn't touch my brother's who makes the best I've ever tasted, hands down. I also recall the red flannel hash from my New England childhood - not a favorite - (the hash, not the chi…

March 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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SWEET IRELAND

SWEET IRELAND

Saint Patrick's Day again - incredibly fast it seems. As always I've given a nod here to my favorite Irish author, the late Moira Laverty, who wrote so lovingly of the people and the goings-on in her small village, Ballyderrig.

March 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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SAVORY SUPPERS FOR THE HOME STRETCH

SAVORY SUPPERS FOR THE HOME STRETCH

Mornings are brighter, sunsets are later and, in spite of the rash of snowstorms, I like to think of this time of year as the "home stretch". Within a couple of weeks we'll be turning our clocks ahead in anticipation of spring. Meanwhile, more hibernation is fine with me, especially when sha…

February 26, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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COLD WEATHER SALADS

COLD WEATHER SALADS

The meteorologists tell us we are more than half-way through winter. I'm sure those on the east coast would bitterly scoff at that as they continue to dig themselves out. We Chicagoans, however, have had it easy and find such weather statements believable. I'm getting bored with so much hear…

February 14, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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JANUARY THAW

JANUARY THAW

Writer, Bellamy Partridge, the father of one of my school friends, wrote a novel when I was about 14 entitled "January Thaw". I thought about that book this morning...not just because it was one of the first truly grown-up books I'd ever read, but because of how Januarys were back then.

January 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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WINTER VEGETABLE SOUPS

WINTER VEGETABLE SOUPS

January, I've been told, is soup month, but I don't need a special month in which to make a pot of soup in the winter. I adore soup - especially heart-warming, soul-soothing Ribollita which could very well be my favorite, as it is Mario Batali's. The second soup, Golden Vegetable, is suppose…

January 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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BREAKFAST BISCUIT BUFFET

BREAKFAST BISCUIT BUFFET

I was lucky enough one weekend this Fall to be a houseguest of a true (and fellow) biscuit lover. Nothing frozen out of a can for that lady; biscuits were from scratch and heavenly, reminding me very much of those my paternal grandmother used to make.

January 05, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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GIRLS' NIGHT IN FOR COASTAL COOKING

GIRLS' NIGHT IN FOR COASTAL COOKING

Galley-style kitchens have always suited me. The one we have in our Indiana Dunes house is efficient, practical, easy to keep clean, and fun, if a little on the cozy side, to share with my four granddaughters, Miranda, Eileen, Allison and Emily, currently ages 9 through 12. When these girls …

December 31, 2012 11:34 am Related
BREAKFAST BISCUIT BUFFET

BREAKFAST BISCUIT BUFFET

I was lucky enough one weekend this Fall to be a houseguest of a true (and fellow) biscuit lover. Nothing frozen out of a can for that lady; biscuits were from scratch and heavenly, reminding me very much of those my paternal grandmother used to make.

December 24, 2012 12:00 am
ELEGANT EGGS

ELEGANT EGGS

Could you imagine cutting into the puff of a savory cheese soufflé only to find a warm poached egg on a bed of spinach?

December 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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ELEGANT EGGS

ELEGANT EGGS

Could you imagine cutting into the puff of a savory cheese soufflé only to find a warm poached egg on a bed of spinach?

December 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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POTATO LADY

POTATO LADY

Years ago, when I was writing a weekly cooking column for an Indiana newspaper, I apparently wrote more about potatoes than I realized. I still love them to this day but back then, they were kind of a passion. “A Passion for Potatoes” was even the title of one of my columns. As my photo ran …

December 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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POTATO LADY

POTATO LADY

Years ago, when I was writing a weekly cooking column for an Indiana newspaper, I apparently wrote more about potatoes than I realized. I still love them to this day but back then, they were kind of a passion. “A Passion for Potatoes” was even the title of one of my columns. As my photo ran …

November 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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BEAUTIFUL SIDES

BEAUTIFUL SIDES

My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the array of side dishes, and I know I’m not alone, but let’s remember, they are not only for “The Bird.” Try them any time this winter with roast pork loin or a baked ham and you’ll be happy you did. Here is a dressing baked until crisp and crunchy…

November 17, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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BEAUTIFUL SIDES

BEAUTIFUL SIDES

My favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the array of side dishes, and I know I’m not alone, but let’s remember, they are not only for “The Bird.” Try them any time this winter with roast pork loin or a baked ham and you’ll be happy you did. Here is a dressing baked until crisp and crunchy…

November 14, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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FALL GRATINS –NOT A POTATO IN SIGHT!

FALL GRATINS –NOT A POTATO IN SIGHT!

Overnight, the weather in Chicago dropped from a balmy 75 degrees to the 40’s. Shivering on my way home from my exercise class this morning, all I could think of was hot soup – and how long until lunch. Gratins are another terrific comfort food in cold weather, but we always tend to make the…

October 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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PERFECT PEARS

PERFECT PEARS

Give me a ripe, juicy pear with a wedge of Cheddar on a crisp fall day and I am happy. Combine pears with fennel and cream in a velvety soup and I am blissful. Dice them into a colorful holiday relish and I will drift to the stratosphere. And if awaiting me at home are pears baked with butte…

October 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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GOLDEN SOUPS FOR FALL

GOLDEN SOUPS FOR FALL

Here are two autumnal soups to try – both gorgeous in color, creamy in texture, comforting on a brisk or rainy day. Three things you should know: First, while delicious on the day they are made, these soups are even better if made the day before and allowed to hang out, covered, in the fridg…

September 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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FARMERS MARKET SEPTEMBER FINDS

FARMERS MARKET SEPTEMBER FINDS

One of the boons of September, my favorite month, is the bounty at the farmers’ markets. The heirloom tomatoes have a depth of flavor that make them irresistible; even some of the late melons beg to be taken home and wrapped in prosciutto (I like this for breakfast).

September 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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FARMERS MARKET SEPTEMBER FINDS

FARMERS MARKET SEPTEMBER FINDS

One of the boons of September, my favorite month, is the bounty at the farmers’ markets. The heirloom tomatoes have a depth of flavor that make them irresistible; even some of the late melons beg to be taken home and wrapped in prosciutto (I like this for breakfast).

September 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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UNCOMMON BURGERS

UNCOMMON BURGERS

These late summer days are my favorites as they lead into beautiful September. Our family grills a great deal and takes advantage of the bountiful produce still at its peak in the farmers markets. These unusual burgers especially lend themselves to platters of fresh ripe tomatoes with basil …

September 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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UNCOMMON BURGERS

UNCOMMON BURGERS

These late summer days are my favorites as they lead into beautiful September. Our family grills a great deal and takes advantage of the bountiful produce still at its peak in the farmers markets. These unusual burgers especially lend themselves to platters of fresh ripe tomatoes with basil …

August 28, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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SUMMER VEGETABLE SALADS

SUMMER VEGETABLE SALADS

While “the livin’ is easy,” I continue to search for ways to make it even more so by finding easy vegetable salad partners for grilled main courses. The three below are old friends of mine. I’ve been serving them for years and they never disappoint – lively, colorful and a lot more interesti…

August 18, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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SUMMER VEGETABLE SALADS

SUMMER VEGETABLE SALADS

While “the livin’ is easy,” I continue to search for ways to make it even more so by finding easy vegetable salad partners for grilled main courses. The three below are old friends of mine. I’ve been serving them for years and they never disappoint – lively, colorful and a lot more interesti…

August 09, 2012 12:00 am
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