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Young, leafy green spouts of spring rhubarb are finally emerging this week in the garden patch at the Potempa Family Farm.
Valparaiso University Senior Becky Kriha, 21, of Neenah, Wis., shared the importance of dining etiquette, including helping navigate a complicated dinner table setting, for a class project presentation.
Bohemian Bread Dumplings, drenched in roast pork gravy, are light and airy, and less heavy than recipes for potato dumplings.
Cracklin Pork Featuring Pork Shank on a Bed of Apple Sauerkraut at Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Chicago
Cracklin Pork featuring a Pork Shank on a bed of apple sauerkraut is featured on Smith & Wollensky restaurant's new "Liquid Lunch" menu.
Julie Beckwith of Crete, Ill., a finalist at the 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off in Las Vegas, holds her Golden Doughboy Award Monday night following her $5,000 Crisco award win.
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.
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.
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.
Lansing Autumn Fest 2013 Chili Contest Winner Debra Hunt of Markham, Ill. (left) and TV Producer Meghan Baher of Chicago
Lansing Autumn Fest 2013 Chili Contest Winner Debra Hunt of Markham, Ill. (left) and TV Producer Meghan Baher of Chicago following Sunday's awards ceremony.
Grand Lux Cafe offers an Asian Pear Martini as one of the Chicago dining hot spot's favorite signature cocktails.
Fine ground beef is used for traditional Salisbury steak, a menu highlight of the Grand Lux Cafe, offered with mashed potatoes and sides of broccoli and baby carrots.
Spanish Soup with Italian Sausage includes key ingredient "Quinoa," the tiny circles floating in the broth. The soup is served with Parmesan Flat Bread.
Wild sea oats and shifting white sand dunes of the Emerald Coast beaches of Destin, Fla. invite visitors to enjoy unmatched cool sands and gentle breezes.
Pillsbury's Candy Bar Pie with Crushed Pretzel Crust, as recreated by sisters Evelyn and Vivian Koncalouic of Whiting, won the category of "creative use of ingredients" for the 2013 Downtown Hammond Pie Baking Contest.
Farm wife Joann Scamerhorn's home-canned peaches await the pantry and basement cellar to be enjoyed throughout the winter, celebrating this fall's bountiful fruit harvest.
Times Restaurant Columnist Eloise Valadez Displaying a Waffle and Fried Chicken Sandwich at The Game at Blue Chip Casino
Times restaurant columnist Eloise Valadez displays one of the new specialty menu items at The Game at Blue Chip Hotel, Casino and Spa: Fried Chicken and Waffles, a hearty sandwich built witha double-battered chicken breast, waffle, bacon, egg, maple syrup and Tabasco honey glaze.
Festivalgoers stroll along Hebron's Main Street on Saturday, browsing booths and sharing camaraderie. The fifth annual Hebron Street Festival featured more than 30 vendors.
Skyler Schoff, 5, has her face painted by Amoreena Roll, 13, of Hebron, on Saturday during the Hebron Street Festival.
Sister Mary Ellen Goeller models a straw hat woven with 50 $1 bills for a charity raffle Saturday at St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary 60th anniversary luncheon at Avalon Manor in Hobart.
Mary Adams, St. Mary's Auxiliary chair, listens as the Rev. Paul Quanz addresses a luncheon Saturday at Avalon Manor in Hobart. The event marked the group's 60th anniversary.
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, center, cuts a ribbon Wednesday during a ceremony opening a photo exhibit featuring Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 at the South Shore Event Center at Majestic Star Casino in Gary.
Melomakarona, a rich and moist honey syrup soaked Greek biscuit, is a sweet tradition embraced for centuries as favorite holiday fare.
Blueberry Farm Wife Wanda Bonnell, of North Judson, displays a bin of tiny, tart crabapples she uses to boil down to make homemade fruit pectin for canning jams and jellies.
Blueberry Farm Wife Wanda Bonnell showcases the August 2013 berry-laden branches of her North Judson farm's 60-year-old bushes, which are Jersey late berry varieties.
Peter Hatton, of The Oceanaire Seafood Room in Indianapolis, serves trays of iced Old 1871 Oysters. Hatton is a 1998 graduate of Munster High School.
John Barenie of Griffth won second place with his pumpkin entry in the Giant Pumpkin Contest at 2013 Indiana State Fair.
Author Mary Schuman Displays Her Two Indiana State Fair Recipe Cookbooks Co-Written with Her Sister Nancy Schuman
Author Mary Schuman of Indianapolis displays her two Indiana State Fair recipe cookbooks co-written with her sister Nancy Schuman of Columbia City, Ind.
A memorial plaque now stands at the entrance to the Grandstand at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis dedicated to the seven lives lost in the 2011 stage collapse tragedy.
Times Columnist Philip Potempa's mother Peggy compares wild blueberries aka "huckleberries," left, to today's traditional cultivated common blueberry varieties.
Plump and juicy deep black wild raspberries are sweet and flavorful finds in early July along wooded areas, ditches and ponds and ideal for homemade jam and preserves.
Braised Duck Breast with a Rich Cracked Peppercorn Sauce and Sides of "Pommes frites" and Moroccan Corn at Chicago's Le Bouchon Restaurant
Braised Duck Breast, served with a rich cracked peppercorn sauce is shown with sides of "pommes frites" (French fries) and Moroccan corn dish at Chicago's Le Bouchon restaurant.
Erin Bertollini, general Manager of the Marriott Chicago Midway, stands inside the boxing ring focal point of the main dining room of Dempsey's restaurant, located inside the hotel.
Dozens of custom model planes float against blue skys over the main lobby of the Hampton Inn Midway hotel in Chicago, greeting guests arriving for a stay in the Windy City.
One of the famed former fiberglass Chicago Michigan Avenue parade cows is now a focal point outside the Chicago Marriott Midway hotel and features boxing gloves and a black eye in tribute to fighter Jack Demspey.
Dr. Victoria Washington with Young Helpers Jules Rush, 7 and Jimmy Rush, 9, Behind the News Desk at Lakeshore Public Television in Merrillville
Dr. Victoria Washington, a counselor for Gary Public Schools, was selected along with young Helpers Jules Rush, 7 and Jimmy Rush, 9, of Crown Point, to step behind the news anchor desk at Lakeshore Public Television in Merrillville while touring the studio as part of a group during Monday's …
Fresh oysters are shucked and plated for eager guests at GT Fish & Oyster, 531 N. Wells St. in Chicago during an event last week celebrating the arrival of Old 1871 Oysters, shipped fresh from the bays of Virginia.
Chester Potempa, 83, father of Times Columnist Philip Potempa, picks strawberries on Tuesday in his new farm patch, which includes a frame of invading peppermint plants, in foreground.
Claudia Hernandez is assisted with her veil by wedding planner Eva Williams on Saturday at Meyer's Castle in Dyer, the site of the bride's "dream wedding." Hernandez and groom Rigo Garcia chose the castle for their ceremony after winning a contest from Bridal Guide and WE television.
Cascading floral centerpieces were part of the special custom wedding design for bride Claudia Hernandez, background, at Meyer's Castle in Dyer.
Chester Potempa, father of Times Columnist Philip Potempa, joins sisters Loretta (standing) and Lottie, in Florida this week to celebrate Lottie's 90th Birthday with cake and homemade dandelion wine in the sunny morning room of her home near Sarasota, Fla.
The Rev. Andrew Greeley, wearing a favorite Chicago Bears shirt, attends a joint book signing party in New Buffalo, Mich., with friend and film critic Roger Ebert in 1993, where both had weekend homes.
Zesty stuffed pasta shells, filled with spinach and cheese and drenched in a tomato sauce, are perfect served with fresh salad greens and crusty garlic bread.
Peggy Potempa, left, with actress Jeanne Cooper in May 1994
Chicago Attorney Scott Yonover, a 1982 graduate of Munster High School, with actress and friend Sally Kellerman in Chicago last week to promote her new autobiography "Read My Lips" ($26 Weinstein Books).
Mary Beth Schultz, of Valparaiso and her recipe for Savory Chicken Liver Pâté, are both Mother's Day favorites.
Chef Jennifer Ruzbasan of Hobart, the head chef at St. James Manor and Villas in Crete, Ill., displays her award-winning recipe for Orange-Ginger Chicken Stir Fry.
The Hine Family, including (left to right) Bill and Ganna Hine of Lowell, Jeanette Wobith of North Judson, Linda and Ray Hine of Franklin, Ind. and Pat and Larry Hine of Crown Point, reunited Saturday at the 2013 San Pierre Alumni Dinner.
A moist combination of flavors, with cranberries and walnuts, are the key and colorful ingredients for an easy cranberry-nut bread.
Mary Junck, CEO of Lee Enterprises, returned to Valparaiso University, where she graduated in 1969, to tour the campus Wednesday and visit with journalism students.
Kirsten Goodwin's recipe for Elegant Sweet Grape Salad includes a fluffy, creamy cloud contrast to the key flavor ingredient of plump grapes.
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