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Young Spring Rhubarb Sprouts at the Potempa Farm Garden Patch

Young Spring Rhubarb Sprouts at the Potempa Farm Garden Patch

Young, leafy green spouts of spring rhubarb are finally emerging this week in the garden patch at the Potempa Family Farm.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am
Valparaiso University Senior Becky Kriha and Etiquette Dinner Table Setting

Valparaiso University Senior Becky Kriha and Etiquette Dinner Table Setting

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.

March 29, 2014 11:58 pm
Bohemian Bread Dumplings with Roast Pork Gravy

Bohemian Bread Dumplings with Roast Pork Gravy

Bohemian Bread Dumplings, drenched in roast pork gravy, are light and airy, and less heavy than recipes for potato dumplings.

January 01, 2014 12:00 am
Cracklin Pork Featuring Pork Shank on a Bed of Apple Sauerkraut at Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Chicago

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.

December 18, 2013 12:00 am
46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist Julie Beckwith of Crete, Ill. with Golden Doughboy Award

46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist Julie Beckwith of Crete, Ill. with Golden Doughboy Award

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.

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
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

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.

October 16, 2013 12:00 am
Grand Lux Cafe Asian Pear Martini

Grand Lux Cafe Asian Pear Martini

Grand Lux Cafe offers an Asian Pear Martini as one of the Chicago dining hot spot's favorite signature cocktails.

October 10, 2013 12:00 am
Grand Lux Cafe Salisbury Steak

Grand Lux Cafe Salisbury Steak

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.

October 10, 2013 12:00 am
Spanish Soup with Italian Sausage and Quinoa and Served with Parmesan Flat Bread

Spanish Soup with Italian Sausage and Quinoa and Served with Parmesan Flat Bread

Spanish Soup with Italian Sausage includes key ingredient "Quinoa," the tiny circles floating in the broth. The soup is served with Parmesan Flat Bread.

October 09, 2013 12:00 am
Wild Sea Oats and Shifting White Sand Dunes of the Emerald Coast Beaches of Destin, Fla.

Wild Sea Oats and Shifting White Sand Dunes of the Emerald Coast Beaches of Destin, Fla.

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.

October 01, 2013 12:00 am
Pillsbury's Candy Bar Pie with Crushed Pretzel Crust

Pillsbury's Candy Bar Pie with Crushed Pretzel Crust

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.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am
Home Canned Peaches in Medium Syrup

Home Canned Peaches in Medium Syrup

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.

September 18, 2013 12:00 am
Times Restaurant Columnist Eloise Valadez Displaying a Waffle and Fried Chicken Sandwich at The Game at Blue Chip Casino

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.

September 16, 2013 12:00 am
Hebron street fair fosters community fun

Hebron street fair fosters community fun

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.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am
Hebron street fair fosters community fun

Hebron street fair fosters community fun

Skyler Schoff, 5, has her face painted by Amoreena Roll, 13, of Hebron, on Saturday during the Hebron Street Festival.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am
Celebrating six decades of service

Celebrating six decades of service

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.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am
Celebrating six decades of service

Celebrating six decades of service

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.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am
Michael Jackson photo exhibit unveiled

Michael Jackson photo exhibit unveiled

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.

August 28, 2013 8:00 pm
Melomakarona aka Honey Syrup Soaked Greek Biscuits

Melomakarona aka Honey Syrup Soaked Greek Biscuits

Melomakarona, a rich and moist honey syrup soaked Greek biscuit, is a sweet tradition embraced for centuries as favorite holiday fare.

August 28, 2013 12:00 am
Blueberry Farm Wife Wanda Bonnell and Bounty of Tiny Crabapples

Blueberry Farm Wife Wanda Bonnell and Bounty of Tiny Crabapples

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.

August 21, 2013 12:00 am
Blueberry Farm Wife Wanda Bonnell Showing the August 2013 Late Berry Bounty in North Judson

Blueberry Farm Wife Wanda Bonnell Showing the August 2013 Late Berry Bounty in North Judson

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.

August 21, 2013 12:00 am
Peter Hatton of The Oceanaire Seafood Room of Indianapolis

Peter Hatton of The Oceanaire Seafood Room of Indianapolis

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.

August 19, 2013 12:00 am
John Barenie of Griffth's 2nd Place Pumpkin in Contest at 2013 Indiana State Fair

John Barenie of Griffth's 2nd Place Pumpkin in Contest at 2013 Indiana State Fair

John Barenie of Griffth won second place with his pumpkin entry in the Giant Pumpkin Contest at 2013 Indiana State Fair.

August 15, 2013 12:00 am
Author Mary Schuman Displays Her Two Indiana State Fair Recipe Cookbooks Co-Written with Her Sister Nancy Schuman

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.

August 14, 2013 12:00 am
Memorial Plaque at Indiana State Fairgrounds Dedicated to 2011 Stage Collapse Tragedy

Memorial Plaque at Indiana State Fairgrounds Dedicated to 2011 Stage Collapse Tragedy

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.

August 14, 2013 12:00 am
Wild Blueberries aka Huckleberries Compared to Cultivated Blueberry Varieties

Wild Blueberries aka Huckleberries Compared to Cultivated Blueberry Varieties

Times Columnist Philip Potempa's mother Peggy compares wild blueberries aka "huckleberries," left, to today's traditional cultivated common blueberry varieties.

August 07, 2013 12:00 am
Wild Black Raspberries Perfect for Jam and Preserves

Wild Black Raspberries Perfect for Jam and Preserves

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.

July 31, 2013 12:00 am
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 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.

July 24, 2013 12:00 am
General Manager of the Marriott Chicago Midway Erin Bertollini at the Hotel's Dempsey's Restaurant

General Manager of the Marriott Chicago Midway Erin Bertollini at the Hotel's Dempsey's 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.

July 07, 2013 12:00 am
Model Planes Floating Over Lobby of Hampton Inn Midway Hotel in Chicago

Model Planes Floating Over Lobby of Hampton Inn Midway Hotel in Chicago

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.

July 07, 2013 12:00 am
Fiberglass Chicago Cow with Boxer Theme Featuring Gloves and Black Eye

Fiberglass Chicago Cow with Boxer Theme Featuring Gloves and Black Eye

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.

July 07, 2013 12:00 am
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 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 …

July 04, 2013 12:00 am
Fresh Oysters Shucked at GT Fish & Oyster in Downtown Chicago

Fresh Oysters Shucked at GT Fish & Oyster in Downtown Chicago

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.

July 03, 2013 12:00 am
Chester Potempa in Farm Strawberry Patch on June 11, 2013

Chester Potempa in Farm Strawberry Patch on June 11, 2013

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.

June 12, 2013 12:00 am
Crown Point couple's 'dream wedding' comes true

Crown Point couple's 'dream wedding' comes true

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.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am
Crown Point couple's 'dream wedding' comes true

Crown Point couple's 'dream wedding' comes true

Cascading floral centerpieces were part of the special custom wedding design for bride Claudia Hernandez, background, at Meyer's Castle in Dyer.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am
Chester Potempa with Sisters Lottie (seated) and Loretta Celebrating Lottie's 90th Birthday

Chester Potempa with Sisters Lottie (seated) and Loretta Celebrating Lottie's 90th Birthday

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.

June 05, 2013 12:00 am
The Rev. Andrew Greeley and film criticRoger Ebert in 1993 in New Buffalo, Mich.

The Rev. Andrew Greeley and film criticRoger Ebert in 1993 in New Buffalo, Mich.

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.

June 03, 2013 12:00 am
Stuffed Pasta Shells

Stuffed Pasta Shells

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.

May 29, 2013 12:00 am
Peggy Potempa (left) with Soap Actress Jeanne Cooper on Mackinac Island in May 1994

Peggy Potempa (left) with Soap Actress Jeanne Cooper on Mackinac Island in May 1994

Peggy Potempa, left, with actress Jeanne Cooper in May 1994

May 27, 2013 12:00 am
Chicago Attorney Scott Yonover with Actress and Friend Sally Kellerman

Chicago Attorney Scott Yonover with Actress and Friend Sally Kellerman

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).

May 19, 2013 12:00 am
Mary Beth Schultz and her Savory Chicken Liver Pâté

Mary Beth Schultz and her Savory Chicken Liver Pâté

Mary Beth Schultz, of Valparaiso and her recipe for Savory Chicken Liver Pâté, are both Mother's Day favorites.

May 15, 2013 12:00 am
Chef Jennifer Ruzbasan of St. James Manor in Crete, Ill.

Chef Jennifer Ruzbasan of St. James Manor in Crete, Ill.

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.

May 01, 2013 12:00 am
Hine Family at 2013 San Pierre Alumni Spring Banquet

Hine Family at 2013 San Pierre Alumni Spring Banquet

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.

April 24, 2013 12:00 am
Mrs. Ganna Hine's Crannberry-Nut Bread

Mrs. Ganna Hine's Crannberry-Nut Bread

A moist combination of flavors, with cranberries and walnuts, are the key and colorful ingredients for an easy cranberry-nut bread.

April 24, 2013 12:00 am
Lee Enterprises CEO Mary Junck Talks to Valparaiso University Journalism Students

Lee Enterprises CEO Mary Junck Talks to Valparaiso University Journalism Students

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.

April 04, 2013 12:00 am
Kirsten Goodwin and Recipe for Elegant Sweet Grape Salad

Kirsten Goodwin and Recipe for Elegant Sweet Grape Salad

Kirsten Goodwin's recipe for Elegant Sweet Grape Salad includes a fluffy, creamy cloud contrast to the key flavor ingredient of plump grapes.

April 03, 2013 12:00 am
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