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Nov 19 2013 | 3:38 pm - Canned salmon couldn't stop him. Twizzlers couldn't twist him. And he wasn't chicken of chicken so Dan Rich of Elgin came out on top at the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge Cook-off. His dish, created in an hour in front of a crowd of...
Mar 12 2013 | 3:52 pm - For Margaret Mary Eklund St. Patrick's Day is not green beer. The Crystal Lake cook invites family and friends to join her for a gals-only party she calls Lassie Day where she serves Irish soda bread and other foods from the Emerald Isle.
Jan 26 2011 | 10:08 am - Don't ask Carol Ziwiski why her favorite social gathering is called the Friday Night Flamingos, just roll with it. Carol doesn't know how the group earned its name, and clearly it has no bearing on the fun quotient.
Jan 19 2011 | 9:41 am - I like to call her the Professor. She's 76-year-old Pat Julian, a mega-watt retiree brimming with culinary tips collected during decades of meal preparation, and she'd love to pass them on to the next generation.
Jan 17 2011 | 10:40 pm - There's nothing halfway about the culinary transformation that's taken place during the past several years at the Zielinski household in Arlington Heights. From a diet that was too reliant on prepared foods, Andre, DeLynn and their three children...
Jan 05 2011 | 6:59 am - What a cultural shock it must have been for then-11-year-old Ralph Cossentino when his family moved to Chicago in 1972. Back in Naples, Italy, the family led an Amish-like lifestyle.
Dec 28 2010 | 11:31 am - A wise kindergarten teacher once told me that the best parents are nurturers. The best cooks are the same way. Our Cooks of the Year reach far beyond the basic responsibility of providing nourishment, swirling soups and stews, cookies and pies into...
Jan 04 2011 | 12:06 pm - Like the chefs he watches on Food Network, Marty Beach takes a professional approach to home cooking, from mise en place to homemade stock, presentation to professional cookware. But it's obvious he's having a great time. “I have a lot of fun...
Dec 07 2010 | 11:03 am - When you get creative as a financial accountant, indictments and a nice, cozy jail cell may result. So Deborah Peters plays it straight at work and cooks the books at home, so to speak. “I'm too soft for prison; I'm not going,” she...
Nov 30 2010 | 12:16 pm - To look at her, you'd never suspect Debra Solberg would be capable of pulling off the biggest neighborhood Cookie Heist of the past two decades, but alas, it's true. This kindhearted mother of two, who gives away dozens of Christmas cookies every...