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  • Cook of the Week: Cooking, laughing, learning go hand in hand Nov 18, 2014 6:27 AM
    Cook of the Week Maria Anderson has fond childhood memories and even some amusing ones of working in the kitchen with her mom and two sisters. When asked to clean vegetable greens she didn't know cleaning them did not require using soap and water. “I remember my uncle saying this tastes really soapy,” she recalls with a chuckle. Whether the time produced a delicious meal, laughs or both, the Palatine resident developed a love of cooking. Along the way she learned how to make Italian favorites, knowledge she shares with her daughters Erica, 27, and Alexis, 22.

     
  • Cook of the Week: His passion is getting others hooked on fish Nov 11, 2014 2:41 PM
    Even while working full-time as an options trader, Cook of the Week John Stowick couldn't keep his mind off cooking. He'd take part-time jobs at restaurants working as a busboy, line cook or bartender to be around it. Two years ago John quit his day job to focus solely on his culinary passion and landed behind the seafood counter at Foodstuffs, a gourmet grocer and caterer in Glencoe.

     
  • Images: Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge 2014 Nov 3, 2014 10:21 PM
    Images of the Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge event on Monday night, Nov.3, in Schaumburg.Jamie Andrade of Elk Grove Village was named the Cook of the Week Challenge winner at the event.

     
  • Cook of the Week Challenge winner: Jamie Andrade Nov 4, 2014 6:18 AM
    The Daily Herald’s 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge champion is ... Jamie Andrade! The grand finale of the challenge took place tonight in Schaumburg. Four finalists — Andrade, Emily Geddes, Juanita Harrell and Molly Sutton — competed for the title.

     
  • Four finalists named for this year's live cook-off Oct 24, 2014 12:05 PM
    After 10 weeks of culinary competition, the field of 16 cooks has been narrowed down to the Final Four. These four suburban cooks will compete in a cook-off Nov. 3 in front of a room full of fans and food enthusiasts. Let's see what the judges said about the recipes that got the last two cooks into the final round.

     
  • Cook of the Week Challenge: Judges weigh in on Emmentaler, chia seed mystery basket recipes Oct 22, 2014 12:22 PM
    Chia seeds and pork chops! Hot dogs and delicata squash? Those pairings didn't get the best of Cook of the Week Challenge contestants. Let's hear what the judges said about the recipes that got the last two cooks into the final round.

     
  • Cook of the Week Challenge: Judges try their hand at the mystery baskets Oct 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    So our contestants don't think the judges have it too easy, we asked the judges to pick any of the 12 mystery baskets and submit a recipe using the same guidelines the contestants had to follow. You be the judge and tell us how they did.

     
  • Jerked Anise Chicken with Caribbean Spiced Paella Oct 22, 2014 6:08 AM
    Cook of the Week Challenge winner from 2013 sees if he still has his cooking chops by tackling the licorice extract, whole chicken, mango and almond basket. What do you think?

     
  • Opaa Steak with Crusted Grilled Eggplant Oct 22, 2014 6:08 AM
    Accountant, food enthusiast and Cook of the Week Challenge judge Mario Portanova marinated steak in Opaa Zesty Greek Dip for his mystery basket recipe.

     
  • Vegetable, Beef and Barley Soup Oct 22, 2014 6:08 AM
    Cookbook author Jessica Fisher shares Beef Vegetable Barley soup that fits with the Cook of the Week Challenge's budget mystery basket challenge.

     
  • Buffalo-Style Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers Oct 22, 2014 6:08 AM
    2011 Cook of the Week Challenge champ Penny Kazmier takes her turn at the ground beef/pear/blue cheese/barley mystery basket and creates a Buffalo-spiced burger and barley salad.

     
  • Mango Salsa Oct 22, 2014 6:08 AM
    Dan Rich serves is jerk-style chicken with mango salsa

     
  • Barley, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Pear Balsamic Vinaigrette Oct 22, 2014 6:08 AM
    2011 Cook of the Week Challenge champ Penny Kazmier takes her turn at the ground beef/pear/blue cheese/barley mystery basket and creates a Buffalo-spiced burger and barley salad.

     
  • Delicata Ricotta Gnocchi Oct 15, 2014 6:01 AM
    David Rench used delicata squash in gnocchi that he serves for brunch.

     
  • Frank Frittata Oct 15, 2014 6:01 AM
    David Rench created a trio of brunch recipes with flour, Swiss cheese, delicata squash and hot dogs.

     
  • Broiled Tomato Slices Oct 15, 2014 6:01 AM
    David Rench created frankfurter fritta using hot dogs and Emmentaler cheese for one of his Cook of the Week Challenge recipes.

     
  • Chia Seed Peach-Pineapple Smoothie Oct 15, 2014 6:01 AM
    Juanita Harrell added chia seeds to a peach and pineapple smoothie for one of her Cook of the Week Challenge recipes.

     
  • Judges praise creativity in Cook of the Week Challenge tailgate match-ups Oct 15, 2014 6:59 AM
    The first Round 2 Cook of the Week Challenge contestants fired up their grills as we added a tailgating theme to the weekly mystery basket matchups. In Challenge 9, Jamie Andrade and Joan Huenecke were tasked with working whole chicken, mango, almonds and licorice extract into football-friendly fare. In Challenge 10, Denise Allen and Emily Geddes had to coach beef top round, eggplant, ruffled potato chips and Opaa Zesty Greek Yogurt Dip into a game-time meal.

     
  • Cook of the Week: Intern relishes teaching kids farm-to-table cooking Aug 19, 2014 6:37 AM
    For the past three summers of MacKenzie LeBeau's college career, she's immersed herself in programs that explore healthier ways to feed America. This summer MacKenzie, a native of Vermont and a student at Syracuse University in New York, has worked as a crew leader for the Prairie Farm Corp, an educational program sponsored by the Liberty Prairie Foundation in Prairie Crossing. For the first time she found herself behind a kitchen counter, teaching teenagers how to cook and learning along the way herself.

     
  • Cook of the Week: Stunning dinners start in garden for Prospect Heights cook Aug 12, 2014 6:17 AM
    Like many home cooks, Kevin Kilgore first learned to cook by watching his mom and dad. Sitting around the table with his four younger siblings, he remembers feasting on his mom’s tuna noodle casserole and shrimp creole. On weekends, his father manned the grill. In high school, Kevin was one of the few male students in classes such as family meals and creative cooking. “These were the classes I looked forward to the most,” he said. But this Prospect Heights cook also credits his time as a waiter at the long-gone Rusty Pelican in Arlington Heights with inspiration.

     
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