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  • Cook of the Week: Thinking outside the cake mix box for creative desserts Jan 20, 2015 10:57 AM
    Patricia Kutchins shares an ingredient that she considers her go-to when it comes to making decadent treats in a snap: boxed cake mix. Yet the Lake Zurich cook quickly points out that she doesn’t just dump the mix along with oil and eggs into a bowl. With each mix, she adds her own inspiration and creates a dessert that would be special enough to serve to family and friends and even receive recognition.

  • Cook of the Week: Global cuisines simmer in Naperville mom’s kitchen Jan 13, 2015 5:05 PM
    “If people were to go into my pantry, they would be totally confused about what nationality I am,” confesses Carelys Hepburn with a laugh. The Naperville mom has been on an Asian kick lately, exploring Thai, Japanese and Indian cuisine. Yet she always comes back to foods from her native Venezuela.

  • Cook of the Week: Aurora woman adapts Parsi recipes Jan 6, 2015 6:18 AM
    Aban Daboo, one of the competitors in our Cook of the Week Challenge, returns to the spotlight to share the parsi cooking style from her homeland of India. Parsi, which also can be spelled parsee, refers to a group who emigrated to India to avoid religious persecution by the Muslims. Aban explained she learned about the Parsi cuisine growing up in Mumbai where the cuisine is popular. Aban says the style of cooking incorporates Asian, Mediterranean and other diets. It's not what most people think of as Indian cuisine.

  • Cook of the Week: Winfield woman shares cultural insights one recipe at a time Dec 30, 2014 6:22 AM
    For three years, Maria Kisiel of Winfield wrote a twice a monthly column for a now defunct newspaper. Though her columns often ended with recipes, they were more an expression of the connections Maria found between food, culture and the love of family. Since the paper folded, she has collected her columns into a book (now in its second printing), called “Seasonings: A Celebration of Culinary Crossroads and Cultural Connections.”

  • Cook of the Week: Food scientists experiements at home Dec 9, 2014 6:18 AM
    Yes, Laura Hill earned Best of Show honors at our Home Baking Challenge, but this Prospect Heights mom has more than flour and butter up her sleeves. Family and friends rave about her party-perfect spinach balls and other holiday fare.

  • Cook of the Week: Baking helps woman connect to Norwegian heritage Dec 2, 2014 6:01 AM
    Despite the fact that three of her four grandparents were Norwegian, it wasn’t until she married a fellow of Norwegian descendent and traveled to Norway with her mother in 2007, that Barb Johnson truly embraced her heritage. “I didn’t grow up eating Norwegian food,” explains Johnson of Yorkville, “It was the one grandparent who wasn’t Norwegian who had the most influence on our food!” In addition, the other grandmother, who spoke Norwegian, wouldn’t let her children speak it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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