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  • Cook of the Week: Buddies build culinary connections with bacon Mar 4, 2014 5:45 AM
    Bacon’s delicious destiny extends beyond the breakfast table, as Todd Clement of Woodstock and Ryan Cunningham of Algonquin learned on the competition circuit. “I never thought much beyond cooking with bacon beyond making some spicy bacon,” said Todd. But then he heard about Hormel’s Bacon Takedown amatuer cooking competition and the wheels started turning. He and Ryan discovered just how versatile the salty meat can be while they worked up recipes for contest. Today they share their winning recipes.

  • Cook of the Week: Former camp cook turns to Betty Crocker for recipes, advice Feb 25, 2014 11:13 AM
    There was a time when Sharon Kennedy thought nothing of cooking for 150 people. For 11 years, she was the kitchen director for a Girl Scout day camp. Every summer, she planned meals for the girls and taught them to cook over an open fire. Now, she mainly cooks for herself and her husband in their Wauconda home.

  • Cook of the Week: Barrington Hills woman fills kitchen with aromas, flavors of India Feb 18, 2014 9:26 PM
    Sushma Bhanot learned to cook by watching her mother. “My mom put so much love into it and my mom cooked really good food so everyone appreciated her food. I like to cook like my mom,” the Barrington Hills woman recalled.

  • Cook of the Week: Conventional to contemporary, she's got it covered Feb 11, 2014 7:14 AM
    Despite the fact that her husband is a conventional meat and potatoes lover, Judy Pauzuolis of Hoffman Estates occasionally likes to stir up something a bit more contemporary. “I make all the staples like my mom used to make, just more current,” she says. Judy learned to cook old-fashioned, home-cooked meals like chili, spaghetti, meatloaf, corned beef and lots of potatoes at her mother's side. She says she shows her creativity in the side dishes, experimenting with roasting vegetables, or trying out new recipes from her collection.

  • Cook of the Week: Elgin dad hits the sauce Feb 4, 2014 4:06 PM
    Growing up around an Italian table, Tony Aiello remembers his dad’s homemade sausage, fresh ravioli, gnocchi and his family’s special sauce. Tony thinks it was that sauce that has influenced his fascination to create the perfect sauce for each dish he puts on his own table.

  • Cook of the Week: Banockburn mom incorporates Italian favorites into modern meals Jan 29, 2014 5:22 AM
    Living a block away from her Italian grandmother, Theresa Zagnoli remembers that whenever anyone came to visit the greeting was rarely, “how are you?” Rather visitors were more likely to hear, “What do you want to eat?” As the only grandchild in town, Theresa spent many hours with her grandmother in the kitchen, garden and cellar.

  • Cook of the Week: Arlington Hts. mom shows her love for cooking by feeding others Jan 22, 2014 12:36 PM
    Whether it’s feeding a group of her daughter’s college friends or a party of 20 neighbors, Patty Nicpon loves to entertain.“Whenever there is a chance to have a party, I guess I’m your girl,” the Arlington Heights mom says.

  • Learn to make super snacks for the Super Bowl Jan 16, 2014 9:30 AM
    What will you be eating while you sit on the couch in front of your wide screen TV on Super Bowl Sunday? Learn to move beyond the same old chips and dip and pick up some tips for creative snacking at Super Snacks for the Super Bowl, set for 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva.

  • Cook of the Week: Practice makes perfect for Glen Ellyn analyst Jan 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    It may be because he is an equity analyst by profession, but Cook of the Week Elliott Papineau of Glen Ellyn, has a different approach to cooking. To Elliott, it is all about technique and the ratios, “Cooking and baking use a lot of math and science. Once you know the fundamentals it opens you up to something new,” he says.

  • Cook of the Week: Sisters don't let disability get in the way of kitchen adventures Jan 7, 2014 9:37 AM
    Elizabeth Morgan loves making meals in the kitchen of her parents' Naperville home with her younger sister, Moira, at her side making the salad. “You have never had or seen a more perfect salad,” says Elizabeth. The sisters recently added the roles of teacher and student to their relationship. Elizabeth just wrapped her first session teaching Cooking 101, offered by the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association. And Moira, 20, who has Down syndrome was among her students.

  • Cook of the Week: Grandma continues baking tradition with new generation Dec 31, 2013 5:45 AM
    Cook of the Week Anola Stowick remembers the joy she felt as a child baking alongside her mother and grandmother, learning how to make quick breads, cornbread, stovetop fudge and pie crusts. The Arlington Heights woman feels that same joy as she bakes with her own grandchildren. “Every surface in my kitchen from Thanksgiving until Christmas is covered with confectioner’s sugar,” Anola said.

  • Cook of the Week: Baker rolls through the holidays with thousands of cookies Dec 22, 2013 8:11 AM
    Holiday baking is becomes a full-time job for Laverne Hall. The Elk Grove Village woman makes 25 varieties of cookies with some 200 in each batch. “My mother would always bake cookies at Christmas. We grew up to be dough-eaters; we would eat the dough as fast as it came out of the cookie spritzer!” she laughs.

  • Cook of the Week: Collecting family recipes a delicious pursuit Dec 17, 2013 5:45 AM
    Melissa Wieland loves to cook with her family, whether they’re planning a buffet of appetizers or an Italian feast. And like many cooks, Melissa turns to her favorite cookbook. What makes this cookbook special is that it features recipes shared by her family members far and wide, and she compiled it herself. “It’s great to be able to cook these recipes and just to look through them with family,” said Melissa, a Barrington High School graduate now working as a nurse and living in Chicago.

  • Cook of the Week: Octogenarian shares recipes, tips on social media Dec 10, 2013 5:45 AM
    For Louis Margiotta of Streamwood, Facebook is just one way he shares his love for cooking. On his page you may find a photo of his latest, scrumptious cake, or a post about the merits of Italian cooking. But Louis does not spend a lot of time online because he’s usually in the kitchen.

  • Love of experimenting leads cook on lifetime of discovery in the kitchen Nov 25, 2013 6:03 AM
    Cook of the Week Joe Moninski initially was disappointed when he didn’t make it past the first round of competition of 2012’s Cook of the Week Challenge, he still enjoyed the experience, especially getting to experiment with one of his secret ingredients — tofu. “I like to research an ingredient, find out where it comes from, how it’s made, how to use it,” says Joe, of Arlington Heights.

  • Cook of the Week Challenge: Recipes deserve a spot at your table Nov 20, 2013 5:42 AM
    Just for the record Twizzlers weren’t my idea. Months ago, even before we knew which 16 cooks would battle in the third annual Cook of the Week Challenge, I was told we had a sponsor who wanted Twizzlers to be in a mystery basket.

  • Cook of the Week: Dad keeps grill, smoker going no matter the season Nov 19, 2013 10:00 AM
    Kevin Thomas will make his mouthwatering ribs for family but he prefers pulled pork or brisket. Either way he'll head out to his trusted grill or smoker in all seasons. “It's a lot easier than people think it is to make really, really good barbecue, but it is an investment in time,” Kevin says.

  • Cook of the Week: Dietitian knows how to treat her family Nov 12, 2013 11:05 AM
    While baking is Christine Gallup's passion, her day job as a registered dietitian helps her keep treats in perspective. “We do have healthy food in the house, but I'm more focused on balance,” the Hoffman Estates mom says. “I'll suggest a piece of fruit to my kids if they're low on their fruit quotient. It doesn't work to be overly restrictive.”

  • Cook of the Week: We all need a little food and art in our lives Nov 5, 2013 6:13 AM
    Vesna Boscovic believes art can transcend geographic boundaries. “Art can trigger memories or feelings. Art doesn't need a passport; it transgresses borders,” according to Vesna of South Barrington. Food can accomplish the same thing, she said.

  • Images: Daily Herald Cook of the Week Finale Oct 30, 2013 10:44 PM
    Images of the Cook of the Week Cookoff finals at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg. Dan Rich of Elgin was named the winner of the annual competition.

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