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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Cook of the Week: College roommates spread the smushie love Aug 5, 2014 5:45 AM
    Have you had a hyggeligt summer? Hyggeligt is a Danish word for the cozy feeling you get when you spend time with loved ones sharing a meal, and Annette Barnum Sindberg and Beth Fawcett are on a mission to spread that Danish concept and their unique versions of Danish smorrebrod — open-faced sandwiches crafted with precision.

  • Cook of the week: Cook’s fundraiser dinner hot auction item at school Jul 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    Once a year Wood Dale teacher's aide Penny Kadlec cooks a full meal for 10 people who outbid the competition at a school fundraiser. Cooking daily for her family of six keeps her in practice for that special meal. “There is a ton of people who look at you and respect you as a teacher, and then you’re serving them food,” she said. “But it’s really fun to be able to do that and get to know them as people versus just parents of kids at school. It’s a nice experience.”

  • Cook of the Week: Volunteering, baking merge to benefit Lake Zurich Lions Jul 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    When the Lake Zurich Lions’ Alpine Fest opens July 18, it’s not likely that you will see J’Ann Tharnstrom, anywhere near the front lines. More likely, she will be working in the background, probably in the hot concession stand, aka ‘the Eat Stand,” and that’s just the way she likes it. “I like to work quietly, behind the scenes,” the Hawthorn Woods woman says.

  • Cook of the Week: International cuisine on her radar Jul 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    With a major in food and nutrition in college and a passion for cooking, Jennifer Noone began her career as a caterer. She soon learned one very important lesson: “Everyone’s playtime was my work time,” she laughs. So Noone, of Deerfield, decided to go into sales and has been a real estate agent in the Northwest suburbs and Chicago for years. Despite the career change, Noone has not lost her cooking flame.

  • Cook of the Week: Competition fuels creative spark Jul 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Cook of the Week Marija Benson received rave reviews through the years for her oatmeal maple syrup bread and chocolate chip cake but she never had the desire to test her mettle in a competition. A baking instructor encouraged her to try and now she's on a winning streak.

  • Cook of the Week: Hunter tracks down recipes to feed growing girls Jun 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    With Father’s Day a recent holiday, it seems appropriate that this week’s cook of the week was nominated by his two daughters. “We would like to nominate our father, Brian Peterson, because he is a great cook and he specializes in venison…venison was the first red meat we ever ate.”

  • Mount Prospect mom finds success on recipe contest circuit Jun 10, 2014 3:02 PM
    Remember last January? (Here's a hint: cold, snow and ice, repeat.) Well, while we were busy shoveling our driveways for the umpteenth time, Sue Cortesi of Mount Prospect, and her husband, were winging their way to sunny California. Sue's recipe for Moroccan Lamb Bolognese took the grand prize in a recipe contest held by Kenwood Vineyards, garnering an all-expenses paid trip to Napa Valley.

  • Cook of the Week: Planning key to healthy family dinners Jun 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Kate Kent keeps meals simple for her husband and four daughters. “I like knowing what’s in my food,” the Arlington Heights woman said. “I like knowing what’s going on the table and where the food came from." Kate said planning meals for her large family requires a weekly menu; she notes what to buy at the beginning of the week and when to defrost meats. “I find that without it (a plan) it is so scattered and hectic."

  • Cook of the Week: Feeding family a job she takes very seriously May 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    For Amy King, putting dinner on the table for the family holds a special meaning. First of all, her "family" consists of three teenagers, their children and her co-worker. Secondly, as a family teacher at Mooseheart Child City and School, putting the food on the table and providing a warm family atmosphere is her job. And she takes her job very seriously.

  • Cook of the Week: Barrington woman recaptures childhood bicycling, with cuisine May 20, 2014 6:18 AM
    While Marianne Anderson has made Barrington home for more than 40 years, she still lives by much of what she remembers back in Holland, including daily grocery trips and preparing meals filled with vegetables. “People (in Holland) usually go to the store every day or every other day. Everything is smaller. They have tiny refrigerators. You pretty much buy for one or two days,” she said.

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