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  • Elgin man wins our Cook of the Week Challenge Oct 31, 2013 12:11 AM
    Dan Rich is Elgin's superintendent of public works during the day, but when he's off the clock, he can sure cook up a mean dish. His Halloween-inspired “Goblin Delight” was the winning dish Wednesday night at the third annual Daily Herald Cook of the Week Challenge.

  • Cook of the Week: Dad goes whole hog into smoking, barbecue Aug 20, 2013 7:39 AM
    David Werner is a smoker — a meat smoker that is. It all started with an experiment in his backyard using his old Weber grill. That first attempt was a pork shoulder; it was a hit. Soon David went out and bought a cheap smoker and it wasn't long until he had a rig large enough to hold a whole pig.

  • Cook of the week: Learning to cook has positive impact on family's waistline Aug 14, 2013 12:57 PM
    For Michaelle Catlett of Cary learning to cook has had a positive effect on her waistline. She lost 45 pounds over three years. She said as she learned to count calories and chose real foods over processed, slowly the weight came off. “It feels wonderful to realize that we are not victims of age or metabolism, and that by making better choices; we have more control over the health and strength of our bodies.”

  • Cook of the week: Food gene runs in the family Aug 6, 2013 8:02 AM
    While Nancy Bertschy is officially our Cook the Week, the truth is, several of her family members could qualify. Her Croatian grandmother started the whole thing; in her kitchen everything was homemade. Nancy's mother was also a good cook who encouraged Nancy and her brother to spend time in the kitchen. Nancy's brother recently made guacamole for the 100 guests at his niece's graduation party. Nancy's daughter is the food chair at her college in Texas, and her teenage son has his own torch for making creme brule. Clearly cooking is a family affair.

  • Cook of the Week: Wheaton mom finds balance on the plate, in life Jul 23, 2013 6:00 AM
    Karen Felker of Wheaton believes in saying yes to dessert. It was this philosophy and her recipe for Angel Lemon Custard, a delicious confection that miraculously manages to stay under 200 calories, that helped her win a low-calorie dessert challenge on the Steve Harvey show last May.

  • Join our Cook of the Week Challenge Jul 19, 2013 6:00 AM
    The Daily Herald is look for 16 home cooks to take part in our third annual Cook of the Week Challenge. The contest asks cooks to develop recipes using mystery basket ingredients (nothing like cow tongue or dried seaweed flakes) and common pantry items. The deadline to enter is July 24.

  • Cook of the Week: Roselle woman passionate about sweets Jul 9, 2013 6:17 AM
    Peggy Schwerman has proved she has quite a serve — a tennis serve that is — playing the game competitively for 40 years. The Roselle woman also has proved she knows how to serve something else — homemade desserts and salads that people love.

  • Cook of the Week: Mom relies on fresh ingredients to fuel family Jul 2, 2013 3:14 PM
    When Pam Soramuk was 10 years old and living in Thailand, her mother taught her how to cook. Pam pretty much hated it.“I didn't like it because it was something I had to do!” she laughs. In fact, even though her family owned a bakery in Thailand, she wasn't interested. Now, Pam, who now lives in Palatine, loves to cook. She and her husband own a restaurant, and that often Pam calls home for recipes from the bakery?

  • Cook of the Week: Online course helps working mom hone her skills Jun 25, 2013 6:00 AM
    With a career as a bond trader and being a mother of two, Anne Gulotta sees little time to do much else. With the Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, based in Hoffman Estates, she found a way to advance her passion for cooking with limited time and without leaving her own kitchen.

  • Cook of the week: Retired teacher pursues fruitful passion Jun 18, 2013 6:27 AM
    For Trudy Van Slooten of Hinsdale the opening of the farmers market is particularly welcome and it means one thing: time to make the jam. Trudy, who has been making jam for 25 years, ensures us it is not an elaborate undertaking. “Most people think it's so hard but it's not!”

  • Maple, Pecan and Bacon Caramel Corn Jun 11, 2013 6:00 AM
    Maple, Pecan and Bacon Caramel Corn: Domino Rosi

  • Cook of the Week: Twist on a childhood snack lands Lombard man in winner’s circle Jun 11, 2013 6:00 AM
    Domino Rosi remembers the melted butter dripping onto the hot popcorn popped in the air popper. His mom then added brown sugar to create the heavenly caramel corn that was a staple of his childhood. But it is his sticky, salty version of caramel corn that garnered the Lombard man national accolades.

  • Cook of the Week: Cooking keeps octogenarian young Jun 4, 2013 2:39 PM
    When we finally caught up with Rose Palma, a busy octogenarian from Glen Ellyn, she was just putting the finishing touches on 20 coffee cakes. "I do this once a month!" says Rose, who thinks nothing of whipping up food for a crowd and has been doing so for more than six decades, with no plans to let up any time soon.

  • Cooks of the Week: Local bakers compete in TV reality series May 28, 2013 10:22 AM
    When "The American Baking Competition" premiers on CBS on Wednesday, May 29, suburbanites are likely to recognize some faces. Darlene Pawlukowsky, a Mount Prospect native and Prospect High School graduate, and Brian Emmett, a Glenbard East High School grad now living in Itasca, are among the 10 amateur bakers vying for a $250,000 grand prize in the elmination-style reality show.

  • Cook of the Week: Young baker knows way to family's heart May 21, 2013 6:15 AM
    At 16, Danaca Fiedler of Arlington Heights is already a seasoned baker, crafting treats for her parents and five siblings on a near weekly basis. "What really inspires me is thinking of what friends and family will love," Danaca says. "When I'm baking, I always want it to be for my family and friends and hope they will like it."

  • Father and son inspire each other in the kitchen May 7, 2013 7:46 AM
    Dan Kurnick, of Hoffman Estates, has been helping his dad in the kitchen ever since he was tall enough to reach the cutting board. "My dad has taught me everything I know about cooking," says Dan. "I've always liked watching Dad cook. I've always been eager to learn. His dishes are fantastic and I'm one who likes to eat."

  • Experienced cook pens book to help younger generations Apr 30, 2013 7:37 AM
    In 50 years of cooking for her husband and family, Elgin's Martha Klemenz has learned a thing or two. She has culled her kitchen experience into a cookbook she hopes will help younger folks get comfortable in the kitchen. “I knew nothing about cooking, was faced with a husband who thought that I could cook and I struggled mightily to succeed in the kitchen with the help of mediocre and ineffective cookbooks,” said Martha.

  • Late bloomer enjoying her time in the kitchen Apr 23, 2013 6:21 AM
    For a long time, no one would ever let Yadira Soter cook. Growing up in Mexico City, all the moms — her grandmother, aunts and mother — did the cooking. And when she came to the U.S. 18 years ago and got married, her husband did the cooking for an entire year. Then one day her husband's best friend, an Italian chef, asked her if she would like to help him cook. She said yes. Now, cooking is Yadira's passion.

  • Cook of the Week: Picky eater learns to branch out Apr 16, 2013 6:00 AM
    Nick Ninedorf admits he was a picky eater growing up. "My parents struggled to get me to eat anything other than macaroni and cheese and hot dogs," he admits. But working in a restaurant in college changed his outlook on food. Nick says while watching the chefs, he learned to mimic their recipes and discovered that how you pair ingredients can create wonderful meals at home.

  • Slow cookers help busy mom get dinner on the table Apr 10, 2013 6:00 PM
    According to Cheryl Moeller, teenagers, left to their own devices. would eat Lou Malnati's pizza every night. That's why this mother of six likes to stay one step ahead of her kids and have dinner ready and smelling good when they get home. In fact, Cheryl often does have her dinner prepared and "in the oven" first thing in the morning, with the aid of not one, but two slow cookers.

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