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  • 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.

  • 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!”

  • 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.

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