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  • Health officials: Food label changes not enough Jul 20, 2014 7:37 AM
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don’t tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. Public health advocates say that information is necessary to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket.

  • Rieslings struggle to get past sugary stigma Jul 19, 2014 5:00 AM
    Tell friends you favor Riesling and you're likely to get a shake of the head and a dismissal of sweet wines. For many consumers, Riesling remains saddled with that stigma, a vestige of the insipid, sugary wines from Germany that flooded the market in the 1970s and their cloying American counterparts. Yet that's not the full Riesling story, and it's exceedingly popular among the most dedicated wine fiends.

  • Poor New Yorkers getting fancy food leftovers Jul 18, 2014 4:01 AM
    Some of the world’s fanciest foods are going to New Yorkers who can’t afford even basic meat-and-potato meals. This week, they got about 90,000 pounds of delicacies left over from the largest marketplace of specialty foods and beverages in North America, the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. When the three-day display closed Tuesday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s West Side, hundreds of volunteers descended on mountains of artisanal cheeses, salsas and jams, plus chocolate, olive oil, prosciutto, spices and other items donated by many of this year’s 2,700 purveyors from 49 countries.

  • Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska Jul 18, 2014 1:52 PM
    The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the Norton Sound Seafood center to have their photos taken with it.

  • Tricks for bringing up summer spinach Jul 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Popeye ain’t the only bloke who’s gotta have spinach. Some gardeners also crave it, freshly picked. This isn’t spinach season, though. Spinach is sensitive to cycles of night and day, and summer’s short nights induce the plants to send up flower stalks, set seed and then die, instead of growing the succulent, broad leaves they do in spring and fall. Hot weather also plays a role in inducing flower stalks.

  • Baking secrets: Don't overcomplicate competition cookies Jul 17, 2014 9:46 AM
    What does it take to win that elusive blue ribbon? What makes one entry catch the judges' eye and tantalizes their taste buds? Today's recipe for Blue Ribbon Fair Cookies provides a great opportunity to learn a few of the secrets.

  • Kids in Harper class cook for homeless families Jul 17, 2014 5:54 AM
    Harper College teacher Pieranna Fanella handed her students a special assignment: prepare fresh dishes for homeless families at Journeys-The Road Home in Palatine. By Wednesday afternoon, kids in the summer course filled four shelves in a walk-in refrigerator. "I'm really proud of them," their beaming teacher said.

  • Blue Ribbon Fair Cookies Jul 17, 2014 9:54 AM
    Practice Annie Overboe's Blue Ribbon Fair Cookies before you create your own winning recipe.

  • Microbrews get big exposure at Naperville Ale Fest Jul 17, 2014 11:01 AM
    The Naperville Ale Fest organizers expect 5,000 craft brew connoisseurs to visit the more than 100 beer tents Saturday atl Naper Settlement. “If you haven’t liked any beers here, you’re not trying hard enough,” organizer Josh Seago says.

  • Raspberry with Prosecco Zabiglione Jul 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Rasberry Zabigone showcases summer fruit the way it's meant to be served: fresh.

  • To solve the problem of breaking bottles, Coravin has a trick up its sleeve Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    With the help of Coravin, a revolutionary way of preserving leftover wine, restaurants could offer premium, expensive wines by the glass without fear of wasting most of the bottle. Until bottles began breaking.

  • Aronia berry gaining market foothold in US Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Aaronia berryies are showing up in everything from juices and powdered supplements to baby food. Midwesterners probably know it as chokeberry, the name European settlers centuries ago gave the berry they found tart, astringent and more pretty than palatable.

  • Simple syrup the secret to great lemonade Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Homemade lemonade is an essential taste of summer. But concentrates and powders simply won’t suffice. Luckily, great homemade lemonade is as easy as remembering a few numbers — 3-1-1-1. Three cups of cold water, 1 cup of lemon juice, 1 cup of sugar and 1 more cup of water to make the sugar syrup.

  • Raspberries best when served fresh Jul 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Raspberries are one of the few fruits that never improve when cooked. This seeming miracle of nature poses a problem for home cooks: If you can’t improve raspberries by putting them in a tart or cobbler or upside-down cake, how are you supposed to serve them at a dinner party? L.V. Anderson humbly proposes serving your berries with zabaglione.

  • Capture the golden glow of apricots by canning Jul 17, 2014 10:42 AM
    Most trees in commercial apricot orchards will be completely stripped during harvest, with most of the apricots at peak ripeness, some underripe and some overripe. For canning, look for slightly underripe fruit that gives only slightly when gently squeezed. The fruit should be not at all green and should have a sweet scent.

  • 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.

  • From the food editor: Celebrating farmed food and famed chefs Jul 15, 2014 7:09 AM
    “The Green City Market Cookbook” celebrates the farmers, the food, the chefs and shoppers who have flocked to Green City Market for organic, sustainable and locally sourced produce since 1998.

  • Fox BBQ competition heats up in St. Charles Jul 13, 2014 5:55 PM
    The Fox Valley was the site of some smoking hot competition Sunday.More than 50 grilling teams put their backyard reputations on the line during the Firin’ Up the Fox BBQ Competition and Festival, held in St. Charles.

  • Aronia berry gaining market foothold Jul 12, 2014 2:10 PM
    Consumers are taking notice of the potential health benefits, said Stacey Loftus, Hy-Vee’s health and wellness supervisor. Research published last year in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry says aronia’s oxygen radical absorbance capacity — a standard measurement of antioxidant strength — shows the berry has one of the highest values ever recorded for a fruit.

  • Move over Mom: Twisted Trail Mix a hit with high-energy kids Jul 10, 2014 6:01 AM
    Summer timemeans travel time for many families. Whether the family is jumping into the van for a multi-state tour or climbing on a bike for a tour of the local forest preserve, you're going to need a snack to keep you going. Jerome Gabriel's Twisted Trail Mix will be your new go-to snack.

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