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  • McAlister’s Deli chain expanding to Naperville Jan 22, 2015 6:32 PM
    A deli that alumni of several universities in Illinois might know from their campus days is coming to Naperville. McAlister’s Deli has locations in college towns including Carbondale, Champaign, Normal and Peoria, and it’s now planning an expansion to Naperville and about 15 other towns in the suburban area.

  • Traditional Cheese Fondue Jan 21, 2015 6:01 AM
    Emmentaler and Gruyere cheese make a nice base for fondue, but fontina, gouda and blue can be added for something a little different. Culinary Adventures writer Penny Kazmier explains why we love its cheesy goodness.

  • Ask the Nutritionist: Add cartenoid-rich winter squash, sweet potatoes to cold-weather menus Jan 21, 2015 6:01 AM
    Winter squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes are packed with potassium, which seems to promote good blood pressure control. All are good sources of vitamin C, too, with sweet potatoes containing the highest amounts. Sweet potatoes are richer in natural sugars and starches than most vegetables, making them higher in calories.

  • Culinary adventures: Fondue makes for fun game-day feasting Jan 21, 2015 6:01 AM
    Fondue comes from the French fondre, meaning “to melt,” and dates back to 18th century Switzerland as a way to use aged cheeses and breads to feed families who had limited access to fresh foods during the winter time. Today, fondue has morphed into a fun food for young and oldgatherings large and small. Try Penny Kazmier's traditional take on fondue at your next game-day gathering or family dinner.

  • Focaccia with Herbs and Garlic Jan 20, 2015 1:01 AM
    Focaccia with Herbs and Garlic is a yeast-raised bread that requires little kneading.

  • Moroccan Lentil Soup with Mustard Greens Jan 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    Select French green or brown lentils for Moroccan Lentil Soup; they hold their shape and texture better.

  • Turkey Tortellini Soup Jan 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    Tomatoes, Italian seasoning, cheese tortellini and baby spinach turn leftover turkey into a warming, welcome Turkey Tortelini Soup. The recipes comes from Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Dinners.

  • Slow Cooker Onion Soup Jan 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    A slow cooker does double duty, first caramelizing onions, then cooking them with broth for a nearly effortless onion soup.

  • Crock Pot Lemon Rice Soup Jan 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    Add cooked chicken to Crock Pot Lemon Rice Soup to make it a more filling soup.

  • Loaded Potato Soup Jan 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    Loaded Potato Soup cooks in a slow cooker for 3-5 hours.

  • Get to the heart of Italian baking with focaccia Jan 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    At the heart of Italian baking you will discover focaccia. Derived from the Latin word focacia, meaning hearth or fireside, this ancient flatbread originally was made as free-form loaves using scraps of dough pieces from the day's production. Knead the scraps together, add a splash of olive oil and a sprig of fresh herbs and the small fragrant rounds crackle in the intense heat of a well-stoked fire.

  • Warm up wintry days with slow-cooked soups Jan 20, 2015 1:00 PM
    Chris Daly counts on her slow cooker every week to help get dinner on the table for her busy family of four. “I'm a meal planner,” the Palatine mom says. “I look at the calendar and figure out our busiest days, and that's when I use the crockpot. It's usually twice a week.” This time of year ingredients for chilis, stews and soups often find their way into the pot, simmering away while she works.

  • Cook of the Week: Thinking outside the cake mix box for creative desserts Jan 20, 2015 10:57 AM
    Patricia Kutchins shares an ingredient that she considers her go-to when it comes to making decadent treats in a snap: boxed cake mix. Yet the Lake Zurich cook quickly points out that she doesn’t just dump the mix along with oil and eggs into a bowl. With each mix, she adds her own inspiration and creates a dessert that would be special enough to serve to family and friends and even receive recognition.

  • From the food editor: A toast to turmeric Jan 20, 2015 6:17 AM
    As part of my resolution to explore new cuisines in 2015, I’ve discovered turmeric. I’ve used this earthy, slightly peppery spice in a slow-cooker stew and butternut squash soup and even sprinkled a bit into hummus. Here's a recipe for a spicy cider that includes this spice in fresh form.

  • ‘Food Court Wars’ eatery closing in West Dundee Jan 20, 2015 5:40 PM
    Winning a Food Network show wasn’t enough to save Taco in a Bag at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee from closing, but its owners say they are working on opening a new spot in Chicago. “When people go to a mall, people want something that they are used to — a big slice of pizza, a pretzel. Something new, or a light twist on gourmet doesn’t have a place there,” co-owner Tim Brown said.

  • Holiday Amaretto Cake Jan 20, 2015 10:54 AM
    Cook of the Week Patricia Kutchins spikes yellow cake mix with amaretto for a spirited holiday bundt.

  • Pumpkin Spice Biscotti Jan 20, 2015 10:54 AM
    Cook of the Week Patricia Kutchins' Pumpkin Spice Biscotti starts with a box of cake mix.

  • Italian Ricotta Cookies Jan 20, 2015 10:55 AM
    Cook of the Week Patricia Kutchins' makes Italian Ricotta Cookies for the holidays.

  • Chocolate has a long, sweet history Jan 19, 2015 12:43 PM
    Teenage chocolate fans crafted these questions about chocolate after attending the Vernon Area Public Library District’s National Chocolate Day festivities in October. “Why is Switzerland famous for chocolate, and what is chocolate made out of?”

  • Dairy industry braces for a milk bust Jan 17, 2015 4:53 PM
    With an excess of milk in the international market, prices for milk, butter and milk powder continue to drop. Market predictions for 2015 look worse.

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