Articles filed under Kazmier, Penny

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  • Culinary adventures: Too hot to turn on the oven? Slowcooker rescues dinner Jul 22, 2014 6:05 AM
    Faced with no oven or stove during a remodeling project, Penny Kazmier found herself turning to an electric skillet, hotpot and microwave to get dinner on the table. When she got he craving for comfort food, she broke out her slow cooker and crafted a four-layer cheese lasagna.

  • Culinary Adventures: Chopped salad perfect blend of flavor, textures Jun 18, 2014 5:50 AM
    Summer means salads for Penny Kazmier. And this summer she's crazy about Stetson Chopped Salad, a salad that got its start in Arizona and features a surprising ingredient: freeze-dried corn.

  • Culinary adventures: Penny gives ribs the rub May 20, 2014 5:41 AM
    For Penny Kazmier, nothing signals the approach of summer more than the smell of barbecue wafting through the backyard. Her family’s hands-down favorite barbecue treat is ribs, but not just any ribs. Her ribs require multiple steps including a spice rub, overnight refrigeration and several hours of cooking over low heat. A bit of effort, yes, but worth it without question.

  • Culinary adventures: Lunching, learning with Lidia Bastianich Apr 24, 2014 7:21 AM
    Eataly, an Italian food paradise, lies just a short train ride away in downtown Chicago. In case you need inspiration, you can take a class at La Scoula, Eataly's cooking school taught by its chefs and other experts. Penny Kazmier was lucky enough to take a class taught by the dean of La Scoula, Lidia Bastianich. Lidia is one of Eataly's founders as well as an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur.

  • Culinary adventures: Pepper perks up chocolate brownie Mar 27, 2014 7:42 AM
    Penny Kazmier was asked to bring dessert to a Mexican-themed dinner. With childhood memories of Mexican hot chocolate fresh in her mind she set out to recapture that taste memory and update it with a chile pop. The result: Cinnamon Chile Brownies.

  • Culinary Adventures: Penny gives tip of the hat to Blue Bonnet Cafe’s German chocolate pie Feb 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    Just outside Austin, Texas, in the town of Marble Falls, sits the famous Blue Bonnet Café. With its homestyle menu and delicious pies, this 80-plus-year-old eatery made Penny Kazmier feel like she was visiting grandma’s house, where the food was always plentiful and something was always in the oven.

  • Culinary adventures: Incorporating cooking classes in vacation plans Jan 22, 2014 8:48 AM
    I am hooked on cooking classes and take a one whenever the opportunity presents itself. Like when I learned Stonewall Kitchen, the creator of those delicious gourmet jams, sauces and salsas, operates a cooking school in York, Maine, I knew a visit would be part of my vacation intinerary.

  • Culinary adventures: Stuffed mushrooms star of appetizer tray Dec 18, 2013 5:30 AM
    When I was featured as Cook of the Week I shared that one of my family’s favorite things to do is to have “snacks” or appetizers for dinner instead of traditional meat-potato-vegetables on the plate. More than 10 years later that dinner mash-up remains a special treat and a holiday tradition.

  • Culinary adventures: Thanksgiving leftovers get new life in soup Nov 27, 2013 6:00 AM
    Don't want a turkey and cranberry sandwich again? Penny Kazmier pulls together a hot and tasty soup that starts with remnants of your Thanksgiving feast.

  • Culinary adventures: Thanksgiving leftovers get new life in soup Nov 20, 2013 6:10 AM
    Don't want a turkey and cranberry sandwich again? Penny Kazmier pulls together a hot and tasty soup that starts with remnants of your Thanksgiving feast.

  • Culinary adventures: Road trip leads to memorable mashers Oct 22, 2013 3:40 PM
    Earlier this month Penny Kazmier traveled to Texas. Excited by the prospect of tasting the Lone Star State’s famed smoked meats, barbecue and chili, she was surprised that the culinary highlight of the trip turned out to be mashed potatoes.

  • Culinary Adventures: No reason to get angry over roasted tomato arribbiata Sep 18, 2013 10:53 AM
    Whether heirloom, cherry or beefsteak tomatoes seem to be abundant right now, especially if you have them growing in your garden. If you’re growing tired of BLTs and looking for more creative dishes to use up your tomatoes, Penny Kazmier has the recipe for you — roasted tomato arrabbiata pasta sauce. Arrabbiata sauce is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes and red chili peppers.

  • Culinary adventures: Souffle recipe treasured souvenir from Mediterranean cruise Aug 21, 2013 12:50 PM
    A recent cruise fed Penny Kazmier's culinary curiosity and she left the ship with a unique souvenir: the recipe for the ship's signature chocolate souffle.

  • Culinary adventures: An attempt to recreate a restaurant dessert proves delicious Jul 17, 2013 10:21 AM
    Rrecently Penny Kazmier headed back to a favorite restaraunt her mind set on ordering a frozen treat featuring a cookie crust and layers of fudge, ice cream, caramel and chocolate chip cookie dough only to learn it was no longer on the menu. Still craving that sweet masterpiece she headed into the kitchen to recreate, or at least try to recreate, that decadent dessert.

  • Culinary adventures: Chicago outing opens eyes to worldly cuisine, cocktails Jun 19, 2013 10:05 AM
    When you're with Penny Kazmier any outing can turn into a culinary adventure. Such was the case when she headed to the Waldorf Astoria's Balsan restaurant with a couple of friends. The group learned to create artisan cheese and meat selections and a gin-based cocktail that are perfect for summer entertaining.

  • Culinary adventures: California roll morphs from sushi to salad May 21, 2013 2:11 PM
    Warm weather means salads for Culinary Adventures columnist Penny Kazmier. Judging a kids salad contest inspired her with new flavor combinations and reminded her what she liked about one of her favorite salads that riffs on a California sushi roll.

  • Culinary adventures: Uncovering vanilla’s savory side Apr 16, 2013 2:12 PM
    Inspired by her participation in the 2011 Daily Herald Cook of the Week competition, and a more recent visit to the Waukegan home of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Company, Penny Kazmier sets out to prove that vanilla isn't just for baking.

  • Culinary adventures: Crock pot good for more than soups and stews Jan 15, 2013 1:12 PM
    Does your slow cooker sit in the back of a cabinet, used only for the occasional stew or soup? Penny Kazmier admits her appliance faced that fate, but no longer. She has conquered her crock pot, learning to use to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.

  • Make-ahead souffle roll the perfect Christmas present Dec 18, 2012 2:05 PM
    Christmas morning is magical for kids; not so much for moms who have to feed a hungry bunch. Culinary Adventures columnist Penny Kazmier realized the key to morning bliss for everyone is a make-ahead breakfast. She shares her favorite, a rolled spinach and cheese souffle.

  • Tips for navigating the tasty world of food festivals Nov 15, 2012 2:02 PM
    Food and wine festivals seem to be popping up everywhere from Aspen, Colo. to Portland, Maine. Culinary Adventures columnist Penny Kazmier has been to a few and offers tip for getting the most from these scrumptious events.

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