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  • Farmer and chef shares insights with home cooks Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Eric Skokan’s intrepid approach to food and ability to turn misfortune into a delicious dish help explain why his integrated farm-and-restaurant operation is one of the nation’s largest. He has gone well beyond the small vanity gardens some restaurateurs grow in order to claim a farm-to-table ethos. He raises thousands of animals — steers, pigs, chickens and geese among them — and grows vegetables by the ton to supply his two acclaimed restaurants, Black Cat Bistro and Bramble & Hare.

     
  • Sauteed Turkey with Prosciutto, Sage And Chanterelles Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Sauted turkey with proscuitto, sage and chanterelles takes a cue from the classic Italian dish saltimbocca.

     
  • Bacon adds boldness to New Year’s Eve celebrations Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Not everything for New Year’s Eve needs to be fussy, bubbly or frilly. It’s OK to ring in 2015 with something richer, smokier and deliciously darker. Like Bacon.

     
  • Winter Orchard Scotch Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Can't find ice cider? Then try ice wine in the Winter Orchard Scotch Cocktail

     
  • Slow Candied Bacon Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Red pepper flakes keep Slow Candied Bacon from becoming too sweet.

     
  • Dress up bubbles to play nice with food Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Looking for a simple way to dress up your New Year’s Eve bubbles? May we suggest spiking them with a spiced liqueur? It’s fast, simple, delicious and flexible.

     
  • Spiced Prosecco Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Sorel liqueur gives bubbly a gently spiced, lightly fruit flavor. Serve the cocktail with honey-glazed persimmon tart.

     
  • Honey-Broiled Persimmon Tarts Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Serve honey-broiled persimmon tarts with your bubbly this year.

     
  • Soupalooza: Black-eyed peas soup boosts heath, good luck in New Year Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    M. Eileen Brown stumbled onto a recipe or story about the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck and became intrigued. After all, who doesn’t want a little extra good luck — especially when it involves eating something so obviously good for you? Black-eyed peas (which really aren’t peas at all, but rather beans) are low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol. They are high in iron and fiber and a ½ cup serving of cooked black-eyed peas counts as one ounce of lean meat.

     
  • Southern New Year’s Day Soup Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    It never hurts to have good luck on your side, so why not start 2015 with a bowl of black-eyed pea soup.

     
  • Passion fruit gives a classic Bellini a fresh twist for the New Year Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    The Bellini. It’s a simple drink created in Italy using white peaches, prosecco and (sometimes) a little cherry juice. But for New Year's Day, Elizabeth Karmel decided to remake this classic summer cocktail with a winter fruit. These days, most fruits — and fruit juices — are available all year, but I wanted a fruit that was harvested in sunny Florida in December. I settled on passion fruit because similar to white peaches it is both delicate and intensely aromatic.

     
  • Passion Fruit Bellini Dec 28, 2014 6:01 AM
    Passion Fruit Bellini starts New Year's, or any day, off right.

     
  • 2014: A year of battle lines drawn over dinner Dec 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    Battle lines are being drawn and they cut right down the dinner table. For if there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or debating how healthy is too healthy for school lunches, or scolding one another for our gluten choices, this year our collective culinary consciousness seemed mired in disputes.

     
  • Six ways you can dress up sweatpants for non-casual occasions Dec 28, 2014 7:10 AM
    To me, being comfortable in your clothes means having the confidence that comes with wearing a bespoke suit. Yes, wearing sweatpants in public is now a thing. To clarify: when I say sweatpants, I am talking about tailored fleece trousers, not old baggy sweats.

     
  • A medical student learns an important lesson when she becomes a patient Dec 28, 2014 7:01 AM
    We had just finished our endocrine unit when I noticed a lump in my neck. Perhaps school had made me more vigilant, or perhaps I merely fell into the realm of hypochondriac medical student, but I couldn’t ignore this lump.

     
  • The top ten wines of the year, as tasted by critic Elin McCoy Dec 28, 2014 6:32 AM
    Bloomberg crritic Elin McCoy sampled over 4,000 bottles of wine in 2014. Her top ten most memorable bottles range from a great vintage of a Napa cult classic to a bargain from France’s snowy alps to a new, rare Italian collectible. All say something about what’s hot in the wine world, and what’s in store for 2015.

     
  • Ruling opens door for cruise malpractice lawsuits Dec 28, 2014 6:42 AM
    A federal appeals court recently threw out the rule that cruise ships relied on to avoid medical malpractice suits. The rule had said passengers should not expect the same level of medical care on a ship as on land, and ships’ doctors and nurses were private contractors beyond the cruise lines’ direct control.

     
  • Constable: Hoffman Estates photographer beautifies patients' windows Dec 28, 2014 7:48 AM
    When her husband's hospital room windows looked out on a drab rooftop, Shelly Lawler decided to create a change of scenery. Now she transforms windows into art for others. “If you are confined in your bed, you want to see something interesting,” says Laurie Miller, director of the Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “We were looking for something to spice up the rooms.”

     
  • Believe Project: $100 to help chem teacher pay medical bills Dec 28, 2014 7:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Matthew Feinberg of Arlington Heights, who wants to help his chemistry teacher pay for bills associated with her son's accident and her cat's illness - and to buy new chem lab equipment that the students break.

     
  • Hospice: Are we prolonging life or prolonging death? Dec 28, 2014 7:00 AM
    “I think if someone from Mars came and saw some of these people, they would say, what they done to deserve this punishment?” said one doctor of hospice. Critics of U.S. health care have long marshaled evidence against the overuse of aggressive end-of-life care, but the idea that many Americans are dying badly has gained currency of late.

     
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