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  • New Sandra Lee novel fits vacation mode Aug 20, 2013 2:30 PM
    Heartbreak, secrets, healing, rediscovery, recipes. Sandra Lee’s novel “The Recipe Box” has it all. In her fiction debut, Lee, host of Food Network’s “Semi-Homemade Cooking” and author of 20-plus cookbooks, shares a tale of Grace Holm-D’Angelo, thirty-something divorced mother trying to raise a rebellious daughter, juggle a Hollywood career and deal with the death of her best friend back in their hometown of New London, Wis.

  • From the food editor: CSA produce for the committment-adverse a click away Aug 8, 2013 4:09 PM
    Afraid to commit to a CSA? So is Food Editor Deborah Pankey. That's why she likes Peapod's Local Farm Boxes. She also fills you in on a local baking contest and shares a recipe for ice pops that use Samuel Adam's Summer Ale.

  • Catching up with baking champ Brian Emmett of Itasca Jul 31, 2013 1:36 PM
    It's been just three weeks since Itasca dad Brian Emmett impressed the judges on CBS' “The American Baking Competition” with his miniature pastries and peanutty chiffon roll and was crowned Best Amateur Baker in the U.S. What was the biggest lesson Emmett learned on the show? “Taking the judges' criticism and growing," he said. "I went in a good baker and came out a more knowledgeable baker.”

  • From the food editor: Suburban eateries cited for stellar wine lists Jul 24, 2013 6:00 AM
    Wine Spectator magazine bestowed honors on a few dozen suburban restaurants for their stellar wine lists. Fine dining spots, tony steakhouses, Italian classics and casual bistros made the cut.

  • Deadline looming for Cook of the Week Challenge Jul 19, 2013 9:13 AM
    Food Editor Deborah Pankey wonders why you haven't entered the Cook of the Week Challenge yet. Now in its third year, the contest challenges home cooks from around the suburbs to come up with recipes using ingredients in a mystery basket. The cooks face off one-on-one in a series of recipe challenges (think NCAA Sweet-16 format); their recipes are evaluated by a panel of judges until we whittle the field to four.

  • Naperville mom helps food allergy sufferers travel safely Jul 17, 2013 10:20 AM
    Naperville mom Amy Wicker was determined that her daughter's food allergies were not going to affect their family vacation. That was easier said then done. She spent hours researching food-allergy friendly options on airlines and at vacation destinations, hotels and stops along the way. Now all she, and other parents, have to do is visit, a site she started.

  • From the Food Editor: Cooking contest, cans and cheesecake Jul 10, 2013 6:21 AM
    Food Editor Deborah Pankey wonders why you haven't entered the Cook of the Week Challenge yet. Now in its third year, the contest challenges home cooks from around the suburbs to come up with recipes using ingredients in a mystery basket. The cooks face off one-on-one in a series of recipe challenges (think NCAA Sweet-16 format); their recipes are evaluated by a panel of judges until we whittle the field to four.

  • Welcome to the dog days — hot dogs, of course Jul 3, 2013 10:02 AM
    This Fourth of July weekend we Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs — a good chunk of the 7 billion (that’s billion with a b) hot dogs we eat between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Two new books by a coupla Chicago guys pay homage to this favorite of encased meats.

  • From the food editor: Making the case for peanut butter at breakfast Jun 26, 2013 2:23 PM
    New research shows eating peanut butter for breakfast helps control blood sugar and keep you feeling full, which may mean you'll eat less later in the day. Food Editor Deborah Pankey also shares tips for summer beer pairings and preserving.

  • Arlington Heights baker snags another award at pie championship Jun 11, 2013 11:30 AM
    Matt Zagorski of Arlington Heights baked the second best fruit pie in the country, according to judges at the National Pie Championship in April. His Blueberry Buckle Pie took second in the fruit/berry category.

  • Grilling gadgets for fun and function Jun 5, 2013 2:45 PM
    Grilling gadgets galore. Deborah Pankey tells you which ones are worth adding to your summer arsenal. She also gives you the 411 on entertaining diva Heather Christo's recipe demonstration in Glen Ellyn.

  • From the Food Editor: Catching up with 'Chopped' judge Maneet Chauhan May 28, 2013 12:20 PM
    When chef Maneet Chauhan's tour bus rolled into Chicago earlier this month it was a bit of a homecoming for her. Chauhan led the kitchen at the Windy City's much-lauded Vermillion for years before heading east to duplicate the restaurant's Indian and Latin American fusion cuisine in the Big Apple. We chat with Chauhan about her new book, her new restaurant and her future in television and radio.

  • From the Food Editor:'Chopped' judge shares insight with local culinary students May 21, 2013 2:40 PM
    Three culinary students at the technology Center of Dupage - seniors Michael Bode of Woodridge, Zachary Molokie of Carol Stream and junior Bryce Mooney of Naperville — each had $30 and 60 minutes to prepare a dish they deemed representative of America and present the plated dish to chef Maneet Chauhan, a judge on Food Network's "Chopped" and two other judges. Also, "Top Chef" fave Fabio Vivivani comes Glendale Heights and CakeSpy blogger Jessie Oleson Moore talks in Vernon Hills.

  • From the Food Editor: Mediterranean diet 20 years young May 8, 2013 1:22 PM
    It's been 20 years since Oldways revealed a healthy eating plan called the Mediterranean diet. Since that time studies have reinforced its reported health benefits and we've seen an explosion of Mediterranean foods, like hummus and Greek yogurt, in supermarkets.

  • Geneva pastry chef to be inducted into culinary hall of fame Apr 24, 2013 7:49 AM
    As if it weren't enough that he has three world records under his toque, Geneva pastry chef Alain Roby, owner of the All Chocolate Kitchen has been named the 2013 Pastry Chef of the Year by the Chicago Culinary Museum and will be inducted into the Chef Hall of Fame later this year.

  • Suburban companies create vanilla vodka Apr 17, 2013 1:55 PM
    Waukegan-based Nielsen-Massey has joined forces with North Shore Distillery, based in Lake Bluff, for a new spirit, Tahitian Vanilla Vodka. "When we infused Nielsen-Massey's amazing Tahitian vanilla beans into our vodka, we were impressed with the spirit's rich, multidimensional vanilla flavor and velvety texture," said Derek Kassebaum, master distiller.

  • From the Food Editor: New cookbook makes Passover easy Mar 19, 2013 9:53 AM
    Cooks today have so many more Passover options than they did even 10 years ago. "Passover Made Easy" is full of recipes for the holidays and year-round. There are 60 triple-tested recipes in all — along with prep tips, plating advice and color photos. In other news, food writer Wilbert Jones lectures on the foods of ancient and modern Africa on Saturday, March 23, at Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts in Chicago.

  • From the Food Editor: Going green isn’t just for the Irish Mar 13, 2013 8:37 AM
    Learn about food policy, urban farming, cheese making and more at the Good Food Festival March 14 to 16 in Chicago. Deborah Pankey also gives a pat on the back to culinary teams from Elgin High School and the Technology Center of DuPage for their winning performances at the Illinois Restaurant Association's student culinary and restaurant management competitions.

  • Chicken soup might be just what the doctor ordered Feb 27, 2013 10:26 AM
    According to the folks at, the number of people searching for chicken soup recipes increases almost porportionally to the number of reported flu cases. When the flu season began in October, there were 356,000 page views for chicken soup; by the end of January, when the flu season peaked, this number increased 20 percent to 446,262 page views.

  • Get acquainted with quinoa Feb 20, 2013 1:40 PM
    The United Nations launches its 2013 International Year of Quinoa initiative so if you're not familiar with quinoa (keen-WA) yet, you'll will be soon. Once found only in specialty food stores, this grain is considered a super food by nutritionists and health experts for its high fiber and protein content. If that wasn't reason enough to like it, it's also high in essential amino acids and is free of gluten and cholesterol.

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