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  • Classic frozen pop from childhood remade as a pie Aug 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    J.M. Hirsch wanted the creamy-sweet richness of a Creamsicle, but he wanted it as a beverage. After a few misfires, he settled on combining a high-end orange soda with vanilla ice cream in the blender, then pulsing until smooth, but still milk shake-thick. It was simple. It was kind of stupid. It was crazy delicious. Then, he put it in a graham cracker crust. Oh yeah!

  • Orange-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie With Orange Whipped Cream Aug 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    Orange Ice Cream pie captures classic frozen pop from childhood

  • Alice Waters’ Summer Minestrone Aug 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Alice Waters’ Summer Minestrone Soup can be made with whatever vegetables you need to use up.

  • Soupalooza: Minestrone a melting pot for summer veggies Aug 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Sometimes she can't help herself. M. Eileen Brown gets overwhelmed by the lovely fresh produce at the farmers market and ends up buying more than she can possibly cook. Instead of letting the tomatoes and greenbeans rot on the counter (again) she turned to Alice Waters for a soupy solution.

  • Cook of the Week Challenge: 16 prepare for the heat of competition Aug 27, 2014 9:32 AM
    The 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge gets underway today as we reveal the 16 suburban cooks who will battle it out for the title Cook of the Year. Over the next two months, these folks will compete in one-on-one recipe contests that challenge them to use the same “mystery ingredients” to create an entree and at least one side dish or a one-pot meal. The cook with the winning recipe will advance to the next round. The four left standing will compete in a live cook-off, where the winner will be crowned Cook of the Year.

  • Filmmakers find we’re watching what we eat Aug 27, 2014 6:04 AM
    Ogling food on the big screen has gotten easier and easier now that so many culinary-focused films are hitting theaters. In the past year alone we’ve seen “Haute Cuisine,” set in the kitchen of a French president; “Le Chef,” about a struggling French restaurant. This summer has seen two high-profile food movies: “Chef,” directed, written and starring Jon Favreau, and “The Hundred-Foot Journey” with Helen Mirren, which is now playing.

  • Summery Quinoa Tabbouleh Aug 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Fresh mint and parsley work together in a quinoa-version of tabbouleh.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: Learning to recognize, curb sugar addiction Aug 26, 2014 5:55 AM
    Eve O. Schaub's ode to sugar sounds dangerously close to an addiction, and perhaps there’s more truth in that than any of us would like. Don Mauer takes a look inside her book and the role of sugar in our diets.

  • Making the case for a simple well-stocked home bar Aug 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Convinced there had to be a better way to stock a bar, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson and husband David Solmonson set out to cull the cocktail herd and hone in on only the most essential ingredients for great drinking. They settled on an even dozen, which gave birth first to the website, and now a cookbook/shopping guide, “The 12 Bottle Bar.”

  • Jen School students expand from growing vegetables to selling them Aug 25, 2014 12:39 PM
    Students returned l to the Jen School on the campus of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines to find their vegetable garden bursting with fresh produce. In fact, the garden is turning out so much the school is opening a farmers market. “The garden truly is an extension of the school,” Anne Craig says. “It’s not just the planting, cultivating and harvesting that offers so many lessons; it’s the social, emotional and therapeutic aspects that makes it so successful.”

  • Go for the food: In Annapolis, crab rules Aug 24, 2014 6:15 AM
    Do not wear your Sunday Best. That’s the first rule for eating messy crabs here on the Chesapeake Bay. Everything else — demonstrating brutal hammer skills, sending up clouds of powdered spice blend, shaking the wobbly communal picnic tables — can be forgiven here at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn. After all, everyone commits at least one of these offenses during a visit.

  • Naperville wine fest opening delayed by weather Aug 23, 2014 6:14 PM
    The opening of the second day of the 12th annual Naperville Wine Festival was delayed two hours by the threat of lightning, but by 6 p.m. the event was packed, one of the organizers said Saturday evening. The event at CityGate Centre featured 59 wineries, cooking and wine pairing demonstrations, 12 restaurants or food trucks, a Belgian beer cafe and musical entertainment.

  • Lynda’s Garden Vegetable Casserole Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM
    Eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes come together in a cheesey summer casserole.

  • Shrimp-Watercress Summer Rolls Aug 20, 2014 8:01 AM
    Shrimp Watercress Summer Rolls highlight the newest superfood, watercress.

  • Easy Overnight Ham and Cheese Casserole Aug 20, 2014 7:01 AM
    Overnight Ham and Cheese Cassrole takes just 20 minutes of active time and leaves you with a weeknight dinner everyone will want to sit down for.

  • Plant waters grow into hot beverage market trend Aug 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based products like coconut water — along with other alternative beverages such as kombucha and tea-based drinks — are growing, particularly those sold alongside your fruits and veggies, according to data compiled by market research firm Nielsen. “The one area of the store where we are just seeing phenomenal growth is the produce department,” says Sherry Frey, health and wellness expert for Nielsen.

  • For parents, back to school means back on lunch duty Aug 20, 2014 6:13 AM
    Ready for another 180? Sure, you’ve braced your kids for the early mornings. You’ve bought them their shoes and shirts and binders and book covers. You’ve even scheduled their haircuts and made sure their backpacks can handle another year of abuse. But have you prepared yourself for another 180 school days of packed lunches?

  • From the Food Editor: College cuisine from food service and beyond Aug 20, 2014 11:13 AM
    Food editor Deborah Pankey didn't think the dorm food at University of Illinois was half bad, but granted that was a few decades ago before she developed a food critic's palette. Still, she was surprised that her alma mater didn't land on The Daily Meal's list of the 75 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2014. Only two Big 10 schools made the list — Northwestern and Purdue. University of Chicago and Wheaton College also got a nod.

  • Do-ahead dinner makes back-to-school smoother Aug 20, 2014 7:01 AM
    A do-ahead dinner can be a lifesaver as families get accustomed to their new school routines. So we created this easy, kid-friendly ham and cheese casserole that can be prepped and refrigerated the night before, then just popped in the oven the next evening.

  • Culinary adventures: Eating, preserving, sharing vegetables from the garden Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM
    Penny Kazmier's desire to consume and preserve her precious summer produce has driven her to pickle cucumbers, jalapenos and even green tomatoes. Cucumber, tomato and onion salad has been on her dinner table almost every night; and she has zucchini shredded, measured and frozen for future zucchini bread recipes. Her favorite was to use up her garden's bounty has been Lynda’s Garden Vegetable Casserole. The hearty casserole won “two-thumbs up” from even the veggie-adverse around the table.

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