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  • Tomatillo Turkey Chili Mar 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    Turkey Chili is a good choice for sweater weather, those evenings when you want to dig into something comforting, but not too heavy.

  • Kombucha G&T Mar 24, 2015 6:00 AM
    Kombucha, a fermented tea, adds interesting dimension to a gin and tonic.

  • SCOBY Mar 24, 2015 5:00 AM
    Kombucha is a fermented tea that, when taken through a second fermentation stage, becomes effervescent. Though it can be odd-looking but it's tasty, tart and slightly sweet. It doesn’t taste like tea; think lambic-style beer meets yogurt. Here's how to make it at home.

  • Artichoke Hummus Mar 24, 2015 5:00 AM
    It's perfectedly acceptable to use canned artichokes in a hummus-like dip.

  • Here’s to kombucha, the grow-your-own tea that swims well with spirits Mar 24, 2015 5:00 AM
    Questions about the wisdom of our ancestors’ culinary choices returned the first time M. Carrie Allan tried kombucha. He knew that the drink was based on very old food traditions and he'd heard health-conscious friends extol its virtues, claiming it had re-energized them, given them the skin and hair of youth, mitigated their digestive ills, baby-sat for their children and cured them of every ailment save perhaps the tendency toward hyperbole. Still, it didn't look like anything anyone would want to drink. Ever.

  • From the food editor: Social media-driven culinary mashup a delicious experiment Mar 25, 2015 3:27 PM
    The folks at the National Pork Board were curious too what Americans were talking about (virtually speaking, of course) and wondered what makes up the ultimate American meal. So in conjunction with digital analytics from Crimson Hexagon's ForSight tool, they analyzed more than 30 million social media posts across our 50 states for a year (ending Nov. 30, 2014) and found that nearly half of socially shared food content included smoked (bacon!), hot and spicy flavors paired with popular proteins.

  • Canned confession: Artichokes with a pop-top work for me Mar 24, 2015 5:00 AM
    Wirter Regina Schrambling was flipping through David Lebovitz’s “My Paris Kitchen” and nearly dropped the drool-inducing cookbook when she saw that the first of his three tapenade recipes called for canned artichokes. If they were good enough for a Chez Panisse pioneer now living in Fresh Artichoke Central, they were worth a try here in the land of out-of-season/crazily pricey/prep-heavy fresh artichokes.

  • Roasted fish and veggies with quinoa and pine nuts Mar 23, 2015 5:45 AM
    This easy, colorful meal is roasted in a parchment paper-lined pan to avoid the need for added oil.

  • Sweet Potato Brownies Mar 24, 2015 7:18 AM
    Sweet potatoes and dates give brownie-like texture to paleo brownies.

  • Raw Brownies Mar 24, 2015 7:19 AM
    Pecans, medjool dates and cacao powder whirl around in a food processor until they resemble a brownie.

  • Lean and lovin’ it: ‘Deliciously Ella’ finds audience for healthy recipes on the Internet Mar 25, 2015 3:31 PM
    Today’s generation of young cookbook authors embrace all the new media and technology that some of us are still trying to figure out and they’re doing it in fun ways. Take “Deliciously Ella” by Ella Woodward (Scribner, 2015).

  • In Napa, some moving toward a more restrained wine Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    While over-the-top defines Napa Valley, many winemakers are talking restraint. Many winemakers said they are moving toward a more restrained, classical style of wine with moderate alcohol, the style that made Napa famous in the 1970s, and away from the fruit-forward blockbuster cult wines popular in the 1990s and 2000s.

  • Ryerson Woods Conservation Area maple syrup hikes Mar 21, 2015 6:16 PM
    Visitors to Ryerson Woods Conservation Area near Riverwoods got a sweet education Saturday. The monthlong maple syrup hikes, offered through the Lake County Foreset Preserve District, are an annual event that attracts 2,000 to 3,000 visitors. The one-hour hikes run every half-hour from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through March 29.

  • Aaron Lawlor vs. Michael Nerheim in race to benefit two Lake Co. food pantries Mar 20, 2015 4:50 PM
    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerherim went head to head in the 17th annual Race for Hunger.

  • 170,000 pounds of beef recalled in Cook County Mar 20, 2015 10:54 AM
    A Cook County meat company is recalling nearly 170,000 pounds of beef that may be contaminated with E.coli, according to a release from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

  • States to find work for food stamp recipients Mar 20, 2015 5:42 PM
    Only about a fifth of the 46 million SNAP recipients are eligible for training. The rest are elderly, disabled, children or already in the workforce.

  • Heritage Prairie Farm brings weekly organic produce to community Mar 19, 2015 9:10 PM
    Heritage Prairie Farm brings the best in local produce and eggs to the community with their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Participating in their CSA program allows the community to incorporate fresh, local, certified organic produce into their diet.

  • Prune and Turnip Tagine Mar 18, 2015 2:37 PM
    Long before the slow cooker, there was the tagine: a clay cooking vessel from northern Africa whose conical lid promotes condensation and moisture retention, bathing the stew inside (also called a tagine) with steam and coaxing its ingredients to silky tenderness. Try Prune and Turnip Tagine in a tagine or Dutch oven.

  • Check out these must-have items from the 2015 housewares show Mar 18, 2015 2:32 PM
    Cast-iron grill pans, silicone bakeware, hydration solutions (aka water bottles), egg yolk separators, lunch bags, countertop multicookers, garlic gadgets and cocktail gizmos ... it was a cook's dream at the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago.

  • The ultimate kitchen appliance, available everywhere but here Mar 18, 2015 5:00 AM
    KitchenAid is getting into the market for the best appliance you’ve never heard of. The Thermomix is a food processor/blender that also has a heating element and a scale. Sounds crazy, I know, but it’s amazing. It consolidates multiple kitchen jobs into a single countertop appliance and it renders a lot of tedious kitchen tasks as easy as pressing a few buttons. If I was allowed to have only one electric kitchen gadget, I’d pick this.

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