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  • Oven eggs with olive oil and dukkah

    Eggs break out, crack the haute cuisine sceneApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Don’t tell James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman that eggs are trending. The egg, after all, can be “the height of refinement or the quintessential simple peasant dish. It can be four-star cooking or it can be a last-minute on-the-run lunch,” he says. “What can’t it do?”

  • Some American vermouths have stirred an international scuffle.

    American vermouth stirs heated debateApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Would a vermouth by any other name sell as sweet? American vermouth producers might start wondering. Some of their products have stirred an international scuffle, raising the question of how much the inclusion of artemisia, a single genus of plant, defines an entire category of fortified wine.

  • Hearty and fresh Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus fits the menu for cool spring nights.

    Hearty, yet fresh soup fit for cool spring nightsApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Looking for a healthy dinner option for warms days and cool night? How about a quick and easy soup that is jammed with fresh vegetables and comes together in about 30 minutes.

  • Goan-Style Mussels, inspired by Madhur Jaffrey, can be on the table in 35 minutes.

    Indian mussels on the table in 35 minutesApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Long before there were takeout tikkas and 15-minute Indian recipes online, Madhur Jaffrey was making the food of her native country accessible for English and American home cooks. This dish, rooted in the small western India state of Goa, predates the grocery-store availability of curry paste.

  • The George Foreman moves from the kitchen counter to the apartment balcony with its Indoor-Outdoor electric grill. It comes with a removable stand, and the removable cooking grate is large enough to hold 15 servings. $99. Available now on QVC; at brick and mortar stores later this year.

    New kitchen gadgets cater to those who want to be plugged in or unpluggedApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Deborah Pankey visited some 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries at the recent International Home and Housewares Show held at McCormick Place. Whether you want to be plugged in or unplugged, she says there's a new product for you.

  • This handout image provide by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows, from left, a current food nutrition label, a proposed label and an alternate label. Revamped food nutrition labels would change serving sizes for popular items like ice cream and sodas, make calories listing more prominent, and, for the first time, list any sugars that were added by the manufacturer. The overhaul of the omnipresent 20 year-old label comes as science has shifted. (AP Photo/FDA)

    Ask the NutritionistApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Just what does "other carbohydrates" on a nutrition label mean? Karen Collins fills us in and tells us how to get calcium in a vegetarian diet.

  • Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus

    Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Spring Corn Soup with Asparagus is perfect for cool spring nights.

  • Nico Osteria in Chicago is chef Paul Kahan's newest venture as one of the owners of One Off Hospitality. In 2013 Kahan shared the James Beard Award for best chef with New York's David Chang, the man behind the Momofuko restaurants.

    Chicago chef Paul Kahan prefers to focus on family Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Paul Kahan is one of the most award-winning chefs in America, but don't go looking for him on television. In fact, the former computer scientist turned last year's James Beard Award winner for best chef shies away from the spotlight almost entirely. Instead, he chooses to focus on his family and the handful of Chicago restaurants he runs with his partners — nationally known eateries like Blackbird, avec and The Publican.

  • Coconut oil and applesauce improve the nutrition profile of Almond Joy Bundt Cake.

    Lean and lovin’ it: Coconut oil spread a healthier butter alternativeApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Back in the day Don Mauer saw coconut oil as the poster child for bad fat because of its high content of saturated fat. More recent research has shown it's not the villain it was made out to be so Don gives it a try in chocolate bundt cake.

  • Chef Lee Wolen is the featured chef for WINGS Taste Takes Flight fundraiser.

    Spreading the word about Peanut Butter and Jelly DayApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Here's a food holiday a lot of people probably celebrate without even knowing it: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Food Editor Deborah Pankey tells you when it is and gives other tasty nuggets of PB&J trivia.

  • High school senior Melissa Cherry knows it's never too early, or too late, to pickup healthy eating habits. Her tater tots are infused with flaxseeds to boost their nutritional profile.

    Cook of the Week: Kaneland senior shares healthy teen-friendly recipesApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cook of the Week Melissa Cherry has made it her passion to make healthier versions of favorite foods — from stuffed peppers to macaroni and cheese — that still satisfy. “Eating healthy can be intimidating because you'll think I'll only be able to have a smoothie for breakfast, eat a salad for lunch and have a piece of broccoli for dinner. People think it's restrictive,” she said.

  • Bob Mariano of Inverness and CEO of the growing Mariano's grocery store chain at the new Northfield store on March 6, 2014.

    How Mariano's CEO created his grocery empireMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bob Mariano of Inverness walked around the newly converted Mariano's grocery store in Northfield like a proud father. He looked at the colorful produce section, admired the European-style floral department and studied changes made to the former Dominick's store. Mariano, a former Dominick's executive, has returned to his former stomping grounds to offer customers a new choice, branded after himself, under parent company, Milwaukee-based Roundy's Inc.

  • A second beer festival is coming June 21 to the once-dry city of Wheaton. The inaugural Wheaton Ale Fest in 2011 is pictured here. BrewFest Partners hosted the ale fest for two years before it was taken over by the Wheaton Park District.

    Craft beer festival coming to Aurora, WheatonMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new festival coming to Aurora and Wheaton this summer will highlight craft beers, cheese and sausage from Wisconsin. The event will be held in Aurora’s River Edge Park on May 31 and at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton on June 21.

  • State to have less corn acreage, more beansMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The number of acres Illinois farmers devote to corn crops this year is expected to dip slightly amid growers’ plans to plant more soybeans statewide.

  • General Mills is offering a new Nibblr snack delivery service that execs liken to the music subscription service Pandora, which offers personalized radio stations based on music people like. He called it the attraction of the “controlled surprise.”

    Smart Spending: Snack delivery servicesMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Americans really love their snacks, but will they pay to have them delivered to their mailboxes? That’s the bet behind new snack delivery services that want to inject an element of surprise into the snacking ritual. Rather than letting people pick what they want, the companies usually assemble packages based on the customer’s general preferences.

  • Patrick Tannous, left, and Dan Klein hold samples of their products at their Rosemont facility.

    Suburban entrepreneurs build tea business from the leaf up Mar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Patrick Tannous and Dan Klein, both 25 of Arlington Heights, founded Tiesta Tea in 2010 while still in college. Now the loose leaf tea is sold in more than 3,500 restaurants and grocery stores across the country. “It shows that if you put your all into something, believe in it, and go after it every day, you can make it happen,” Tannous said.

  • A federal appeals court is allowing labels on certain cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

    Appeals court rules in favor of meat labelsMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    A federal appeals court is allowing labels on certain cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The decision dismissed an attempt by the meat industry to block the rules, which took effect last year and require packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to include country of origin labels.

  • Try the beef loc lac at Simply Khmer, a Cambodian restaurant in Lowell, Mass. The classic Cambodian dish consists of seared beef that has been marinated and cooked in a savory sauce made with garlic, soy sauce, sugar and other ingredients.

    Lowell, Mass., offers up taste of Little CambodiaMar 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Consider yourself warned: You’re going to need your GPS for this meal in Lowell, Mass. And a short history lesson. But it will be worth it. Start your visit at New Phnom Penh, an Asian grocer that can be a bit of a sensory overload. Then head to the Dessert Shop and Bakery, which seems to sell no desserts or baked goods, but sell Cambodian lunch items and addictive beef jerky made by the owner herself.

  • Garden Fresh grocery store in Buffalo Grove held its grand opening Wednesday — the first independent grocer opening in a former Dominick’s site.

    Garden Fresh Market opens in Buffalo GroveMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Garden Fresh Market opened its newest grocery store Wednesday at 770 S. Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove. The store, located in a former Dominick’s, is twice as big as the Wheeling Garden Fresh that closed Tuesday, and is considered the third largest of the chain’s five stores.

  • Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru is made from 100 percent Chardonnay in Burgundy, France

    Good wine: Exploring white BurgundyMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    And on a particular day in February, outside was cold as the surface of Mars, but inside all was well, because Mary Ross was drinking Burgundy. Burgundy lies in west-central France. The entire region stretches south of Paris to Lyons, but its heart — the Cote d’Or (Golden Slope) — is a mere two miles wide and as long as a daily commute from Arlington Heights to the Loop..

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