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Bill Daley

Bill Daley
Bill Daley is a food and feature writer with the Chicago Tribune. In tackling the beat, Daley covers chefs and food personalities, cooking techniques and trends. He is active in social media, notably Twitter and Facebook.

Daley arrived at the Tribune in 2004. For six years, he wrote the Good Eating section's weekly wine column, "Uncorked," and a Sunday q-and-a column called "Daley Drink" for four years. He broadcast a weekly food and wine radio segment for five years, first for WBBM-AM and then for WGN-AM. Prior to the Tribune, Daley was a food writer and restaurant reviewer with the San Francisco Chronicle and spent 11 years at the Hartford Courant, where he ultimately became the S...
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Bill Daley is a food and feature writer with the Chicago Tribune. In tackling the beat, Daley covers chefs and food personalities, cooking techniques and trends. He is active in social media, notably Twitter and Facebook.

Daley arrived at the Tribune in 2004. For six years, he wrote the Good Eating section's weekly wine column, "Uncorked," and a Sunday q-and-a column called "Daley Drink" for four years. He broadcast a weekly food and wine radio segment for five years, first for WBBM-AM and then for WGN-AM. Prior to the Tribune, Daley was a food writer and restaurant reviewer with the San Francisco Chronicle and spent 11 years at the Hartford Courant, where he ultimately became the Sunday magazine's restaurant reviewer. He served as president of the Association of Food Journalists from 2002-2004.

A graduate of Manhattanville College, Daley also holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He is a resident of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.
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  • Missing mom's meatballs

    Missing mom's meatballs
    Q: I am looking for a really old recipe (about 50 years old) that my mother would make. It was a meatball recipe that included cream of mushroom soup and beer in the sauce. I even think there was beer in the meatballs. Can you help? — Donna...
  • Reader seeks 1970s recipe for oatmeal whole wheat bread

    Reader seeks 1970s recipe for oatmeal whole wheat bread
    Q: Sometime between 1970 and 1975; the Trib published a wonderful bread recipe for an oatmeal whole wheat bread that included honey and dry milk. My memory tells me it was the tastiest bread I've ever made. I took the recipe with me when we moved overseas...
  • Readers share their favorite fudge recipes

    Readers share their favorite fudge recipes
    Daley Question readers responded generously to my plea for help in finding a fudge recipe made with Nesquik, formerly known as Nestle Quik. ("Fudge recipes, Nestle-style," Daley Question, Feb. 18, 2015). Bob Smith wrote in from Wheat Ridge, Colo.,...
  • Date bar cookie like Mom used to buy

    Date bar cookie like Mom used to buy
    Q: In the early to mid-70s my mom used to buy a bakery item at the grocery store named China Chews. I am assuming it was a Heinemann's product as that what was mostly stocked at Dominick's, where she did the majority of her grocery shopping. I tried in...
  • Peanut butter cookie search leads to unexpected source

    Peanut butter cookie search leads to unexpected source
    Q: Many years past the Tribune posted a recipe for Giant Peanut Butter Cookies — the recipe was previously made in Chicago Public Schools. It is my family's favorite recipe, and I have misplaced it for a couple of years now.I have searched your...
  • Do screw caps affect how wine ages?

    Do screw caps affect how wine ages?
    Q: Does wine in screw top bottles age as well as wine in bottles with a cork? —Andrew Maselli, Chicago A: Knowing there's rarely a simple answer when it comes to wine, I reached out to an expert at the University of California at Davis and asked...
  • Some alternatives to a missing brownie recipe

    Some alternatives to a missing brownie recipe
    Q: Several or many years ago I cut out a recipe in the Chicago Tribune for brownies. These were the best brownies ever. After putting the dough in the pan you put in a jar of marshmallow creme. I cannot find my recipe and I really miss making these...
  • Top 10 recipes of 2014 have us taking another bite

     Top 10 recipes of 2014 have us taking another bite
    From a brightly flavored green tomato chutney to savory main dishes like a fiery crying tiger flank steak and rich spinach and ricotta gnudi to showstopper desserts like a fruit-packed rhubarb-strawberry pie and bourbon-laced pecan ice cream, 2014 was all...
  • Don't save braising liquid, turn it into a sauce, pros say

     Don't save braising liquid, turn it into a sauce, pros say
    Q: I have a Daley question for you, one that Googling does not answer. I braise meats at least once every two weeks: pot roast, short ribs, shanks, etc., with vegetables (carrots, potatoes, turnips, etc.) About a year ago it occurred to me, why am I...
  • Classic shrimp recipes: Scampi and de Jonghe

    Classic shrimp recipes: Scampi and de Jonghe
    Q: Just wondering if you have any baked shrimp recipes or recipes that featured baked shrimp? —Kay Daniels, Downers Grove A: There are a number of baked shrimp recipes out there, so I asked Kay to narrow the field down. Here's her reply: "I...
  • Hermit cookie recipes for a snowy day

    Hermit cookie recipes for a snowy day
    Hermit cookies like his mother used to make — that was the reason Don Hildebrandt of Carol Stream wrote to the Daley Question, looking for a Chicago Tribune recipe from 1964. The recipe, from Mrs. Frances Flanagan of La Moille, Ill., was found and...