| Jan 21, 2014
Q: I have a question about a fruit from St. Lucia. It is supposed to have cancer fighting properties and is delicious, according to my best friend. Her boyfriend is from St. Lucia and she has had the fruit there and wonders about what a good source...
| Feb 25, 2014
Q: I enjoyed a delicious tomato soup recipe from the Tribune food pages 10 or 11 years ago. It was an easy recipe and so good. It used canned tomatoes and included acini di pepe pasta. I've misplaced my copy and would love to get the recipe again....
| Oct 1, 2013
Q: I was wondering how long one can keep ice wine.
—Barb Person,Oshawa, Ontario
A: The answer depends on whether the bottle of ice wine is open or not and how it has been stored. Yours, I gather from a subsequent email, is unopened and has...
| Sep 24, 2013
Unable to find the recipe for cheesy chowder served at Marshall Field’s Bowl and Basket restaurant, I invited readers to send one in if they had it. (See original question below) Eden Rosenbush, chef and owner of Chicago’s Big Red...
| Nov 12, 2013
Q: How long should one grind coffee beans? I'm breaking in a new grinder. Years ago I read that Starbucks ground their beans for 23 seconds and I did that. In the new grinder, 23 seconds turns the beans to dust.
—Paddy Meehan, Chicago
| Feb 18, 2014
Q: I buy expensive gin but cheap commercial tonic water. What are the other choices? I've seen some high-end bottled quinine waters but have not tried them. Are they any good? Can I make my own?
—Curtis Tuckey, Chicago
A: "Adding crummy tonic to...
| Jan 7, 2014
Q: I am planning to make Susan Spicer's goat cheese croutons with wild mushrooms and Madeira cream from her "Crescent City Cooking." I don't have any Madeira. Is Marsala an acceptable substitute?
--Andrew Maselli, Chicago
A: "Yes," says Spicer,...
| Dec 22, 2013
When Rachel Switall was earning her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she partnered with students who lived in Cabrini Green to create a magazine called Peaceful Times.
This was close to 20 years ago, when a series called...
| Nov 26, 2013
Q: I have a bottle of 1993 Bourgogne Blanc by Chartron et Trebuchet. Is it drinkable? It's a bottle I inherited, so I don't know how it's been stored.
—Patty Cooper, Chicago
A: Call me the cockeyed optimist, but I always hope a wine like this...
| Dec 31, 2013
Q: As a young boy, I dined many times at the Walnut Room in the Marshall Field's State Street store. I have searched all over the Internet, bought the Marshall Field's cookbook, but alas, I have not found the recipe for corned beef hash served at the...
| Dec 17, 2013
Q: Some years ago the annual holiday contest had a white chocolate cranberry cookie winner. It's one of my favorites, but unfortunately. I misplaced the recipe. Can you help?
--Charlene Jernegan, Flossmoor
A: Yes, I can! I thought at first that the...