| May 4, 2012
I miss a lot of "special" weeks in this job, and the most recent victim was National Window Safety Week. While I doubt that the result was anything like the defenestration of Prague (the one in 1618, not 1419), I would be remiss if I did not mention at...
| Oct 7, 2011
As leaves flutter to the ground and the temperature begins to plummet, heating bills move in the opposite direction. Heat and oil prices continue to rise, which can cut a large chunk out of a home heating budget this winter.
While the weather is still...
| Jan 13, 2012
You may think I'm all wet, but I've decided to talk about condensation, only because I receive a lot of questions about foggy windows in the winter.
Apparently, I'm not the only one.
"We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their...
| May 31, 2011
| 2:23 PM
The French "tartine" is a savvy sandwich standby: a slice of buttered bread topped with whatever you have on hand.
That could be jams, meats or cheeses. Even better: grilled veggies.
The Kansas City Star's Grilled Vegetable Tartine takes inspiration...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 3:31 PM
Summers here tend to be scorchers, so fight the fire with fire by cooking up something sizzling on the grill. Use a sambal, an Indonesian chili sauce, as the fuel to set your tongue deliciously a-flame.
Chef Joncarl Lachman, owner of the Dutch-accented...
| Nov 29, 2011
Is your car or truck up to the challenge of driving in inclement weather?
No matter what part of the country you live in, whether Snow Belt or Sun Belt, now is the time to make sure it's ready for the onslaught. Here's what you should check:
| Feb 16, 2011
The mortar and pestle provide a true hands-on cooking experience. Modern-day cooks are discovering culinary catharsis by pulverizing, grinding and muddling ingredients much as their ancient counterparts did many millennia ago.
Made of wood, stone,...
| Jan 12, 2011
It's that time of year when the bills arrive and we vow to cut back. (Ditto when we step on the bathroom scale.) But how, we wonder.
The solution rang clear after a recent Sunday leisurely spent replenishing the freezer basics: homemade broth. Rich...
| May 27, 2012
| 2:47 PM
In Beijing, the culinary icon is Peking duck, a dish as old as the Ming Dynasty.
BEIJING — Chicago has its hot dogs; Philadelphia adores its cheesesteaks. In Beijing, the culinary icon is Peking duck, a dish as old as the Ming Dynasty.
| Jan 12, 2011
Some specialty ingredients, such as prosciutto, the Italian cured ham, can be quite expensive, demanding consideration when we buy them. Which is why a recent shopping blunder left me feeling quite foolish.
For a braised pork recipe, I needed a few...
| Dec 23, 2010
As a cook, I am prone to enthusiasms and sometimes, perhaps more often than occasionally, they can be a bit excessive. I readily admit that. But, please, trust me on this one: Frozen gougères are the best thing I've discovered this year. No, really....