| Mar 28, 2013
| 5:15 PM
In celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month in April (yes, this is a thing,) The Counter offers five specialty sandwiches throughout the month, featuring a different creation each week. All are priced at $7.
The Greek (April 1...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Wouldn't you know it? Upon returning from a dreamy Alaskan cruise, my husband and I were met by my daughter, whose first words were, "Now don't freak out, but there has been a flood in your kitchen."
I didn't freak out -- until we came face to face...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 4:58 AM
Chef Scott Ryan might be the rare person who did not have a scarring experience with beets as a child.
The instructor at Baltimore's Stratford University culinary school was on his honeymoon in Paris when he and his wife packed a picnic that included...
| Jul 7, 2013
Gravity keeps it all together. Apparently the fundamental force doesn't merely drop heavy things. It keeps the tides heaving, the planets orbiting and the stars smoldering. It can even improve salad.
Consider this truth: Greens are best freshly dressed....
| Jun 26, 2013
| 6:00 AM
When you're short on time and/or energy, dinner doesn't get much easier than a frittata. Heat a pan, add some beaten eggs and flavorings and cook to puffed perfection. That's it.
Frittatas are easy to make and are versatile, perfect for breakfast or...
| Jun 23, 2013
In the middle of the day I drove to the middle of nowhere, where I had to wait until midafternoon.
If I'd had a stack of novels I might have read one. If I had the ability, I might have written one.
Instead, I went shopping. Middle Nowhere has a...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:17 PM
In the days of the Ottoman Empire, Turkish cooking was considered to be among the great cuisines of the world. These days, it is likely to appear on menus featuring Mediterranean food, a mixture of Middle Eastern and Italian.
GG's Bistro in the...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Looking for dinner options that come together in 30 minutes or less. Whether you're thinking a simple pasta dish, or perhaps steamed corn with clams and bacon, or even a filling quesadilla, we've got ideas to help you out.
Pasta, butter, lemon, basil,...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 7:01 AM
Love the bright flavor and subtle sweet perfume of fresh melon? Well, they're in season and there are so many ways to use them. Whether you're looking for a light dinner or a colorful summer side, may we suggest some ideas:
Take everything you love...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 7:49 AM
While you generally find zucchini in markets year-round, they're naturally a summer squash, and right now is prime season. Check out these tips on buying, along with some recipe ideas -- zucchini is wonderfully versatile in the kitchen and can be used...
| Jan 3, 2013
A roundup of restaurants reviewed in 2012 by critic Phil Vettel.
Acadia ✭✭✭ 1639 S. Wabash Ave., 312-360-9500. Ryan McCaskey's gamble to place a luxury restaurant in the South Loop is, so far, paying off. People are crowding into...