| May 8, 2013
| 5:41 AM
The first year, the invasive species garlic mustard looks like a violet, says Jacqueline Pilette, wetlands specialist with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
The next year, however, the biannual invasive plants shoots up, flowers and...
| May 2, 2013
Review: Kabocha Japanese Brasserie
952 W. Lake St. 312-666-6214
Rating: !!! 1/2 (out of four) Heating up
Chef Shin Thompson's former restaurant, Bonsoiree in Logan Square, was a darling of the foodie crowd. It also demanded a commitment, both in time...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 11:41 AM
The sign out front doesn't automatically call my name: "PDQ Fresh Tenders Salads Sandwiches."
All I know from tenders is what I see in the meat department at the grocery store — strange breast-meat pieces that seem ready-made for kids' hands to...
| Mar 30, 2013
Chiang Mai-style curry
6 1/2 hours. Serves 8 to 12.
Housemade red curry
1 ounce (about 60) dried red chiles
About 2 3/4 tablespoons (.8 ounce) white peppercorns
About 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon (.55 ounce) whole cumin seeds
About 3 1/2...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 9:14 PM
PARIS — Easter still makes me think of vinegar. A clear wax crayon, drawn onto the white shell, not able to see the childish designs, hoping for the best. Dipping into the colored, vinegary dye with a flimsy wisp of wire shaped like a stop sign. Who...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 9:16 PM
It started out with a simple post on my Facebook page in January, where I noted that I had made a ham loaf with Christmas leftovers.
In the comments section, two friends asked: “What is ham loaf?”
I was surprised.
My first thought was...
| Apr 4, 2013
Burger review: Leadbelly
5739 W. Irving Park Road 773-283-7880
Rating: !!!! (out of 4)
As I look back on all of my burger-eating adventures, one sentiment has continued to hold true: A good burger is worth the journey.
So when I heard the delightfully...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 4:22 PM
My mother used to tell elaborate horror stories about what took place during dinnertime when she was a kid. Most notably, I heard about how her plate was often filled with Brussels spouts. She was not allowed to step away from the table until the...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Comfort food makes us all feel good, but it's usually not so good for our health.
But there are ways to tinker with classic recipes to make them a little healthier.
This week's recipe, from Bethenny Frankel of the Skinny Girl franchise, does just that....
| Feb 15, 2012
| 4:32 PM
A talk with Cherry Petenbrink, lead hair colorist of "The Hunger Games."...
| Apr 18, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Who knew homemade mustard could be so easy? In this "Eat Beat," Test Kitchen manager Noelle carter shows how to make herbed honey mustard....