| Apr 3, 2011
Rules rule. The dietitian insists: more fiber, less sugar. The food pyramid instructs: more fruit, less butter. Michael Pollan decrees: more vegetables, less meat.
And though such rules annoy me, I maintain my own. To wit: Never dine above or below...
| Apr 10, 2011
Drop that pen. Hands off the keyboard. Back away from the phone. Don't bother. Do not compose the macaron lament.
Perhaps you find it tricky to produce a credible macaron. It is tricky to produce a credible macaron. If it were easy to produce a...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 1:39 PM
The list of reasons to eat veggies is a long one:
Vegetables play an important role in weight management.
They are naturally low in calories and cholesterol, are fat-free and packed with health-enhancing phytonutrients.
- Veggies help protect...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 11:29 AM
Planning a cookie exchange, holiday party or gift swap? Any gathering is sweeter with cookies. Hershey®’s and Betty Crocker® are sharing some classic and easy recipes that are sure to sweeten any occasion.
Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies...
| Feb 26, 2012
New York was a rough town, dense with debris and muggers. I learned this from young-adult novels in which thugs roamed the island, terrorizing kittens. So I was circumspect about my first visit, at 14.
My older brother and I took a taxi from the airport;...
| Mar 29, 2012
Chicagoans have been enjoying a mini-boom of Spanish flavors of late. First there was Vera, which opened late last year in the Market District, and now Tavernita, which has been packing them in since its January opening in River North.
And what a...
| Apr 1, 2012
| 7:00 AM
Need a quick snack? Nibble on a nut.
Though nuts are a higher-fat food, the fat they contain is mostly heart-healthy unsaturated fat and might help reduce levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or “bad” cholesterol).
The fat, protein and...
| Apr 1, 2012
Gardening is one of those basic skills — like changing a tire, tying a bow tie and brewing coffee — that everyone ought to master. Post-deluge, you'd hate to be left decaffeinated with a packet of seeds, a lax tux and four flats.
Which is why...
| Jan 5, 2012
Vera is a Spanish restaurant that feels like a local pub. That's not a complaint.
Though the menu bulges with Iberico hams, Manchego cheese and Spanish chorizo, the sense of place emanating from the unpretentious restaurant is sweet home, Chicago....
| Feb 3, 2012
| 1:04 PM
If you have a goal of weight loss, you have to know some basic math.
One pound of fat equates to about 3,500 calories, and to lose that 1 pound of fat, you've got to burn more calories than you consume.
A common mistake is to try to starve off the...
| Aug 21, 2012
Q: Many years ago I was dining in a restaurant in Chicago's Chinatown. I ordered pressed duck. It was served in a deep fried form about 6 inches in length, 4 inches wide and about an inch or so thick. The vegetables were pressed together with the duck and...