| Mar 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Fresh-cooked pasta tossed with olive oil, basil, garlic and tomatoes ... local fish grilled with lemon and capers ... fresh figs and pistachios for dessert ... a glass of red wine ... Sounds easy and delicious, right? This style of eating is the very...
| Feb 7, 2013
Given chef Curtis Duffy's curriculum vitae — his work at Alinea, the two Michelin stars awarded to Avenues restaurant on Duffy's watch — there really wasn't any question whether Grace, Duffy's first solo effort, would be good. Just how good....
| Feb 12, 2013
| 4:46 PM
Nestled in a tiny storefront on Balboa Island is a new and charming, romantic little bistro called Trattoria Mediterranean. It is a treasure box, with its candlelit atmosphere, the sound of trickling water from the fountain on the terrace and the wrought-...
| Feb 16, 2013
The prepared food vendors at local farmers markets cater to a world of tastes and ethnicities, from Filipino balut to halal shawarma, but until recently none served observant Jews who follow kosher dietary laws. It fell to a secular Jew, Michele Grant,...
| Feb 16, 2013
According to my "Grande Enciclopedia Illustrata della Gastronomia," carpaccio is the "celebrated preparation based on raw beef sliced as finely as prosciutto di Parma and variously garnished," and was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani at Harry's Bar in...
| Jan 27, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Michael Mina's name is familiar to Baltimore restaurant-goers from the suite of restaurants he developed for the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore - Wit & Wisdom, Pabu and Lamill Coffee.
But Mina's base of operations is in San Francisco, and the Michelin-...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 10:29 PM
In winter, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm, meltingly tender bowl of beans — whether as soup, side dish or cassoulet.
The best starting point for those meals is dried beans, one of the most frugal items at the grocery store and...
| Jan 26, 2013
What you think about Cortez is going to depend in large part on what you think about crowds, and noise, and screechy jazz, about well-meaning servers who are slightly impatient with the idea of service, and about spending most of an hour leaning up...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 1:22 PM
Gun control could be at the forefront of the 2013 Maryland General Assembly session after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., last month, and Hagerstown resident Virginia Fennel said it should be.
“They need some kind of laws or legislation to...
| Jan 12, 2013
If you'd like to try our cooking class at your own home, here's an outline of how to go about it. Of course, feel free to improvise.
Roast Chicken: Remove the chicken from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before roasting. Rinse it well and pat it...
| Jan 13, 2013
We've all heard about Noma, the Danish restaurant at the forefront of the Nordic food movement headed by chef Rene Redzepi. But what does the impact of Nordic cuisine (and other influences on modern dining) look like on the plate at Chicago's leading...