| Sep 25, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Three hundred sandwiches. That's the price one man gave to his girlfriend for an engagement ring. If a man tells you to make 300 sandwiches before he -- in Beyonce's lingo -- puts a ring on it, you may laugh it off as a joke, chalk it up to your future...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Over lunch recently at Howells & Hood, the creators of the show "Old Jews Telling Jokes" were chortling about their sign. Signage is often an issue at the Royal George Theatre on Chicago's North Side, a venue that does not exactly come with chaser...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
I'm not talking.
Not to a phone.
It may be all the rage for celebrities in iPhone commercials to have pithy exchanges with Siri, the female-sounding voice assistant, but if you ask me, they just sound stupid.
Like actress Zooey Deschanel, in her...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Marcella Hazan, whose many cookbooks introduced Americans to the true food of Italy, died Sunday morning at her home in Longboat Key, Fla., according to her husband, Victor Hazan. She was 89 and had been in failing health for several months.
| May 28, 2013
| 11:19 PM
Citizens of Chicago, food-TV obsessives, our long nightmare is over:
Meet Catherine De Orio.
She's Italian. She's in her mid-30s. She lives in the West Loop. She's married to a lawyer. She has no food allergies. She has a throaty, confiding voice. Her...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 2:16 PM
Few people can recognize the yearning to escape better than Carla Hayden, chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Library. As a librarian, she has spent many years helping her curious clientele explore new realms and journey to wondrous places...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Whether you're stuffing your face with a KFC Double Down sandwich or watching Gordon Ramsay roast professional chefs on "Hell's Kitchen," you're sharing in one of society's biggest obsessions: food.
"Food is hot," said Paula Johnson, curator for the...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 6:14 AM
Light mist cloaked the ancient hills in Upper Normandy, and from somewhere within this tapestry of seaside cliffs and pastures of flowers, I expected a fire-breathing dragon or a white-haired wizard muttering ancient incantations would come bounding out...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Jean Stapleton, the actress who endeared herself to viewers in the 1970s as Edith Bunker, whose sudden bursts of truth regularly cut through her husband Archie's bluster on the groundbreaking television series "All in the Family," has died. She was 90....
| Aug 1, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Neighborhoods and good food. Home.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?
Since I am a cookbook writer, I have met Julia Child, and would love to see her again.
What's the worst question...
| Feb 10, 2013
When Chicago architect and designer Carlos Martinez, a principal with architecture/design firm Gensler, went apartment shopping with partner and communications consultant Michael Tirrell, they hoped they'd find a vintage unit. After years of living in the...