| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Chicago's storefront theaters operate on very low budgets. They typically put together a season, or several seasons, on a budget far less than a single Broadway play. Yet, time and again, the artists who work within those confines ensure that audiences...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 11:19 AM
Jean Stapleton, who died Friday at the age of 90, was 48 when she became famous as Edith Bunker in "All in the Family."
By the time that landmark sitcom premiered in 1971, she had been acting for 30 years on the stage, in movies and on television,...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Before her caterwauling duet of "Those Were the Days" with Carroll O'Connor became a signature moment of CBS' "All in the Family," actress Jean Stapleton had already sung her way through a number of now-classic stage musicals in her career as a New York...
| Nov 5, 2013
Q: What's the perfect way to boil eggs? I've tried every tip out there, it seems. Each one promises perfectly boiled eggs that can be shelled easily.
—Lorna Lim Wong, Chicago
A: A great question from a former Tribune colleague – one...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 5:29 PM
Dizz's As Is has been around since 1977, and that kind of longevity for a restaurant indicates it has been doing something very right, for a very long time.
Upon entering this cottage-like building, you feel as if you have been transported into the...
| Jan 17, 2014
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler, narrated by Scott Shepherd, Ari Fliakos, Maggie Hoffman, Scott Sowers and Gary Wilmes, Macmillan, 9:58, $27.99
The South may be known for great storytelling, but Nickolas Butler ups the ante for the Great Lakes with...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Are you old enough to remember when French cuisine came to the United States and set the standard for fine dining? Home cooks across America were loyally watching Julia Child and rushing to buy her cookbooks, while a plethora of French eateries from...
| Nov 30, 2013
Whether the cook on your holiday gift list is interested in reading about family and food in Soviet Russia or the preparation of classic French dishes such as jambon au foin ("ham in hay"), baking pies or making authentic pasta carbonara, this fall has...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 9:26 AM
Looking like a fine boulangerie in southern France, Sweetsalt Food Shop is a study in white marble, pewter, vintage silverware and cafe tables. The front window is filled with footed plates piled high with beautiful macarons, bars, bundt cakes and pies....