| Nov 28, 2012
We like a good baking-cookies-with-grandma story as much as the next guy. But it was a breakup story that won our hearts this holiday season.
Victoria Weisenberg, of Northbrook, wrote us with a tale of wooing "a very special man" with a Hanukkah gift...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 5:22 PM
There are several new eateries in the ever-evolving entertainment center that is the Irvine Spectrum. One of the hippest is Cucina Enoteca, just across the courtyard from the Cineplex.
As you approach the restaurant, the first thing you see is the...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 12:10 PM
Beets are back in style. Long thought of as the food of older generations, or deemed too messy to deal with, beets have come back with the help of great chefs across the world.
A culinary staple for thousands of years, beets are among the more striking...
| Oct 20, 2012
VENTUCOPA, Calif. — Pistachios are available from storage year-round, but for the next week or so, ultra-seasonal green nuts, freshly harvested and still encased in their hulls, will appear at farmers markets. Moister, softer and sweeter than...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 5:52 AM
312 Chicago Restaurant
136 North LaSalle
Gamberoni in Crosta di Pistacchio with Braised Brussels Sprouts
6 jumbo shrimp (U10)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup toasted pistachios (crushed)
2 oz olive oil
| Sep 19, 2012
| 8:20 PM
When I sampled the offerings of Emmaus' True Blue Mediterranean Cafe not long after it opened three years ago, I discovered a source for one of my favorite cuisines close to home. Now there's an outpost of this restaurant in Historic Bethlehem, which...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 1:44 AM
New ranking platform for colleges
There`s a major shakeup going on when it comes to college rankings and your kid could be the big winner. A new system is rating schools based on how successful their graduates are in their careers and lives. Joining us...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 1:02 PM
Eggplant has to be one of the most intimidating items at the supermarket. With its monolithic shape and Darth Vader coloring, eggplants are a mystery to many shoppers.
This fruit (yes, fruit) is named after the early varieties that propagated across...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 4:39 PM
A couple of Sundays ago, I was invited to a glorious run-through of the contemporary music pianist Gloria Cheng would be playing at a concert on the East Coast the next week. It began at 6 p.m. at the new......
| Jul 7, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Don’t let this one get away: Wednesday is National Rainier Cherry Day, marking the Rainier cherry’s short six-week season in the Pacific Northwest. That’s the beautiful yellow cherry blushed with red and blessed with a sweet, delicate...
| Jun 7, 2012
Cupcakes are cool. But doughnuts are hot.
A handful of new and relatively new shops are producing the kind of high-quality, limited-quantity, chef-driven doughnuts that truly can be called artisanal products.
Much as cupcake specialists revolutionized...