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  • Can I use Marsala instead of Madeira in sauce?

    Can I use Marsala instead of Madeira in sauce?
    Q: I am planning to make Susan Spicer's goat cheese croutons with wild mushrooms and Madeira cream from her "Crescent City Cooking." I don't have any Madeira. Is Marsala an acceptable substitute? --Andrew Maselli, Chicago A: "Yes," says Spicer,...
  • Drinkable wine?

    Drinkable wine?
    Q: I have a bottle of 1993 Bourgogne Blanc by Chartron et Trebuchet. Is it drinkable? It's a bottle I inherited, so I don't know how it's been stored. —Patty Cooper, Chicago A: Call me the cockeyed optimist, but I always hope a wine like this...
  • Seniors on the Go: Travel with a focus, part 3: Design your own personal quest

    Seniors on the Go: Travel with a focus, part 3: Design your own personal quest
    As noted last week, travel can be far more interesting when you have something specific in mind that you want to see or do. The two previous reports in this series dealt with tour packages that serve special-interest travelers, along with ways to cut...
  • A search for holiday cheer

    A search for holiday cheer
    Q: I have a co-worker and dear friend who seems to have met Mr. Might-Be-Right. The parents have all met and are completely copacetic. This is their first Christmas together and she wants to get him a few impressive things. He's a member of a wine-tasting...
  • Can't find that prize-winning recipe?

    Can't find that prize-winning recipe?
    (Note: This story contains updated material. Please see below.) Q: I am searching for a recipe that appeared in your paper many years ago. It's called: Rose Lewis' $3,000 third prize Lemon Mustard Chicken. My copy is crumbling and would love to print...
  • Vegan dishes and cabernet

    Vegan dishes and cabernet
    What's your favorite vegan entree with cabernet sauvignon? Sorry, it's a question always needing an answer here in California. — Terry Hall, Calistoga, Calif. What a great question, Terry. Given your gastronomic background — you were a...
  • Eating in Spain: Sustenance for the soul

    Eating in Spain: Sustenance for the soul
    My guide, Roberto, met me at Madrid's airport, we rented a car and minutes later we were southbound on the freeway, immersed in the vastness of La Mancha. It's a tough terrain. A windmill -- weathered into a rough little useless nub -- still capped its...
  • Wine words: Don't let label descriptors intimidate you

    Wine words: Don't let label descriptors intimidate you
    Q: I like hot and spicy food, hot peppers, wasabi, horseradish—you get the idea. In a conversation I had about wine I was told people with tastes like mine could never taste the subtle flavors and aromas in wines. In general do you think this is...
  • Phil Vettel searches Chicago for great prime rib

    Phil Vettel searches Chicago for great prime rib
    This began, as stories sometimes do, with a reader request. A gentleman asked for recommendations for prime rib. Not steaks, not beef in general, but specifically prime rib. The only condition he imposed was that he didn't want to wait until the weekend...
  • Go on, take a bite

     Go on, take a bite
    The fifth annual Chicago Gourmet (full name: Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet) will take place Sept. 29 and 30 in Millennium Park. Hundreds of Chicagoans and visitors will be there; here are five reasons to be one of them. It's worth the splurge:...
  • Phil Vettel: Four stars for Grace

    Phil Vettel: Four stars for Grace
    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....