| Jan 19, 2012
| 4:57 AM
Lately, it seems you don't have to be anywhere near a garden to stop and smell the roses.
Smell is the latest way that businesses are attempting to woo customers, whether it be the scented candles at Hampden shop In Watermelon Sugar, the vanilla and...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 10:20 AM
"Life Lessons" was the theme of Sunday's Trib Magazine and I was lucky to have a food story in there with a scallop recipe from Cary Taylor, chef/owner of The Southern Restaurant in Chicago. The piece, "Smokin' - Get Ready to Blaze a New Trail of Flavor,...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 10:18 PM
Walk the mustard aisle of any store, and "D" will stand for Dijon, a testament, perhaps, to the popularity of all those Grey Poupon commercials. But "D" also means Dusseldorf, an oft-overlooked style that has multiple culinary uses beyond garnishing a...
| Aug 5, 2012
Gloomy economic news has cast a pall over the dorm room daydreams of college kids for several years now, but those who track retail sales figures think this might be a breakout season.
More of America's children are going away to college this year than...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 2:32 PM
Chef Susan Feniger heads to town Aug. 16 to celebrate her latest cookbook “Susan Feniger’s Street Food” (Clarkson Potter) with a book signing/demo at Williams-Sonoma on Michigan Avenue and a pop-up restaurant at Tony Mantuano’s...
| Nov 25, 2012
I occasionally make a list of things I've liked recently. Here's one for the holidays.
1. Gift idea: a pizza stone
My colleague Kevin Pang, culinary savant, told me I had to put this on the list. His testimonial: "This $45 slab of rock has changed...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 10:36 AM
As the patient and sympathetic host of shows like "Food 911" and "How to Boil Water," Tyler Florence has been a welcome presence on the Food Network for 16 years. But some fans have trouble pinning him down, Florence said. They'll say, "What do you do?...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 6:55 PM
Lindsey Kath's small business, Branch + Cotton, started with a conundrum: gift wrapping for far-away recipients.
"All my family lives back in Minnesota," the Corona del Mar resident said. "I never really had anything to send a gift in."
It was hard...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 9:06 PM
Remember Pop-Tarts? If you recall those ubiquitous, jam-filled, cardboard-textured relics of childhood, they’ve likely left a bad taste in your mouth.
But while the execution of the preservative-filled treats was lacking, the idea remains a...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 9:55 AM
The organizers of the Star-Spangled Sailabration have announced three open cooking competitions -- for cold crab dips, cupcakes and crab cakes -- that will be held as part of Galley Works, the culinary component of the upcoming maritime festival.
| Oct 23, 2012
| 12:14 PM
What's the scariest thing about Halloween? It's the unofficial opening of the holiday entertaining season.
Ina Garten understands. The Food Network star, also known as the Barefoot Contessa, doesn't pretend home entertaining is easy, on any scale. "It'...