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Art of the ‘choke: Supermarket freezer case unlocks key to weeknight rendering

Art of the ‘choke: Supermarket freezer case unlocks key to weeknight rendering

Fresh artichokes are one of my favorite foods, and yet I find myself passing them by at the grocery store, having thought about the work in cleaning them and decided against it. Even baby artichokes require trimming and peeling, then a long cook time. Too much for a weeknight.

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

Court upholds EPA emission standards

Midwest Generation’s Fisk plant, a coal-fired power plant in Chicago, is one of many that could be affected by the EPA’s regulations.

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Fish fry

Fish fry

Fried fish is taken to diners at a fish fry.

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All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

Lizzie Black Kander has been called the “Jane Addams of Milwaukee” for her tireless social service work, which included editing and publishing “The Settlement Cook Book” in 1901.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

This recipe was adapted from the 1903 edition .

April 08, 2014 12:05 pm
All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

Cookbook author Lizzie Black Kander was famed for her social service work. 

April 08, 2014 12:04 pm

Couple who paid off $127,000 in debt explain their strategy

Six years ago, Cherie and Brian Lowe decided they’d had enough with being in debt. The couple, who live in Greenwood, Ind., owed more than $127,000 in student loans, credit card bills, auto loans and more. With a second child on the way, they worried about how they would make ends meet.

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NFL; Bears v Eagles

NFL; Bears v Eagles

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and other former Arizona Wildcats, will run a youth clinic in Tucson on Saturday.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
White Sox vs. Twins

White Sox vs. Twins

Leury Garcia, peeking around Adam Eaton, is swarmed by White Sox teammates as the hero of the day.

April 02, 2014 7:20 pm
Salute spring with strawberry shortcake

Salute spring with strawberry shortcake

Salutations, meant to welcome the reader, come in all kinds of dreary modes.

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Kitchen raid turns up satisfying bounty

Kitchen raid turns up satisfying bounty

It was late in the afternoon yet I hadn’t eaten lunch, and dinner seemed far off. A kitchen raid was in order. A quick look earlier had yielded nothing. Yet when the stomach demands, “nothing” can become something.

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Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake

Celebrate spring with strawberry shortcake. The arrival of fresh, ripe berries in your food store should provide inspiration.

April 01, 2014 12:08 pm
Salad Recipe

Salad Recipe

When you’re hungry, “nothing” in the kitchen can become something. Grapefruit, red bell pepper and grains combine in a delicious salad. 

April 01, 2014 12:06 pm
Journey to Easter: Fashion faux pas — not

Journey to Easter: Fashion faux pas — not

You can wait until after Easter to pull out your white jeans and other white clothing items and accessories — but why wait? 

March 28, 2014 7:30 am
Home Cooking: Salmon cakes are a reminder of Mom

Home Cooking: Salmon cakes are a reminder of Mom

Mom picked up on the first ring. She’d been thinking of me. She had just finished dinner and was thinking about sitting in my chair.

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Fishing for flavor: Look to the sea for dinner possibilities during Lent

Fishing for flavor: Look to the sea for dinner possibilities during Lent

Lent is a time when less can mean more, especially in the kitchen. Going without need not be faced with a frown. Let dietary restrictions spur creativity and boost flavor, however modest the meal.

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Fish for Lent

Fish for Lent

Spicy fish cakes with zesty citrus sauce make for a light Lenten meal.

March 25, 2014 1:03 pm
Journey to Easter: Hot Cross Buns II

Journey to Easter: Hot Cross Buns II

March 21, 2014 7:30 am
Theft from airport baggae carousels

Theft from airport baggae carousels

Harry Manx is reunited with his rare Indian guitar at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Anthony Hargrove is charged with stealing it from the baggage-claim area.

March 15, 2014 12:10 pm
Reimagining the traditional pepper and egg sandwich

Reimagining the traditional pepper and egg sandwich

When is a twist on something so different that it doesn’t resemble the original at all? This might be one of those times.

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Ask Amy

Ask Amy

Amy Dickinson of syndicated column “Ask Amy” will be attending TFOB. — Credit: Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

March 05, 2014 1:43 pm
Transformative power of paprika: Grandma’s goulash inspires lifelong love of the spice

Transformative power of paprika: Grandma’s goulash inspires lifelong love of the spice

Chalk it up to goulash. A bowl full of my grandmother’s simple goodness ignited a passion for spice that never wanes. She peppered chicken or beef with the freshest Hungarian paprika possible.

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goulash

goulash

Chicken goulash with potatoes is served with egg noodles.

February 04, 2014 3:35 pm
Packers vs. Bears

Packers vs. Bears

Chicago’s Corey Wootton pressures Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Rodgers, in his first game back from a broken collarbone suffered Nov. 4 against the Bears, threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns after an uncertain start.

December 29, 2013 7:29 pm
NFL; Bears v Eagles

NFL; Bears v Eagles

Lance Briggs. talking to an official after a Philadelphia touchdown, had only one tackle in Sunday’s Chicago loss. The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker missed seven games.

December 26, 2013 12:00 am

Bears roll on Ditka's big night

Chicago’s Josh McCown passes against the Cowboys. The Bears quarterback completed 27 of 36 attempts for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the lopsided victory on a frigid night at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

December 09, 2013 8:03 pm
Mollie Katzen back with cookbook that features more relaxed approach

Mollie Katzen back with cookbook that features more relaxed approach

Mollie Katzen believes “vegetarian” should be used as an adjective rather than a noun.

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Fall pear salad transformed into gooey grilled cheese

Fall pear salad transformed into gooey grilled cheese

Fall makes me think of pears, and pears make me think of that oft-seen salad in which the fruit is paired with walnuts and chunks of blue cheese over lettuce.

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Pear and Blue Cheese sandwich

Pear and Blue Cheese sandwich

Pear and blue cheese sandwich with crisp radicchio slaw.

November 04, 2013 9:57 pm
COOKBOOK

COOKBOOK

This recipe can easily be converted to a vegan dish.

October 28, 2013 9:52 pm

NBA preview: League has new looks but old favorite: Miami

Derrick Rose is back from knee surgery to help the Bulls, who play at defending champ Miami tonight.

October 28, 2013 4:29 pm
MARGARITAS

MARGARITAS

Competitors are urged to use their imaginations when it comes to margaritas. A touch of champagne, anyone?

October 21, 2013 12:33 pm
MARGARITAS

MARGARITAS

MARGARITASA blender? No way. Margarita aficionados shun the blender. “Blending is a way to mask the flavor,” says John Kulikowski, director of wine and spirits at the Hacienda Del Sol’s Grill.

October 21, 2013 11:45 am

MarksJarvis: Don't put all nest eggs in the savings basket

Are you afraid to save money because you fear you'll lose your hard-earned cash if you choose the wrong investments?

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Nuts for coconuts: Our crush on the fruit breeds a confusing array of products

Nuts for coconuts: Our crush on the fruit breeds a confusing array of products

Judging by the number of coconut products in supermarkets these days — beyond the flaked coconut your granny used in macaroons and ambrosia — we’ve gone a bit nuts for this fruit.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Keri Russell tries to boost 'Austenland'

Keri Russell tries to boost 'Austenland'

Keri Russell, she of “Felicity” and “Waitress” and many others, is such a winning actress, even in a flat soda of a comedy like “Austenland,” she’s in there, doing all she can to carbonate things.

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On the Money: Even in soft job market, it pays to negotiate salary

When you took your latest job, did you negotiate for more pay?

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Some new moms swear by consuming baby’s placenta

Some new moms swear by consuming baby’s placenta

“We thought it was some hippie thing,” says Molly Halper, above, with her 5-month-old baby, Georgette, whose placenta she ate in pill form.

August 21, 2013 2:46 pm

On the Money: Versatile Roth IRA can be backup emergency fund

If people have discovered anything about money during the past few years, it has to be that emergencies pop up without warning.

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MLB notebook: Injured reliever Crain traded to Tampa Bay

MLB notebook: Injured reliever Crain traded to Tampa Bay

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain was placed on the disabled list July 3.

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On the Money: Bond investors are hurting as rates rise

In a harsh lesson, investors have recently learned that the safest of bonds become vulnerable when interest rates rise. U.S. Treasury bond funds, TIP funds and municipal bond funds have delivered sharp losses in the past two months.

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Spending Smart: Pros, cons of buying trip insurance

Spending Smart: Pros, cons of buying trip insurance

A close relative dies just before you leave for a Caribbean vacation, and you have to cancel your nonrefundable trip to attend the funeral. Or, you're hiking in the Alps, have an accident and need to be airlifted off a mountain.

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On the Money: Interest in CDs likely to remain low as rates falter

Your hunt for your next CD is likely to be as disappointing as the last. In fact, it might be even more disheartening.

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Research offers new insight into why we do what we do

Would you pay 50 percent more for "organic" firewood? Would you be more willing to buy a used refrigerator if it had an "attractive enamel-coated ferromagnetic exterior?" Would you be more likely to buy juice from a server with a British accent?

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On the Money: Does college pay? It depends on your profession

Is college worth it? Currently, it doesn't seem so for students hoping to get jobs in architecture, government, the humanities or arts after college.

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Stanley Cup Finals: Coaches making right moves

Stanley Cup Finals: Coaches making right moves

In search of an offensive spark, Chicago put captain Jonathan Toews (19) on the same line as Patrick Kane, and it helped the Blackhawks win Game 4.

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Stanley Cup finals: Chicago faces it: Faceoff failures put team in hole

BOSTON - In the thimble-wide hallway to the dressing room at TD Garden on Tuesday, Michal Handzus rode a stationary bicycle. Though his presence was requested to discuss the state of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins, the Chicago Blackhawks veteran center did not appear after h…

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Practical tips to save you money at grocery store

Practical tips to save you money at grocery store

Grocery-shopping savings advice has become ubiquitous in recent years, but all tips aren't created equal.

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Stanley Cup FInals: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1, OT: Bruins tie series with overtime win

Stanley Cup FInals: Bruins 2, Blackhawks 1, OT: Bruins tie series with overtime win

Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly celebrate Kelly's second-period goal. Paille later scored the game-winner in overtime.

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Study: Housing discrimination in US endures

Hispanic buyers' access to housing has improved, but Asian and black homebuyers still are told about or shown far fewer homes than equally qualified white consumers, a new study has determined.

June 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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