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Home Cooking: Spring, summer come together in chicken dish featuring peas, oregano

Home Cooking: Spring, summer come together in chicken dish featuring peas, oregano

Oregano and peas seem like a bad match. The musty, pungent herb and the fresh, bright legume would seem to fight. Maybe this hunch also stems from their divergent seasons: the spring of the peas, the summer of oregano.

May 08, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

April 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

April 02, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

March 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
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.

November 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Compound butter a vehicle for flavor

Compound butter a vehicle for flavor

An entire cookbook devoted to flavored butters?

April 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Top chef offers doable recipes that kids will like

Antonia Lofaso's got your back.

October 31, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Black bean soup with sausage makes quick meal

Black bean soup with sausage makes quick meal

On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I like to cook a pound of dried beans, leaving until later the question of what they'll become. Tucked away in the fridge (where they will keep several days, or in the freezer indefinitely), they are a treasure waiting to be discovered.

October 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Mix sardines with pasta for a classic Sicilian dish

Mix sardines with pasta for a classic Sicilian dish

With cans of specialty imported sardines in hand, I thought to make something a little different, instead of just eating them my usual way, plain. Pasta came to mind, as it often does.

September 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Move away from the freezer: Dinner is just 5 ingredients

Each of us, even dedicated cooks, has those nights when we arrive home so late, what with work or other obligations, that the simplest dinner is the only option.

October 12, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Fontina cheese adds smoothness to Alpine salad

Fontina cheese adds smoothness to Alpine salad

This unusual salad, from "Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes" by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, is based on fontina, a creamy, nutty-tasting cow's-milk cheese from the region of Valle d'Aosta in the Italian Alps.

August 25, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Bison meat adds zip to burger fare

It's a chicken-filled world. At least at my house. Sauteed chicken, roast chicken, chicken sausages in a variety of flavor combinations. Though I appreciate the bird's lean nutrition profile, I appreciate more the occasional detour from our fine feathered friend to another tasty beast, bison.

May 19, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
No point in wrestling with butternut squash when frozen is an option

No point in wrestling with butternut squash when frozen is an option

The comforting flavor of butternut and other winter squashes does a great deal to ward off the season's chill. Trouble is, the hard-skinned, large vegetable is a bit much to wrestle with for a weeknight dinner when you want something fast.

December 21, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Steak and onions good for quick, easy dinner

Steak and onions good for quick, easy dinner

You're tired, you're hungry, and you're not inclined to spend lots of time making dinner.

February 18, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Use of turkey instead of chicken ended up being happy accident

Use of turkey instead of chicken ended up being happy accident

This idea came about when I mistook the writing on the butcher-paper packaging. I had in mind to make pistachio-encrusted chicken thighs, but what I thought was a package of those actually turned out to be ground turkey.

January 28, 2009 12:00 amLoading…
Oxford has published a readable, authoritative book on Italian cuisine

Oxford has published a readable, authoritative book on Italian cuisine

The venerable name of Oxford, from the storied university in Great Britain, commands respect no matter the subject, but certainly so with the volumes on gastronomy "The Oxford Companion to Food" and "The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America."

August 27, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Fire up the grill for this salad

Fire up the grill for this salad

Running back and forth between the grill outside and the kitchen stove can be a drag when you just want to get dinner done quickly and maybe enjoy the colors playing across the sky as the sun goes down.

August 20, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Sliced sausage makes this soup

Sliced sausage makes this soup

This soup was inspired by some Thai peanut chicken sausage links. Tired of the same ol' grind of browning sausage whole, then serving it with a vegetable and some pasta or rice on the side, I opted for soup.

June 11, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Try pork medallions, sun-dried tomato pesto with couscous

Try pork medallions, sun-dried tomato pesto with couscous

Generally, this column focuses on a quick dinner you can make for a busy weeknight. In a nod to preventing global warming, have dinner all ready to go when the clock strikes 8, and enjoy an electricity-free meal by candlelight. You'll be doing a small part for the environment, and enjoying a…

April 16, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Like a tasty meatloaf, meatballs satisfy, but take much less time

Like a tasty meatloaf, meatballs satisfy, but take much less time

The nostalgic satisfaction of meatloaf eludes many of us during the busy workweek because the soul-soothing comfort food takes so darn long to bake.

February 06, 2008 12:00 amLoading…
Leftover cumin-salt mix inspires tasty dish

Leftover cumin-salt mix inspires tasty dish

Sometimes inspiration for a new dish springs from odd places. This one started with some leftover cumin-salt mixture.

January 09, 2008 12:00 amLoading…

Lentils will add an earthy flavor to sausage and rapini over pasta

Sausage and rapini (also known as broccoli rabe) are a popular combination over pasta, but they taste great with the earthy flavor of lentils as well. A little blue cheese at the end provides some creaminess.

October 24, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
Fix this Italian dish fast

Fix this Italian dish fast

A recent lunch with my former Italian instructor led to talk of good food and her memory of a favorite dish made by her mother. The dish sounded like a great candidate for a quick weeknight dinner, so I immediately asked for the recipe.

September 12, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

Writer gives cuisine from southern Italy its due

What it is: A veteran food writer with cookbooks on other Mediterranean cuisines, Nancy Harmon Jenkins in her latest champions the food and foodways of the southern Italian regions of Campania, Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Sicily. Her title translates as "the cooking of the sun," a refer…

August 08, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
Use leftover chicken to make a delicious pasta meal

Use leftover chicken to make a delicious pasta meal

An abundance of leftovers from a weekend dinner party led to this pasta dish on a Monday. It came out well enough to scribble down the steps and save the recipe for the future. Some leftover chicken breast and the sauce it was cooked in started things off. Shredding the meat lends a more ple…

July 25, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

Quick salad makes nice summer meal

Nothing could be simpler than this salad of shrimp and mushrooms over greens. In the summer, it's the perfect quick weeknight dish to allow plenty of time for a walk after dinner, or work in the yard or garden.

July 18, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

Don't think you like bitter radicchio? Try this

I love the bitter taste of radicchio in salads, but some people do not. Cooking this colorful member of the chicory family tames its flavor without obliterating it.

May 09, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
It's easy to buy, store, prepare edible cactus

It's easy to buy, store, prepare edible cactus

Called nopales in Spanish, edible cactus paddles come from varieties of prickly pear cacti — which also bear the orb-shaped, rose-colored fruit, famed chef Rick Bayless notes in "Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen."

May 02, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
Panini sandwiches a simple supper

Panini sandwiches a simple supper

Panini, those perfectly grilled Italian sandwiches, make a great simple supper. And you don't need a panini press to make them.

March 07, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

Tasting company lists best inexpensive wines

Who doesn't love a bargain?

January 03, 2007 12:00 amLoading…
Goat cheese enhances flavors of vegetables in pasta dish

Goat cheese enhances flavors of vegetables in pasta dish

The tangy and creamy taste of fresh goat cheese lends itself to many cooking preparations, enhancing the flavors of many a vegetable, for example.

December 06, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
Pesto pasta dish relies on fresh chives

Pesto pasta dish relies on fresh chives

Most of us know pesto as the popular sauce of fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese (walnuts and/or pecorino are used instead in some versions).

November 15, 2006 12:00 amLoading…

Real ingredients are key to infused spirits

Apple, pineapple, melon, orange, coconut, mango, peach, strawberry, blueberry, cranberry — a veritable fruit basket of flavorings imbues the vodkas lining retail shelves and back bars.

September 06, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
Steak dinner infused with the spiciness of India

Steak dinner infused with the spiciness of India

Working for the Chicago Tribune's Good Eating section affords a look at all the new cookbooks that come in. Reading through them, and sometimes testing recipes, can be lots of fun.

August 30, 2006 12:00 amLoading…

In season ... gooseberries

"It tastes like gooseberries," goes the often-heard description during tastings of sauvignon blanc from New Zealand. That take on the briskly tart wines that have been growing in popularity in America the past several years has prompted more than one critic to retort, "But do people really k…

August 02, 2006 12:00 amLoading…

Have chicken tonight in simple hash

When I tire of brats or other sausages on the grill, a whole chicken makes a great change.

July 12, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
In season . . . arugula

In season . . . arugula

The word sounds Italian to us, but Italians actually call it rucola. Or you may see it in stores or on seed packets as "rocket," "roquette" or "arugola."

July 12, 2006 12:00 amLoading…

In season ... carrots

These long, tapered root vegetables are bright orange — except when they're sunny yellow or dark red or even purple. What we didn't know is that all these colors — even orange — have been bred in, according to author Barbara Kafka in her book "Vegetable Love." The originals were white!

June 28, 2006 12:00 amLoading…

Recipe with fennel uses veggie's stalks and other trimmings

My Italian-born mother instilled in me a love for many foods of her homeland, especially the fresh fruit and vegetables hard to find here in the States when I was growing up in the '60s and '70s. Chief among them was fennel. The crisp, slightly sweet, gently licorice-flavored vegetable was a…

May 10, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
In season . . . shallots

In season . . . shallots

Onions, chives, garlic and shallots are all in one family — with shallots among the mildest-tasting of these alliums. Many shoppers tend to reach past the shallots for the onions or garlic instead. Is it some fear of the unknown? Are they too French?

April 19, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
For dinner, try kale with pan-Asian flavors

For dinner, try kale with pan-Asian flavors

When a bag of kale showed up on the doorstep, courtesy of our neighbors departing on an unexpected trip, it raised the age-old question: What to do?

April 12, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
In season ... fennel

In season ... fennel

The bulb and seeds of fennel are well known in Mediterranean cooking, but you may not know that they generally are harvested from different varieties.

February 15, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
Chicken dish puts leftovers to use

Chicken dish puts leftovers to use

Leftover radicchio and a few extra popovers inspired this dish.

January 25, 2006 12:00 amLoading…
In season ... chestnuts

In season ... chestnuts

Chestnuts grow in an outer casing, called a bur, with sharp spikes as forbidding as a European hedgehog.

December 21, 2005 12:00 amLoading…
In season ... Kabocha

In season ... Kabocha

November 30, 2005 12:00 amLoading…
'12 Best Foods' a healthful book

'12 Best Foods' a healthful book

Preparation time: 35 minutes

July 13, 2005 12:00 amLoading…
Leftover lamb provides stew

Leftover lamb provides stew

Preparation time: 15 minutes

May 18, 2005 12:00 amLoading…
It's a nutritious, warming meal

It's a nutritious, warming meal

Preparation time: 10 minutes

February 09, 2005 12:00 amLoading…

Cookbook provides inspiration

Preparation time: 20 minutes

November 09, 2004 1:46 pmLoading…

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