| Feb 10, 2013
When Chicago architect and designer Carlos Martinez, a principal with architecture/design firm Gensler, went apartment shopping with partner and communications consultant Michael Tirrell, they hoped they'd find a vintage unit. After years of living in the...
| Oct 9, 2012
Q: I really did enjoy everyone celebrating Julia Child's birthday. But, I do remember another chef that was on television before her, James Beard. I remember seeing his cooking shows and I guess there are no tapes or films that were saved, or maybe...
| Jun 2, 2013
| 11:40 AM
Jean Stapleton, the actress who endeared herself to viewers in the 1970s as Edith Bunker, whose sudden bursts of truth regularly cut through her husband Archie's bluster on the groundbreaking television series "All in the Family," has died. She was 90....
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
There are buttercreams made with butter and powdered sugar, and there are buttercreams made with butter and egg whites. But for the most silky, decadent buttercream of all, you must try this French buttercream made with egg yolks.
| Sep 29, 2013
| 6:18 PM
For Marcella Hazan, Italian food wasn't spaghetti and meatballs or pizza buried in cheese, and, in fact, never really existed as a simple meal on a red-checked tablecloth. The food of her native land was really the food of individual regions that...
| Jul 11, 2013
Sub out the restaurant name, and the tales of woe are the same at a hundred other places. A longtime family-run restaurant buckling under the weight of the economy, as it pursues every course to stay above water.
It's a familiar story. This time, the...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Tuesday night's Magnificent Mile opening — or rather re-heating — of the TimeLine Theatre Company's production of "To Master the Art" was, for a number of reasons, quite the celebratory brioche. Here was a cooked-in-Chicago play about the...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
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What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| Dec 1, 2012
Inevitably this holiday season, my mom will tick through her shopping list and say with a sigh, "Your dad wants a book." Since I was a kid, my mom has teased my dad about the predictablity of this ritual, which usually involves the purchase of a brick-...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:02 PM
When Thomas Keller tells you to eat raw tuna membrane, you do it. Small matter that the sticky, silver stuff between the fleshy parts of the fish looks like saliva dripping from a knife.
After all, Keller is the famed chef behind The French Laundry, a...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 8:40 AM
For the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, sorrel soup was a harbinger of spring. The wild perennial, a plant tough enough to endure snow, has fed humans in Europe and Asia for thousands of years.
Today, domesticated varieties are essential for...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Google’s stated goal is to index all of the world’s information. So what do you know about some of the subjects of its popular, logo-altering Google Doodles?
And these were just from some of the 2012 doodles. Check out the 2011 Google...