| Jun 14, 2012
| 6:05 PM
It's summertime, and school's out. It's time to kick off your shoes, settle into a relaxing place and read the day away. Then, be a critic. Tell us what you thought of a book you recently read, and you could be published in Printers Row Journal.
| Jun 5, 2012
Q: Last time I made pate a choux for chocolate eclairs, I used the same recipe that I've used for 30 years. But for some reason, they did not puff up as expected. Any thoughts on what went wrong?
—Tom Gull, Oak Park
A: A quick call got Tom Gull'...
| Feb 5, 2012
Part of a series of mini-reviews of Chicago-area hotels.
Chicago is home to many historic hotels, but few may be as storied as the Blackstone. Twelve presidents — from Taft to Carter — have stayed at the Blackstone, some at times of...
| May 15, 2012
Brazilian racecar driver Helio Castroneves has already won the Indianapolis 500 three times and he's gunning for a fourth Indy title this year. "It's a great race and such an honor to compete in it," says the 36-year-old champion. "I'm very grateful...
| May 1, 2012
Q: After 59 years of enjoying her wonderful cooking, my wife is no longer able to cook for me. I can't keep making sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I look at recipes and don't understand some of the lingo and most have too many ingredients....
| Jul 31, 2012
| 3:47 PM
For more than 50 years, Elie Wiesel has provided a moral compass for the world, writing and advocating on human rights issues in the wake of his tragic experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust.
His book "Night," recalling the terrors of the Auschwitz...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 5:44 PM
If any of us wondered if celebrities would still visit Chicago after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in May, we now have our answer.
Chicago is still a popular destination for film projects — which this year included “Man of...
| Apr 3, 2012
Q: I have the original clipping for Abby Mandel's "Winter minestrone with squash" recipe printed in the Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, Home & Garden section of the Chicago Tribune. I have made this wonderful soup many times, but I have always been confused by the...
| Apr 24, 2012
Q: Sometime in the early '70s (1970-1974) the Tribune published "Grandma's bread" recipe. I made it several times and loved it. As I recall, the recipe contained whole wheat, rye, cornmeal and probably white flours. The bread baked to a warm golden brown....
| May 8, 2012
Q: I have been wondering for a while now if you can substitute frying with baking. If you can substitute, what temperature should the oven be? I will readily admit to being terrified of frying and I have no idea what to do with the leftover oil. If a...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 10:42 AM
While nowhere as big as its local Hyatt brethren, this upscale boutique hotel oozes cool the moment you step into its dark, mahogany-toned lobby highlighted by an impressive art collection (the "Piazza del Duomo Milan" hanging near the front desk is the...
| Jun 12, 2012
Q: Can you direct me to where I can find a brownie-type recipe from the 1950s that was made with chopped dates? It is a childhood favorite I used to make with my Aunt Anne. She is long passed away.
I think it was a Hershey recipe? I have looked at...