| Dec 28, 2010
Q: I want to ring in the New Year with friends. I love Champagne, but this year I'm on the beer budget and I don't mean microbrews. Are there any bubblies you can recommend for under $20? Thanks. My social life depends on your answer.
| Apr 29, 2012
It's this simple: Barack Obama brought Jimmie Oliver and Kim Wilson together.
No, they've never met the president. They've only seen him on TV. But without Obama the couple would not be planning to marry June 23 — at a destination resort wedding in...
| Jul 31, 2012
Q: My brother and I were recently talking about a cake that our mom used to make called Triple Chocolate Cake (in a 13-by-9 pan) The three chocolate items were chocolate cake mix, chocolate instant pudding mix and chocolate chips. When our mom passed away...
| 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...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 12:01 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he erred last month when he said tighter protest rules and higher fines for thwarting police would be temporary measures designed just for a pair of spring meetings of international leaders in Chicago."I misspoke, and I...
| Jul 24, 2012
Q: Can evaporated milk be substituted for heavy cream? I have an ice cream recipe that calls for heavy cream. I've been to three stores, but only found light cream.
—Dolores A. Smith, Chicago
A: Evaporated milk can be substituted for heavy cream....
| Mar 23, 2012
| 12:51 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today called on residents to help police take back their neighborhoods in the wake of a spate of shootings around Chicago.
The mayor said the spike in violence -- including 49 shootings with 10 fatalities last weekend and the Monday...
| Sep 4, 2012
| 1:07 PM
My first interview on the celebrity beat, in 2009, should have been a total disaster. I’d never spent an entire afternoon with an actor before and stupidly listened to another journalist who told me I shouldn’t write down notes or tape-...
| Jul 10, 2012
Q: Can you substitute margarine for shortening in a cupcake recipe?
If the recipe calls for 3/4 cup of shortening, how much margarine would you use?
—Judy Levin, Chicago
A: Yes, you can. Just keep in mind there will likely be some texture and...
| Sep 3, 2012
| 2:29 AM
Jenny McCarthy is a bit of a talker, so it would only make sense that the former “Singled Out” host and frequent “Oprah Winfrey Show” guest would be next in line for her own talk show. “The Jenny McCarthy Show” is set...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 7:05 AM
What do you do if your assignment is to cover the much-anticipated two-month filming of “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in downtown Chicago – from where and what they filmed to what the cast has to say about filming here -- but access...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 4:50 PM
Rosie O’Donnell still isn’t used to the reaction she’s been getting on the streets of Chicago. The talk show host, who began taping “The Rosie Show” in the West Loop in October, said it’s far different from the reaction...