| Feb 14, 2012
Q: I am planning a special dinner for my Valentine. I found a fairly simple shrimp soup recipe that might be a good starter but it requires fish stock. I don't have time to make stock. Is there a good commercial substitute?
—Andrew Maselli, Chicago...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 4:28 AM
Day 2 is done at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, and what a day Saturday was: It was sandwiched by much-anticipated sets by Chief Keef and Frank Ocean, and in between came the first evacuation in the festival’s Chicago history. Here’s how it...
| Mar 27, 2012
Q: I love making puff pastry straws for my cocktail parties and while nobody has ever complained about them, I would like some tips on how best to twist them so they come of the oven looking like a pro made them. The strips never really seem to twist...
| 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'...
| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 23, 2011
By the time Maxwell Gabriel allegedly crashed his taxi into a pedestrian, he had been stopped 22 times by police in the last 3 1/2 years.
According to the citations, Gabriel had sped at twice the posted limit, blown through stop signs and caused three...
| 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...
| Oct 22, 2011
| 12:51 PM
October 24 is Food Day, a national effort created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the consumer watchdog group, to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Here in Chicago, the emphasis will be on food safety at an event...
| 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...