| Feb 21, 2012
Q: My pound cake came out beautifully but the top of it was crusted. When I wanted to turn it out or cut it the crust would break into pieces. Why? Can I do something so it won't happen again?
—Nancy Kowalkowski, Chicago
A: A quick call to...
| Apr 10, 2012
Q: Growing up in Old Town back in the late 1950s and early 1960s meant numerous trips to the North Avenue beach and Lincoln Park Zoo, among other places, and eating cotton candy and hot dogs. I remember the hot dogs at Café Brauer at the zoo came with...
| Feb 28, 2012
Q: My husband's 50th birthday is coming quickly and I'd love to make the cake that he raves about that his grandmother made (and never left a recipe for, of course, since she didn't use one!). She lived from 1900-1990 and it was a chocolate cake with mild...
| Mar 6, 2012
Q: I was born in Chicago and moved away when I was 14. The biggest treat we had was when my mother brought home Davidson's Bakeries sugar cookies. To this day, it's all my sisters and brother talk about. I know they're out of business, but do you think...
| Apr 17, 2012
Q: Does a teeny bit of rust inside the can at the seam mean big problems? Just tell me—am I going to be responsible for major illness? There was no time to get another can of coconut milk for the cake.
—Faye Hess, New York, N.Y.
A: No news...
| Mar 13, 2012
Q: Just out of curiosity: Do you think I can substitute a pound of fish for the chicken in the "Curried Anything" recipe? ("Back in the kitchen," Chicago Tribune, Feb. 15, 2012). I'm concerned about whether fish would be hearty enough to stand up to the...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 2:32 PM
Chef Susan Feniger heads to town Aug. 16 to celebrate her latest cookbook “Susan Feniger’s Street Food” (Clarkson Potter) with a book signing/demo at Williams-Sonoma on Michigan Avenue and a pop-up restaurant at Tony Mantuano’s...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 1:28 PM
Michael Jordan's Steak House (not the same concept as the Michael Jordan's Restaurant that closed a dozen years ago) will open this summer in the InterContinental Chicago (525 N. Michigan Ave.), reports Melissa Harris on the Tribune's Breaking Business...
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2011
Diane Latiker balked when her mother first suggested she get the neighborhood teens off the street by inviting them into her home.
"For the life of me I didn't want to do it," said Latiker, a mother of eight living in the gang-torn Roseland community...
| Jan 10, 2012
Q: Several years ago in the food section of the Chicago Tribune there was a sidebar on creating a lettuce "rose" or "flower" to display on a buffet. The tiny box had a color photo of a head of lettuce transformed, I believe, into a flower with eight...
| Apr 17, 2012
| 1:32 PM
Oxymoronic as the whole notion may seem, chess hustlers are one of the pleasures of urban life. I've watched naive amateur players get taken for hard cash by well-masked intellectual killers in Washington Square Park in New York, Harvard Square in...