| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 16, 2012
| 1:41 PM
Chicago is to have a big new entertainment venue this summer — a 70-foot-tall, 22,000-square-foot tent that will seat as many as 2,500 patrons who will be served up a variety of populist live shows, including tributes to Elton John, Michael...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 6, 2011
Q: I just had some great coconut gelato at Paciugo at 3241 N. Broadway St. at Melrose. I really like it better than ice cream — it tastes creamier and more savory to me. Yet there's an inscription on the side of the cup that says "70% less fat...
| Dec 13, 2011
Q: I have been married for 51-plus years and am not the best cook, but I keep trying. I have a question: When I bake Christmas cookies and put the red heart decorations on the dough, they come out cracked and melted. What am I doing wrong?
| Jan 3, 2012
Q: Why put a bit of oil into pasta dough? Is it taste or to keep the fresh pasta from sticking? My grandmother did not add oil or water.
I would (also) like to find out how long to leave fresh pasta on the counter before cooking, maybe in plastic wrap if...
| Dec 20, 2011
Q: Recently while in England I picked up a mold for sugar mice. Do you know any recipes for them?
—Allison Gibbons, Chicago
A: Sugar mice, complete with cotton thread "tails" are a traditional Christmas candy confection in the United Kingdom. I...
| Jan 17, 2012
Q: Oh, how I miss Chicago and its bakeries and so much more. My German and Polish friends used to make a large sheet pan of apple slices, somewhat like a pie, had a glaze on top and was cut in squares like a brownie. Have searched and can't find a recipe....