| Feb 7, 2012
Q: I have had some bad experiences with rotisserie-type chickens. I've been buying them for years, yet the last one was very slimy and had the consistency of crunchy plastic meat. It was thoroughly cooked. I have run up against this in my own purchase...
| Jan 31, 2012
Q: I have a wild hair to make my own marshmallows. Do not ask why. But I pulled out an ancient bottle of Karo from my cupboard, and realized I would need another bottle. Bought a new bottle — which proudly proclaims "0g High Fructose Corn Syrup."...
| Feb 23, 2012
Join Chicago Tribune photojournalists Alex Garcia and E. Jason Wambsgans for this in-depth seminar on composing your best images. The seminar will serve as a primer on enhancing your photo content through careful in-camera framing as well as critical...
| Mar 20, 2012
Q: We are looking for a receipt out of this cookbook that one received when ordering the Chicago Tribune from the late 50s. We would like the name of the book as well as the receipt. The frosting was cooked and then beaten to form peaks. Light and...
| 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...
| 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 28, 2012
| 7:26 PM
Three of the newest additions to the talk show genre have been out and about this week in the city talk show queen Oprah Winfrey once called home.
Katie Couric – whose New York-based “Katie” talk show premieres September 10 on ABC...
| 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 7, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Even some lifelong Chicagoans haven't heard of the Eastland disaster.
On July 24, 1915, more than 2,500 passengers had boarded the S.S. Eastland on the Chicago River, bound for a company picnic in Michigan City, Ind., organized by the Western Electric...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:38 PM
A potential superhero awaits the unleashing of his powers. Tracy Letts mourns over Moscow. A Chicago disaster is revisited. A young man misses his appointment with Goldman Sachs. Oedipus hits the streets of Los Angeles. Hats fly on the Goodman Theatre...
| 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'...
| 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...