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How to create lasting holiday memories

How to create lasting holiday memories

Many of us have lasting memories from our childhood holidays. Some are more predictable than others, tied to traditions that get passed down for generations and whose mere practice today still stirs emotions.

December 14, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Kale looks back at pre-trend roots in a simple soup

Kale looks back at pre-trend roots in a simple soup

Kale salads and kale chips, the darling vegetable dishes last year, are still having an influence. Their ubiquity on dinner tables and at picnics has led to supermarket products such as baby kale leaves. Once a specialty item of farmers markets, small, tender, young kale leaves can now be pi…

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Kale looks back at pre-trend roots in a simple soup

Kale looks back at pre-trend roots in a simple soup

White beans and baby kale come together in a simple and quick soup.

December 09, 2014 10:51 am
Choose your payment methods wisely for holiday shopping

Choose your payment methods wisely for holiday shopping

Here's a guide to pros and cons, in terms of limiting debt and avoiding fraud, of various payment methods.

December 06, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Some newly insured still struggle to pay for health care

Some newly insured still struggle to pay for health care

Annette, 62, and Phill Kopczynski, 63, live in Huntley, Illinois. Annette’s deductible is $6,000, so she tries to avoid doctors.

December 06, 2014 1:19 pm
National briefs

National briefs

Police secure the an entrance to the Nordstrom store in downtown Chicago, where two people were shot Friday.

November 29, 2014 3:56 pm

Spending Smart: Antenna helps kick cable TV habit

As more people rethink ways to get television programming outside the traditional cable and satellite companies, the unsung TV antenna is becoming a fundamental component of their cord-cutting strategy.

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3 Halloween projects to craft into spooky desserts

3 Halloween projects to craft into spooky desserts

The gravesite, the trickier of the projects, has sides of cookie strips, a pudding filling and grated chocolate “dirt.”

October 27, 2014 1:23 pm
3 Halloween projects to craft into spooky desserts

3 Halloween projects to craft into spooky desserts

Style the top half of the sandwich cookies as you like with icings or sprinkles.

October 27, 2014 1:22 pm
3 Halloween projects to craft into spooky desserts

3 Halloween projects to craft into spooky desserts

Vanilla pudding is piled in glasses and garnished with chocolate-filled sandwich cookies, festively accessorized.

October 27, 2014 1:22 pm
After a century, bison return to Illinois

After a century, bison return to Illinois

The 20 bison made the trip by truck from Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve in Westfield, Iowa, pictured above.

October 11, 2014 12:22 pm
Seasonal mushrooms can inspire

Seasonal mushrooms can inspire

Mushrooms and pan-fried pork chops are a dinnertime treat.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Panthers beat bears 31-24

Panthers beat bears 31-24

Chicago Bears outside linebacker Lance Briggs runs with his interception against the Carolina Panthers during the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Briggs is now tied for the third-most interceptions by a former UA player.

October 08, 2014 12:00 am
Fall into mushroom season

Fall into mushroom season

Potato croquettes pick up nice caramelization from a quick turn in the skillet.

October 07, 2014 3:33 pm
Fall into mushroom season

Fall into mushroom season

Golden pork chops smothered in sautéed chanterelles and accompanied by a cucumber salad are a delicious way to use mushrooms .

October 07, 2014 3:32 pm
Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash

Spaghetti squash can look intimidating, but its mild flavor and spaghetti-like strands are a great accompaniment for many sauces.

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Choosing chutney: Try making your own

Choosing chutney: Try making your own

Chutney comes in all sorts of varieties; make your own at home.

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Chutney

Chutney

Chutney like this one made of peaches can be used as a condiment with a number of dishes, including atop a soft cheese, such as goat or brie. 

September 09, 2014 12:06 pm
Fatigue a way of life for many high schoolers

Fatigue a way of life for many high schoolers

Michelle Pindrik, a junior, rubs her face to stay awake during her eighth-period honors physics class at Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

September 06, 2014 4:47 pm
RECIPE

RECIPE

Embracing a plant-based diet doesn’t have to be a sacrifice. Flavorful fruits, satisfying beans and leafy greens can make you feel years younger.

August 29, 2014 2:43 pm
Versatile okra makes a comeback

Versatile okra makes a comeback

Here's a way to make okra sans the slime.

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Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg

August 26, 2014 5:01 pm
Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts.

August 26, 2014 4:37 pm
Cocktail book mixes it up with garden ingredients

Cocktail book mixes it up with garden ingredients

Refreshing adult beverages star in new book.

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Stunning upsets mark round 3

Stunning upsets mark round 3

The bracketed Breakfast Madness competition is down to its final four: Viv’s Café, the Happy Rooster, Cindy Lou’s Café and Omar’s Hi-Way Chef.

August 11, 2014 3:58 pm
NTR-DEVILFOODS

NTR-DEVILFOODS

4Some products seem healthful, but check the labels to be sure. Organic or not, this salad dressing packs 150 calories and 16 grams of fat into 2 tablespoons per serving. Considering few of us limit ourselves to 2 tablespoons, we’re in danger of turning a healthful meal or side dish into a c…

August 08, 2014 12:22 am
Colorful grain salads are potluck pleasers

Colorful grain salads are potluck pleasers

Main-course salads are great anywhere from a picnic to a block party.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Couscous salad with roasted cauliflower and dijon

Couscous salad with roasted cauliflower and dijon

Change things up a bit to make sure you bring a unique dish to a potluck dinner. A couscous salad could be a good choice.

July 21, 2014 9:57 am
Dashcam vigilantes use YouTube in drive to bring rules to road

Dashcam vigilantes use YouTube in drive to bring rules to road

Joe Elbaor mounts his dashboard camera below his rearview mirror to record videos of bad driving, which he then posts to his YouTube account. A growing number of consumers are using the inexpensive recorders to publicly shame bad drivers, keep tabs on their kids, or get a good laugh.

July 13, 2014 5:03 pm
Wraps make great summertime meals

Wraps make great summertime meals

And they're tailor-made for exploiting what’s at hand.

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Rice salads a great pasta alternative

Rice salads a great pasta alternative

Cooking tips to possibly lessen risk of arsenic in rice. (Bill Hogan/Chicago tribune/MCT)

July 08, 2014 1:05 pm
Recipe

Recipe

Even finicky kids like wraps, such as this chicken version. They’re quick, easy and can incorporate what’s already in your refrigerator. Try coleslaw or melon wedges to round out the meal.

July 08, 2014 1:02 pm
Facebook

Facebook

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, shown giving a speech earlier this year.

July 02, 2014 5:11 pm
Gail MarksJarvis

Gail MarksJarvis

Gail MarksJarvis  

June 25, 2014 5:27 pm
This summer, go green: Delicate young leaves move beyond kale

This summer, go green: Delicate young leaves move beyond kale

You’re all over the kale trend, baking loads of leaves into crisp chips, sauteing bagfuls with olive oil and garlic. It’s time to break the hold kale has over your kitchen.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Lost sense of smell often invisible, untreatable problem

Lost sense of smell often invisible, untreatable problem

Jennifer Leigh, with her daughter Janelle at home in Evanston, Ill., has lost her sense of smell and has adapted to daily tasks such as cooking.

June 13, 2014 2:35 pm

Oven baking ensures perfect frittatas

Our spring entertaining often centers on brunch after an early morning bike ride or hike with friends. Hungry, we’re looking for strong coffee and an easy to assemble main course.

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Cooking up a classic: luscious homemade chocolate sauce

Cooking up a classic: luscious homemade chocolate sauce

Chocolate sauce appeals to the novice cook. It seems so simple. Just warm chocolate. Right?

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Recipe

Recipe

Good chocolate sauce calls for more than just heating up chocolate and is a recipe that appeals to the novice chef. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

May 19, 2014 2:54 pm
Mother whose daughter was killed helps change Wisconsin intoxication law

Mother whose daughter was killed helps change Wisconsin intoxication law

Sherry Anicich was appalled when a jury failed to convict a drunken man who admitted killing her daughter.

May 10, 2014 4:45 pm
Hancock's new 'Tilt!' puts you over the edge

Hancock's new 'Tilt!' puts you over the edge

The John Hancock Observatory’s new attraction called “Tilt” has viewers stand against one of eight glass panels that tilt out and down on an angle, so viewers are leaning downward.

May 08, 2014 5:55 pm
Home Cooking: Spring, summer come together in chicken dish featuring peas, oregano

Home Cooking: Spring, summer come together in chicken dish featuring peas, oregano

Oregano and peas seem like a bad match. The musty, pungent herb and the fresh, bright legume would seem to fight. Maybe this hunch also stems from their divergent seasons: the spring of the peas, the summer of oregano.

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Skillet chicken recipe

Skillet chicken recipe

Skillet chicken with onions, peas, mushrooms makes a good spring or summer dish.

May 05, 2014 9:25 am
Online cooking groups dish up friendships

Online cooking groups dish up friendships

Laurie Woodward planned to fly from her home in Pittsburgh this month across the country to Mukilteo, Wash., to serve as matron of honor to a bride she’s never met. And it’s all because of baking.

April 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Online cooking groups

Online cooking groups

Kung pao chicken

April 29, 2014 12:09 pm
St. Louis at Chicago, Game 4

St. Louis at Chicago, Game 4

The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews celebrates a goal by Bryan Bickell that tied the game in the third period at United Center in Chicago.

April 23, 2014 9:52 pm
Art of the ‘choke: Supermarket freezer case unlocks key to weeknight rendering

Art of the ‘choke: Supermarket freezer case unlocks key to weeknight rendering

Fresh artichokes are one of my favorite foods, and yet I find myself passing them by at the grocery store, having thought about the work in cleaning them and decided against it. Even baby artichokes require trimming and peeling, then a long cook time. Too much for a weeknight.

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

Court upholds EPA emission standards

Midwest Generation’s Fisk plant, a coal-fired power plant in Chicago, is one of many that could be affected by the EPA’s regulations.

April 15, 2014 3:07 pmLoading…
Fish fry

Fish fry

Fried fish is taken to diners at a fish fry.

April 15, 2014 12:57 pm
All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

All-American cookbook from 1901 still resonates today

Lizzie Black Kander has been called the “Jane Addams of Milwaukee” for her tireless social service work, which included editing and publishing “The Settlement Cook Book” in 1901.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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