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The Sun Sets on The Grand

Produce at The Grand Food Center in Winnetka The Sun Sets on The GrandA long-time customer of The Grand Food Center in Winnetka and Glencoe worried about the stores’ future when she learned the company had been sold to Sunset Foods.“Don’t let them change a thing,” she said to a veteran employee of The Grand,... Read more »

Wild Fork

A lot of people are still convinced that frozen food should be used only as a convenience or when fresh isn’t available. Scratch that.All of the food sold at Wild Fork has been blast frozen at forty degrees below zero. Since everything is frozen in IQF portions, and then packed in vacuum sealed packages, it’s... Read more »

Fruit for Dessert

blueberry crumble a la mode June is prime time for berries, with fruits like peaches and nectarines just a few days or weeks in the future. Wonderful when eaten raw, these fruits also make terrific pies. But while I love blueberry pie-especially when it’s served with ice cream-my list of great summertime activities doesn’t include... Read more »

Small Bites

The Dalmore, premium Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky brand is launching a new product, The Dalmore 14 (SRP: $89.99), which will be available for purchase this month at Binny’s, three months before its national release in September. The Dalmore 14 was created by Master Whisky Maker Gregg Glass, and Master Distiller and Blender Richard Paterson.

Cooking with Lemongrass

Returning from a long weekend spent visiting a friend in Michigan, I opened the emptier-than-usual refrigerator, its meager (think fresh) contents limited to a carton of milk, cheese, and the three stalks of lemongrass I bought at Whole Foods sometime in the relatively recent past. The stalks were beginning to show their age, so if... Read more »

Calendar: early June

Available Tuesdays-Saturdays from 4:30-6pm, the new Happy Hour menu at Le Sud Mediterranean Kitchen in Roscoe Village features small plates, wines by the glass and cocktails, all priced at $6. Inaugural options include grilled asparagus with speck and aioli; Yukon potato chips with herbs and mustard; a choice of red, white or sparkling wine; and... Read more »

The Third Soup

For sone reason, I couldn’t post this recipe with the the recipes for gazpacho and cod mango soup.Chilled Beet Borscht5-6 beets, cut julienne (use a grater or a food processor)Juice of two lemons1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup sugar2 quarts water1. Put the beets in the water and bring to a boil. Cook for ten minutes.2. Skim... Read more »

A Trio of Chilled Soups

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season. So whatever the temperature, it’s time to transition the kitchen, to replace hearty dishes like split pea soup and beef Bourguignon with main dish salads and grilled meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. Chilled soups are also an antidote to summer’s heat and humidity. Some are... Read more »

Cookbooks : One Old and One New

“The Blue Ribbon Cook Book,” Jennie C. Benedict, University of Kentucky Press 2022 (a paperback reprint of the 1922 edition) It’s no surprise that I love cook books. Not just for the recipes, but for what they tell us about the authors who write the books and the home cooks who use them.This time, the... Read more »

Navigating the Pandemic

Navigating the rough seas of the Pandemic has been a challenge for chef Martial Noguier and his wife Laurence, the thoroughly French owners of Bistronomic, a charming restaurant on Wabash, just two blocks north of Chicago Avenue. In the years since the restaurant opened in 2011, Bistronomic has earned a reputation for diversity, with featured... Read more »