RECIPE: Cherry Home Fries

Cherry home fries. Photo courtesy ChooseCherries.com.   One of our beefs with Presidents Day is that it obliterates the birthdays of two great presidents, Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and George Washington (February 22nd). Both birthdays used to be bank, government and school holidays. In 1971, both presidential holidays were shifted to the third Monday in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Mushroom Salad

You may be chomping at the bit for the first spring vegetables to arrive in the market (we’re waiting for asparagus and ramps). But until then, there is veggie excitement to be had; and we’ll be talking about them for the next two days. Mushrooms offer flavorful excitement, and are a cook’s delight: They absorb…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Vegetable “Raft”

Build a vegetable “raft” to make a serving of plain grilled or sautéed protein look like fancy restaurant fare. This chef’s trick makes it easy to add glamor to a piece of cooked protein—beef, fish, lamb, pork, poultry, tofu. Not to mention, it gets people to eat more veggies! Here, branzino in padella (branzino cooked…
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RECIPE: Best Cherry Pie

This cherry pie gets a fancy lattice top. Photo courtesy Cherry Marketing Institute.   It’s National Cherry Pie Day, and we’re honoring both the holiday and Jean Van’t Hul by publishing her recipe for “the best cherry pie ever.” Like all good cooks, Jean has worked on this recipe for years, adapting recipes from prominent…
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RECIPE: Hungarian Rice Pudding

Hungarian Rice Pudding. Photo and recipe courtesy Little Bucharest Bistro | Chicago.   A bone-chilling day like today calls for extra helpings of comfort food. One of our favorites is rice pudding. We’ve made it every way, including conventional, with rum-soaked raisins, with dried cherries and cranberries replacing the raisins, and a Thai-inspired version with…
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