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  • Shrimp etouffee a flavorful, vibrant, rustic New Orleans original

    Even if you’re not familiar with the name Paul Prudhomme, it’s likely you’ve enjoyed the benefits of his long and celebrated career. Prudhomme was a L ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:30 pm
  • Pork chops get Creole treatment with easy homemade spice rub

    With Mardi Gras fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to salute New Orleans’ cuisine by finding a new use for the city’s unique and far-famed Cr ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Creamy, indulgent gratin the best thing to happen to potatoes

    I have a recipe for a potato gratin in my last cookbook, “Dinner Solved!” that I firmly stand by. Here is another I firmly stand by. And I plan to com ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • 10 best pizza places in the DeKalb County area

    Here are the 10 best local places to get pizza in the DeKalb County area, as voted on by readers in our 2016 DeKalb County's Finest competition.
    Feb. 20, 2017 - 11:47 am
  • Canapes will dress up any Academy Awards party buffet

    When it comes to planning party menus, we often think the most special dishes are the most complicated ones, with exotic and expensive ingredients. Bu ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 10:11 pm
  • Not just for restaurants: Charcuterie boards make an easy and impressive appetizer

    Who says you can enjoy a charcuterie board only when you go out to eat? Restaurants have made them a diner’s favorite, and many restaurants become des ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • For the Oscars, try a champagne cocktail that’s dressed up

    Whether you are a film fanatic or just in it for the gowns, awards season is a no-brainer excuse for a theme party. Hollywood glitz and glamour offers ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • 8 best breakfast places in DeKalb and Sycamore

    Here are the 8 best local places to get a great breakfast in DeKalb and Sycamore, as voted on by readers in our 2016 DeKalb County's Finest competitio ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 10:59 am
  • King crab legs cheaper at home – plus, leftovers make tasty bisque

    Nothing says indulgence like noshing on some seriously giant Alaskan King Crab legs. They’re not ju ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Cherry cupcakes with a hint of bourbon are perfect for your valentine

    This old-fashioned cherry cupcake is just the thing for Valentine’s Day. I’ve updated a cake my mother used to make for my sisters and me when we were ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • 12 DeKalb County Mexican restaurants you must try

    Here are the 12 best local places to get Mexican food in DeKalb County, as voted on by readers in our 2016 DeKalb County’s Finest competition.
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 2:50 pm
  • 7 Great Destinations in Northern Illinois for Valentine’s Day Dinner

    Score big points with your significant other by checking out these terrific Northern Illinois restaurants for Valentine's Day, courtesy of the new Nei ...
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Buffalo-Style Meatballs: Spicy, buttery flavor without the wings

    I’ve loved chicken wings since long before they were ever a cute little bar menu item, looking more like tiny drumsticks than an actual Z-shaped wing.
    Jan. 1, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Garlic, ginger flavors brighten Southeast Asian meatball recipe

    Although students at The Culinary Institute of America face a seemingly endless to-do list, central to their course work is recipe and menu developmen ...
    Jan. 1, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • A big win for Super Bowl fare

    These sweet treats are a riff on the very popular summer campfire s’mores. If you love marshmallow and chocolate and get nostalgic when you think of c ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 10:39 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Would you object to having wind turbines within sight of your home?
    Depends how many