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What’s a Cronut and where can you get one?

Part doughnuts, part croissants, “Cronuts” are the latest culinary craze sweeping New York City. The baked goods debuted last month at Dominique Ansel’s, namesake SoHo bakery. The cult following for the limited-availability pastry has not only led to extensive lines at Ansel’s bakeshop, but also a black market peddling the authentic articles for up to […]

Home bakers’ bonanza is back!

If you do your own baking, you won’t want to miss the return of the annual Wilton tent sale, May 31 through June 18 at Wilton Industries headquarters in Woodridge. The huge sale, housed in a football-field-sized tent, offers up to 75 percent off on Wilton cake pans, baking tools, cake accessories, cookie and candy […]

Friday food porn: Spicy stuff!

Bill Dugan from The Fishguy Market in Irving Park writes: “My girlfriend, Tracy, and I have been digging ramps near my home in Michigan for the past ten years or so…. We just completed a two-week process making kimchi using the stem, bulb and leaves. It adds a more succinct flavor than bulb garlic and […]

Chicago farmers’ markets open

Hooray! Fresh local fruits and veggie time is almost here. Hang out with your favorite farmers and pick up freshly picked produce. Farmers’ market season kicks off in Chicago on Saturday, May 11, with the opening of city-run markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers at Lincoln Park (Armitage and Orchard) and Division Street […]

Friday food porn: Tarts for sale

Get tarts like this custom made by subscription from interior designer Stephanie Lock, who leaves off from furnishings and decor during the warmer months to concentrate on baking. Seasonal selections made from local-farm fruit may include rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb, raspberry, nectarine, Italian plum, apple, pear and pumpkin. The all-butter pastry is made with European-style Plugrá butter. […]

Picnic Pros Share Tips for Outdoor Eating and Drinking

Despite the biblical amount of rain we’ve received lately, things are finally starting to feel like spring in Chicago. And with spring comes picnics, as there is nothing more idyllic on a sunny spring day than a picnic basket chock full of snacks and wine. But what to stock? In time for full-blown picnic season, […]

Friday food porn: The art of Easter

Certified Master Chef Alain Roby of All-Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva created this masterpiece of spun sugar, along with a variety of other Easter confections, including handmade chocolate bunnies up to 2-1/2 feet tall, constructed of Grand-cru chocolate ($9.95–$225), sugar-blown robin’s nests with a chocolate truffle egg inside ($32), handmade chocolate eggs complete with sugar-blown bows […]

18 Passover 2013 ideas in Chicago

Does Bubbe need a little help this Passover? Whether you’re hosting a seder at home, want to enjoy it in a restaurant or just want a taste of the holiday before the real thing begins, area chefs are prepared to assist. Reservations and advance orders strongly recommended. Bebe’s Eatery at the Chicago French Market offers […]

On St. Patrick’s Day, skip green beer — drink Passover wine

If you think kosher wines are just sweet, dark, heavy fluids produced by Manischewitz or Mogen David, think again. Kosher wines now equal some of the best vintages in the world. Taste for yourself from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, when Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie hosts a free pre-Passover tasting of more […]

7 places to find hamantaschen and other Purim goodies

Beginning at sunset, Saturday, Feb. 23, area Jews will celebrate the festival of Purim, perhaps the most boisterous on the Jewish calendar, a Mardi Gras-like celebration marked by costume parties and gift giving. As with many Jewish holidays, Purim commemorates yet another occasion when somebody tried but didn’t quite succeed to wipe out the Jews […]