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Early cookbooks started women toward power

The beginnings of the women’s movement were stirred up in the pages of cookbooks. Charity cookbooks, starting at the time of the Civil War, brought women together to champion causes such as suffrage, education, temperance, equal rights, working conditions, welfare, immigration and legal rights, as well as benefiting churches, schools, sororities, the homeless and others […]

Explore the cooking of Pennsylvania Dutch in Illinois

Heads up, foodies! Here’s an opportunity for a special culinary tour. On Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance explores Pennsylvania Dutch cooking in the kitchens of Mennonite, Apostolic Christian, Amish and other Anabaptist communities with a tour to the Mennonite Heritage Center near Metamora, Ill., and to Bloomington, Ill., […]

29 last-minute Chicago ideas for Valentine’s Day 2013

Uh oh, you forgot to make Valentine’s Day reservations! We’ve got you covered. As of today, these restaurants were reporting they still had openings. You can make reservations right from within Dining Chicago, too. But hurry, we don’t guarantee they’ll still have openings. Aquitaine, French bistro, Lincoln Park. Bin 36 global, River North. Branch 27, […]

Friday food porn: Dark and sweet

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day! This layered beauty, from Benny’s Chophouse in River North, was inspired by one made by Pastry Chef Aaron Lindgren’s l grandmother Flo. The moist, three-layer devil’s food cake starts with cocoa, heated with vanilla bean and water, and finishes with rich sour cream frosting made from a blend of […]

Friday food porn: Show me your mussels

Mussels steamed in a porter broth with jalapeno, chorizo, shallots and black mustard seed, part of a $19 fixed-price menu with a house salad and hand-cut fries at Grass Fed in Bucktown.

Eat this! Pecan pie, an American favorite

What it is: A fall and winter favorite, pecan pie falls into the category of sugar pies, featuring a sugary custard filled with pecan halves. Where it comes from: Pecans are indigenous to North America. Pecan pie, surprisingly, dates only to the late 19th century. Nutless sugar pies are older, but the first recipes adding […]

Summer means seafood in Chicago

Seafood season is here! Shaw’s Crab House in River North and Schaumburg hosts its annual Lobster Fest through July 31, with a variety of specials, including New England-style lobster boil, featuring a cup of clam chowder or lobster bisque, 1-pound Maine lobster, corn on the cob, boiled red potatoes, coleslaw, and a slice of key […]

Eat this! Six Chicago recipes for the start of summer

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer in Chicagoland. Enjoy these recipes from local chefs at at your picnics and cookouts. Chef Jeremy Brewington:Spicy marinated shrimp, a quick meal on the grill. Al Teatro, Pilsen: Pollo con olive e pignoli, braised chicken with olives and pinenuts, done on the stovetop so it doesn’t heat […]

Top 10 Chicago chefs’ recipes for 2011

Our top 10 recipes from Chicago chefs.

10 top New Year’s Day brunches in Chicago

Happy New Year! Sop up your hangover this New Year’s Day with a hearty brunch and the hair of the dog that bit you. Cantina 46, Gold Coast, 11:a.m. to 4 p.m., $15. Start the new year off with a Latin-style pig roast. Guest chef Troy Graves cooks conchita pibil in a Cuban Caja box […]