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This quick appetizer makes the most of mushroom season Read more

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A recipe for a lesser-known regional snack food Read more

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Long-awaited brewery restaurant opens at Austin and Lake Read more

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Bacon makes a perfectly devilish garnish for these stuffed eggs Read more

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These savory-sweet morsels have subtle Indian flavors to bring flair to your holiday affair Read more

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A dumpling recipe designed to bring an eerie elegance to your Halloween table Read more

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Teryiaki mayo and grilled pineapple put a fun twist on standard summer burger Read more

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Oak Park was once known as the place where the pubs stop and the steeples start – but over the last few years the village, and its neighbors in the western suburbs, have gained a reputation for being the place where brew pubs and restaurants abound. Read more

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Spring is just ten days away and that makes me clamor for lighter and brightly flavored fare at meal time.  Few things taste more like spring than fresh ceviche. Read more

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This is an efficient dessert/appetizer suited for the "anti-baker" I affectionately call,” cheeses and things in jars.” Read more

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On the autumnal equinox day and night are equal in length.  As the sun crossed the celestial equator on September 23rd, it signified a balance between seasons. Read more

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Eager Oak Park eaters are flocking to savor thoughtfully crafted fare with an international flair at Amerikas located at 734 Lake Street. Read more

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Mel’s Mindful Mardi Gras Muffaletta Sandwiches

Melissa Elsmo

Foodies clamor, with good reason, to take a bite out of iconic New Orleans fare like fried oyster po’boys, glorious gumbo, andouille laden jambalaya, and rich crawfish etouffee. Read more

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South of the Border Pimento Cheese Spread

Melissa Elsmo

Taking a southern favorite like pimento cheese spread and spicing it up with Mexican ingredients ensures your next party menu will bring a little heat. Read more

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Quick Chicken Liver Pate with Savory-Sweet Apple –Honey Chutney

Melissa Elsmo

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, provides ample opportunity for cooks to marry flavor and tradition.  Nothing is more synonymous with Rosh Hashanah, than apples and honey; together they represent the sweetness of the New Year. Read more

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Fried Green Tomato Salad

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Fried green tomatoes are the perfect recipe solution to a common garden quandary. Read more

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Game Day Potato Skins

Melissa Elsmo

Somehow the noble potato skin has become synonymous with chain restaurants and the frozen food aisle in the supermarket, but a creative home-made version of this cheesy, junk food giant is a must have on any game day menu! Read more

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Home-cured Gravlax Smorrebrod

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Norse countries are well known for a cured salmon dish called gravlax. Historically, Norwegians would bury fresh fish in the sand near the ocean edge and leave it for several days. Read more

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Whipping up a home-cooked version of a popular Thai appetizer is the perfect way to put a health conscious spin on party-worthy fare. Chicken satay features marinated, grilled chicken skewers served alongside a brightly flavored cucumber, carrot and Read more

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Being an elf is magical work and taking a brief moment to appreciate the holiday feeling you’ve created should be an essential gift you give yourself every year. Read more

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