renwald

Marisa Renwald

Marisa Renwald has been a food writer for the Post-Tribune since 2006, and her column “Comfort Food Quest” has been appearing in the paper since …Read More

Search recent columns

More Columns

  • Seafood-inspired dishes abound during Lent

    It’s hard to find a flaw in the dietary guidelines of the Lenten season. Meat-free Fridays aren’t a sacrifice, but rather, a treat. Out comes the fried catfish, the lobster bisque, and the salmon patties. Friday night fish fries headline the weekend and call for …Read More

  • Homemade toffee a delectable gift

    Some might argue that giving food as a gift is an easy cop-out, a sidestep to spending money and time on a real present. But these aren’t the days of fruitcakes at Christmas anymore. Nor are they the days of Jell-o molds for housewarming parties …Read More

  • Go for culinary gold with a Russian dish

    If the U.S. Olympians’ viral updates about the conditions of Sochi, Russia, are at all veritable, then the old adage stands true. When in Russia, don’t brush your teeth with water; use vodka, instead. Murky drinking water, roaming dogs and unpaved roads. For Olympians who …Read More

  • Use your slow cooker to get a little taste of summer

    The flavors of summer seem so far away, so unattainable. Somewhere in your back yard under inches of packed snow, your grill sighs of warmer days. The craving for barbecued food, in-season vegetables and light, crisp flavors is there; but something doesn’t seem right about …

    Sweet, maple cookies are a warming relief

    Transitioning from the childhood cookies-and-milk phase into something adult-like doesn’t require very much of an adjustment, if any at all. The craving for something sweet and filling, warming and comforting is ever-present. And now, as the long stretch of winter steps in without any sign …

    Turn those leftover mashed potatoes into delicious waffles

    The exact history of the chicken and waffle pairing is unknown, but after centuries of collaborating as a beloved American icon, this duo reigns as the most revolutionary waffle innovation of all time. Until now. While the chicken and waffle pairing throws a spotlight on …

    Juicing delivers refreshing flavors

    Juicing. Interpret the word one way and you’ve bound yourself to one of the most controversial activities in sports today. Interpret it another way and it means you’ve fallen for the biggest trend in dieting since the carb-free revolution. Juicing sheds pounds. Juicing detoxes. What …

    Tangerines bring refreshing flavor to seasonal winter foods

    The seasonal foods of winter can be tricksters. In January, you’d think the seasonal ingredients would procure warmth and brawn, but more often than not, their flavors are light and refreshing — the very characteristics we’d expect from summer’s most notable ingredients. Take citrus, for …

    Hybrid holidays unite  cultures for creative meals

    In the wake of the Thanksgivvukah and all of its success, the hybrid holiday seems to be on the rise — at least for the new year. Combining holiday traditions not only makes cooking for the celebrations a lot less stressful, but it also makes …

    Shepherd’s pie for Boxing Day

    On the second day of Christmas, make your true love a shepherd’s pie. In classic British fashion, celebrate Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, with some leftover holiday goodies. Traditional British cuisine features heavy and rich foods — the perfect ingredients to supplement the bitter …

    Hosting a holiday party? Offer up a Monaco cocktail

    No one wants to play bartender at a holiday party. There are fancily dressed guests to attend to, a crackling fireplace to sit beside, and the jazzy jingles and bells of the holiday music is beckoning just one dance. The last thing you’d want is …

    Celebrate St. Nicholas Day with Dutch cookies

    Sharp with ginger and spice, sugary baked thins tell decorative stories of St. Nicholas to every Dutch boy and girl on the eve of St. Nicholas Day. Ornate impressions of roosters, puppies with ribbons around their neck, tall and willowy Christmas trees, wooden shoes, or …

    Fuel your Black Friday shopping with a turkey breakfast sandwich

    A 3 a.m. wake-up call isn’t all that early for the true holiday shoppers. Most ardent bustlers have long sacrificed their Thanksgiving nights to land a place in line in sub-zero weather. But for the majority of the population, Black Friday still requires an early …

    Renwald: ‘Thanksgivukkah’ offers up a rare culinary fusion

    The merchandise with clever sayings, the silly social media hashtags, and the all-out grandeur that the media has pushed out about “Thanksgivukkah” has turned this hybrid of a holiday into something much larger than a portmanteau word. The unlikely coincidence that Thanksgiving happens to fall …

    An Easter dish with Southern roots

    Southern Easter celebrations are the stuff made for magazine pages. The South is lucky, though, for there is rarely a risk of a frosty Easter Sunday. There’s no waiting for spring in the South. It arrives right on time, and with it comes pretty pastel …

    Baked eggs with salmon a savory Lenten breakfast

    Meatless Fridays are easy to endure, save for one meal: breakfast. Eliminating bacon, sausage and ham wouldn’t be such a sacrifice if there was another protein to fill that tummy-rumbling void. Fickle appetites and applause for general breakfast blandness have practically put into practice a …