Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) http://posttrib.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/posttrib.gif Post-Tribune http://posttrib.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ A light, airy fruit pudding from America’s past ]]> Lead story image

Snow pudding is a great old American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, back when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had — things such as gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. In fact, the very first edition of Fanny Farmer’s “Boston Cooking School Cookbook” back in 1896 featured a recipe for snow pudding. My paternal grandmother, Ruth, a graduate of the Boston Cooking School, used to make it for me all the time when I was a kid. A lifetime later, I still remember snow pudding with great affection. So why not … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:13:46 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26736993-423/a-light-airy-fruit-pudding-from-americas-past.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26736993-423/a-light-airy-fruit-pudding-from-americas-past.html <![CDATA[ Moving asparagus to the center of your plate ]]> Lead story image

Asparagus has been a delicious symbol of spring since at least as far back as the Greeks, who called it asparagos — literally, “to spring up.” But however it is spelled, it makes me happy. Most grocers sell asparagus in a range of sizes, from thin and willowy to thick and stocky. Whatever the size, look for stalks that are firm and smooth from top to bottom, with tight, unfeathery tips. Also check that the grocer stored it properly, because asparagus is quite perishable. It should be stored stem down in ice or a bit of water. Once you get … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:11:16 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26864045-423/moving-asparagus-to-the-center-of-your-plate.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26864045-423/moving-asparagus-to-the-center-of-your-plate.html <![CDATA[ Subway: ‘Yoga mat chemical’ almost out of bread ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Subway recently said an ingredient dubbed the “yoga mat chemical” will be entirely phased out of its bread by this week. The disclosure came as Subway suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity after a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient. The ingredient, azodicarbonamide, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in food as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner. It can be found in a wide variety of products, including those served at McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks, and breads sold in supermarkets. But its unfamiliar name has an unappetizing … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:11:36 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26864036-423/subway-yoga-mat-chemical-almost-out-of-bread.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26864036-423/subway-yoga-mat-chemical-almost-out-of-bread.html <![CDATA[ Go for the Food: Philly’s 13th St. brings good luck to great food ]]> Lead story image

PHILADELPHIA — Tourism officials will tell you the restaurant-rich area at the heart of downtown is called Midtown Village, but that moniker hasn’t entirely caught on with the locals. The good news is that it doesn’t matter what you call it. Philadelphia food lovers just know 13th Street — which runs through the center of the neighborhood — as a vibrant area chockfull of great eateries and wine bars, a place to get anything from artisanal pizza and gourmet vegan to Asian fusion and modern Indian. And don’t forget the freshly made prickly-pear gelato for dessert. While the city boasts … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:10:52 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26864008-423/go-for-the-food-phillys-13th-st-brings-good-luck-to-great-food.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26864008-423/go-for-the-food-phillys-13th-st-brings-good-luck-to-great-food.html <![CDATA[ A delicious Easter lamb turned inside out ]]> Lead story image

The classic Easter or spring lamb often is served with mint jelly. And that’s fine, assuming you want to play it safe. We decided to flip things around. Actually, we didn’t so much as flip the dish as turn it inside out. Rather than relegate the mint to a condiment added at the table, we used it to create a vibrant pesto, which we then stuffed in a leg of lamb so it could infuse the meat with flavor during roasting. And to stand in for the sweet and sour flavors of the mint sauce, we braised red cabbage right … ]]> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 06:09:12 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/19032484-423/a-delicious-easter-lamb-turned-inside-out.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/19032484-423/a-delicious-easter-lamb-turned-inside-out.html <![CDATA[ Milwaukee group wants to buy Pabst Blue Ribbon ]]> Lead story image

MILWAUKEE — Long before it was known for fine cheddar cheese or the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin was famous for beer, especially the national brands brewed in Milwaukee: Schlitz, Blatz and Pabst Blue Ribbon. The brewing tradition started by Milwaukee’s German immigrants in the 1800s endured for more than a century, until industry consolidation in the 1980s and ’90s began sending familiar brands to other companies and cities. Now a small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of that proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:39:47 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26709087-423/milwaukee-group-wants-to-buy-pabst-blue-ribbon.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26709087-423/milwaukee-group-wants-to-buy-pabst-blue-ribbon.html <![CDATA[ Engineered salmon may be a tough sell ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — Don’t expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption. During that time, opponents of the technology have taken advantage of increasing consumer concern about genetically modified foods and have urged several major retailers not to sell it. So far, two of the nation’s biggest grocers, Safeway and Kroger, have pledged to keep the salmon off their … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:40:33 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26708990-423/engineered-salmon-may-be-a-tough-sell.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26708990-423/engineered-salmon-may-be-a-tough-sell.html <![CDATA[ A light, airy fruit pudding from America’s past ]]> Lead story image

Snow pudding is a great old American recipe that dates back to pioneer days, back when resourceful home cooks hankering for a treat had to rely on whatever they had — things such as gelatin, lemons, sugar and eggs. In fact, the very first edition of Fanny Farmer’s “Boston Cooking School Cookbook” back in 1896 featured a recipe for snow pudding. My paternal grandmother, Ruth, a graduate of the Boston Cooking School, used to make it for me all the time when I was a kid. A lifetime later, I still remember snow pudding with great affection. So why not … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:38:59 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26708833-423/a-light-airy-fruit-pudding-from-americas-past.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26708833-423/a-light-airy-fruit-pudding-from-americas-past.html <![CDATA[ Eggs break out, crack the haute cuisine scene ]]> Lead story image

Don’t tell James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman that eggs are trending. True, he’s got a new book out this spring, “Egg,” that’s all about the sunny little kitchen staples. And he’s certainly aware that more people are catching on to the fact that the egg is “just this really fabulous, versatile ingredient.” But the problem with eggs being trendy is that it implies they could — or maybe even did — fall out of fashion, which is not something he’ll entertain. The egg, after all, can be “the height of refinement or the quintessential simple peasant dish. It … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:33:31 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26574783-423/eggs-break-out-crack-the-haute-cuisine-scene.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26574783-423/eggs-break-out-crack-the-haute-cuisine-scene.html <![CDATA[ Go For the Food: Simple treats in garish Las Vegas ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — You might not expect to find farm-to-table dining in Las Vegas. But that’s exactly why tourists are lining up at a rundown corner a few blocks from the old casinos in the town’s seedy core. It takes visitors arriving by cab a few minutes to locate the nouveau diner Eat on the ground floor of a motel-style apartment complex that rents rooms by the month and looks like a place where a down-on-his-luck crime caper hero might live. But this is Las Vegas’ first neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on freshness and locally sourced ingredients. Eat has … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:34:05 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26574448-423/go-for-the-food-simple-treats-in-garish-las-vegas.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26574448-423/go-for-the-food-simple-treats-in-garish-las-vegas.html <![CDATA[ Saving carrots from their usual sugary Easter fate ]]> Lead story image

Though carrots often make it into the Easter feast lineup, I’ve never understood why. Maybe it’s a nod to the Easter bunny. Typically, we prepare them much as we prepare sweet potatoes (their distant orange cousins) at Thanksgiving — by glazing them and otherwise shoveling on extra sugar. I’m guessing that this is a reaction to the carrot’s bright color, which reminds us of a kid’s toy. It’s orange. It’s fun. On the plate, carrots are more like a candy than a vegetable. Still, I like carrots and I think I’ve figured out a way here to redeem them. The … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:46:34 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26426114-423/saving-carrots-from-their-usual-sugary-easter-fate.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26426114-423/saving-carrots-from-their-usual-sugary-easter-fate.html <![CDATA[ In California, chefs fight for bare-hand contact ]]> Lead story image

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders. One used her hands to toss locally grown romaine hearts with anchovy dressing in a metal bowl, while another, facing diners from behind a marble countertop, used his fingers to sprinkle cotija cheese and red onion into chicken tacos. A gloveless bartender wedged an orange slice on the edge of a white wine spritzer. All of them were breaking a state law that took effect in January but won’t be enforced … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:45:03 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26426116-423/in-california-chefs-fight-for-bare-hand-contact.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26426116-423/in-california-chefs-fight-for-bare-hand-contact.html <![CDATA[ Chew on this: Gum loses its pop ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — Gum seems as appealing as that sticky wad on the bottom of a shoe these days. It’s not that Americans don’t ever enjoy a stick of Trident or Orbit, the two most popular brands. They just aren’t as crazy about chomping away on the stuff as they once were, with U.S. sales tumbling 11 percent over the past four years. No one in the industry can pinpoint a single factor that’s causing the decline — the theories include an unwillingness to shell out $2 or more for a pack in the bad economy or that advertising veered … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:46:53 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26426134-423/chew-on-this-gum-loses-its-pop.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26426134-423/chew-on-this-gum-loses-its-pop.html <![CDATA[ First lady: Cooking at home has its advantages ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama said last week that a new focus of her anti-childhood obesity effort will be to help people cook more of their meals at home because they’re healthier. Addressing a health summit in Washington, the first lady said home-cooked meals have less fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories than meals prepared in restaurants — and save money, too. She said too many people think they don’t have the time or the skills to cook for themselves, but that plenty of meals can be pulled together in less than 30 minutes for cheaper than takeout. Obama began focusing on … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:31:37 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26289681-423/first-lady-cooking-at-home-has-its-advantages.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26289681-423/first-lady-cooking-at-home-has-its-advantages.html <![CDATA[ A healthy roast bird to help welcome spring ]]> Lead story image

Our spring feasts — often centered around Passover and Easter — typically call for a center-of-the-plate star such as brisket or lamb. Of course they’re delicious, but both can seriously ramp up the fat and calories in a meal that tends to put the groan into groaning board even before the main course is served. So how about roasted chicken instead? Wait a minute, you say. If you eat the bird with its skin on, you might as well be eating lamb. And yet there’s no way to cook a chicken properly without the skin. Looks like a problem, but … ]]> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:29:37 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26289636-423/a-healthy-roast-bird-to-help-welcome-spring.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/26289636-423/a-healthy-roast-bird-to-help-welcome-spring.html <![CDATA[ Go for culinary gold with a Russian dish ]]> Lead story image

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 are used to five-star accommodations and American resources, Sochi falls short. Whether or not their gripes are anchored in indulgence is debatable, but there’s still a part of the larger picture that these visiting athletes are missing — classic Russian cuisine. The bold flavors, the hot and chilled soups, and copious amounts of fish--these are … ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:17:56 -0500 http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/25656178-423/go-for-culinary-gold-with-a-russian-dish.html http://posttrib.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/25656178-423/go-for-culinary-gold-with-a-russian-dish.html