Secrets of Holiday Bartending

Secrets of Holiday Bartending

Drop the shaker and enjoy your own party

(December 25, 2014) All this week, somebody, somewhere, is throwing a party. They will plan the menu and music to the letter, but when it comes to the bar ... things fall apart....

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Orange Salad

An Italian Christmas tradition

(December 18, 2014) The holidays remind me that I grew up elsewhere. I enjoy watching children working at their gingerbread creations, but I don't have my own personal experience. While I have no...

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Adobo for the Soul

A family recipe for Filipino stew

(December 11, 2014) My Filipino grandfather immigrated to the United States and started a family in 1927. He died in 1933 — essentially of poverty — in a Filipino section of a Chicago...

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Hum Plate Roundup

Pies, poppers and piles of rings

(December 4, 2014) Pining for Pie How did your Thanksgiving go? Maybe a wedge of Costco's satellite-dish sized pumpkin pie satisfied your cravings, maybe it didn't. Even if all your favorites showed up...

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All Hail the Queen of Kale

Meagan Baldy's kitchen revolution

(November 27, 2014) Watch a few of Meagen Baldy's cooking videos and you might just think you've found a new best friend. Approachable, spunky and down to earth, she films Cooking Healthy in...

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Winter Glow

Let persimmons kindle your salad

(November 20, 2014) Asian persimmons are festive: in shades from yellow to red-orange, depending on the variety, they glow in the crystalline light of the final months of the year. In neat rows...

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Flaming Octopi

These babies are on fire

(November 13, 2014) When I was a kid, my grandmother called me, my brother and his friends into the kitchen to peer into a boiling pot. In it was an octopus, turning purple...

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Hum Plate Roundup

The international language

(November 6, 2014) Cherchez le Dip The French dip sandwich you've been ordering everywhere in hope of finding a good one isn't actually French. There, there, mes amis. France can dry its tears...

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The Sweet Hereafter

Baking pan de muerto at home

(October 30, 2014) When the spirits of the departed return, you don't offer them just anything. Sweet, colorful pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, only shows up on altars and tables...

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Baking Beauties

Lovely things from ugly apples

(October 23, 2014) Cosmetically challenged," read the politically correct sign on a case of apples I saw at a farmers market a few years ago. I applaud the farmer for promoting the blemished...

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Sour Grapes

Plump, purple and pickled in your fridge

(October 16, 2014) Anyone who thinks farm life is simple and idyllic has never tried to preserve without the benefit of gas heat and electric refrigerators. As a kid, I watched my mom...

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Up with the Sunrise

(December 19, 2014) There are some who swear by a greasy breakfast for a hangover. But what if it's already past the dreaded 11:00 a.m. cutoff by the time you roll out? No...

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