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Judith

Judith
Judith Dunbar Hines has been a culinary instructor for many years, always emphasizing that cooking should be fun, not a chore. She has also been a caterer, newspaper columnist, event manager and Chicago tour guide. Her "happy place" is defined by time spent in the kitchen and around a dining table; she looks forward to both in the months to come.

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Sweet and Sour Mustard Meatballs

    Fall is my favorite season, as it is for many. Cooler air and beautiful colors in the trees are most welcome, in spite of knowing there will be Midwestern blizzards to come all too soon. A change ...

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Easiest Answer to Side Dish Emergency

People who like to cook always have a kitchen stocked with the basics and can confidently embark on a recipe knowing there is a supply of things like onions, garlic, flour, butter, cinnamon, all of ...

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Old Italian's Braciole

  For many years, I cooked numerous dinners for a dear friend I fondly called The Old Italian. His cooking prowess was limited to pour-over coffee - lots and lots of coffee all day long – and to the ...

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Skip Banana Bread and Make Banana Cheesecake

  When my counter fruit bowl overflows with bananas, as it often does, my taste buds urge me to make a banana pudding. Or a banana pie. Or, best of all, a combination of the two - a banana pudding ...

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Vegan Pumpkin Tamales with Black Bean "Mole"

    We’ve all been through major life changes. Whether voluntary or mandated, lifestyle or dietary, you know that when you make changes, things, well, change! If you have recently moved to a vegan ...

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Happy Birthday Julia!

    Just after finishing my culinary school training, I attended a food professionals’ conference in New York. At one of the lectures, the seat next to mine remained empty until a very tall woman ...

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When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Frozen Lemon Mousse

  It’s been a pretty tough year. We went from winter to hot summer with barely a notice of spring in Chicagoland, all the while sheltering in place. But to use a very worn saying, “When life gives ...

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Tomato Tart with Cornmeal Crust

  It seems like everyone has an opinion these days, and they will defend their viewpoint loudly and emphatically. But there may be one thing we can all agree on  -  there is nothing more welcome than ...

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Smashed or Mashed: Two Easy Ways to Make Potatoes More Interesting

  Listening to Raghavan Iyer talk recently about his new book covering all things potatoes (Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked - And Fried Too! Workman Publishing, New York, 2016) got me thinking ...

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Mushrooms and Polenta

  One of the things I love most about farmers markets is discovering that something unexpected is in season. I always buy whatever it is, whether it was on my shopping list or not, and rush home to ...

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