July 27, 2014

10 Essential Tips For Choosing and Storing Perfect Blueberries in Bulk-Buying Season

I admit it. I’m a blueberry fanatic. In fact, around this time of year, I become so obsessed by blueberries that I often find myself wanting to include them in every meal of the day. But if you’re like me, a busy schedule means that you can’t stop by local grocers or farm stands daily for your summer-time blueberries fix. That means you need to buy your blueberries – whether wild or cultivated – on the weekends in quantity and then make sure that your precious berry cache lasts through the week.

Luckily, buying blueberries in bulk has a number of attractive benefits. Not only are berries in bulk generally less expensive, but a bigger buy also allows one to justify a special, once-a-week trip to purchase the blueberries directly from the local farmers who picked them. Sourcing my berries locally means I can ensure that I’m getting the absolute freshest produce, while also supporting family farms and gleaning valuable insights into how the berries were grown, picked and packaged. Read the rest of this entry »

April 10, 2009

Food In The News: Top Chef Masters, Black Rice Sushi, and Restaurant Recovery Rumors

Top Chef Masters – This June, Bravo will premiere a spinoff its popular show Top Chef with famous chef contestants including Chicago’s own Rick Bayless! Think of it as Celebrity Apprentice!

Restaurant Recovery? – A survey indicates restaurants might be seeing more business come in in the coming months.

Black is the new Brown - For extra nutrition, sushi chefs have started using brown rice  in place of its less nutritious white rice counterpart. Now, in Tokyo, black rice sushi trumps the health benefits of brown rice sushi.

Smelt of the Season – A certain fish called smelt only appears when the ice has melted, indicating the sure sign of spring.

A Menu Full of Farms - With the local food movement on the rise, more restaurants are crediting the farm where they purchased their local produce.

October 6, 2008

On Green City Market

It’s clear that both Maxine and I love farmer’s markets. There’s something about that fresh hand-picked produce that has been locally grown, and these days buying local is more important than ever. That’s why it’s somewhat ironic that we have written about Madison’s Farmer’s MarketSeattle’s Pike Place Market and even Montreal’s Atwater Market, but we have yet to write about our own very famous market right here in Chicago: the Green City Market. And since Alice Waters named it one of the top 10 markets in the U.S., it’s about time we did.

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