What a Long Strange Trip: Pie, Celebrating St. Patrick, & Caring for One Another

Today is the day that our family had planned on packing up and driving to Chicago to attend the Inspired Home Show, a housewares show which brings together 130+ countries and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors.  The first inclination that we were not in ordinary times came weeks ago when this enormous trade show announced…

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Covid-19 Update

Covid-19 Shop Update

Given the latest guidelines from the CDC and WHO and our ongoing concern for our families, team, and community we are making the following changes.   We will be closed to the public beginning at 6 pm March 16th until March 31st and transitioning to a carryout, delivery, and shipping business model.  Unfortunately, due to…

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vegetable scraps in a net soup sock

Gettin’ Scrappy With It

guest blog by Ruthie Cohen   When I pass the cartons of vegetable stock in the soup aisle at the supermarket, the zeal of a new convert overwhelms me.  “Why?” I shout silently, “why purchase that bland concoction that bears a closer resemblance to dishwater than it does to vegetables when you have everything you need…

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Jubilee by Toni Tipton-Martin

Welcome to The Table

This week we were blessed to be highlighted by Carolyn VandeWiele, a special contributor to the HT Online.  In Food Faire: ‘Jubilee’ offers African American dishes filled with history, flavor she explores Toni Tipton-Martin’s newest offering, Jubilee: recipes from two centuries of African American Cooking. We recently spotlighted the new cookbook in our blog-style newsletter…

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lemon honey salt

Do It Yourself: Electrolyte Drink

Looking for a way to feel better after too much imbibing, a strenuous workout, or a day working outdoors?  Having a recipe for a DIY electrolyte drink can save you from dehydration and ease the strain on your wallet. Our friend and local nutrition coach, Haley Glusenkamp recently shared the recipe for electrolyte recovery that…

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paczki

Food Traditions: The Polish Donut

Paczki, pronounced poon-ch-key, are deep fried dough in a spherical shape filled with confiture (fancy speak for jam).  And, yes, at first glance, it looks like a jelly donut. Paczki is a Polish pastry commonly eaten on Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday. THE BACKSTORY: Basically, before the traditional fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter, what…

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spring Paris

The Beauty that Remains

Wrapping ourselves in the comfort of home is the perfect opportunity to cook, bake, and ground in our surroundings.

bread and jam

An Encounter with the American Persimmon

Story and Photography by Francisca Figueroa The first time I ever tasted a persimmon, I’ll admit that I picked it up off the sidewalk. My mother always warned me against eating strange wild berries, let alone food off the ground, but these fruits, roughly the size of silver dollars and luminously orange simply beckoned to…

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vanilla honey

Current Obsession: Vanilla Honey

We asked Salem what her current food obsession is and she answered pretty quickly: “Vanilla honey,” Salem replied. “A customer turned me on to this item recently and it’s fantastic. Adding a teaspoon of vanilla to baked goods such as chocolate chip cookies or cakes?enhances the flavors and sweetness. Adding it to a cup of…

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Fall’s Invitation to Gather

Fall is beginning to weave itself in between the often-oppressive late summer heat waves.  As I sit to write, I can feel the cool breeze on my face from an open window and remember that not more than a week ago, the heat was intolerable.  Autumn inserts itself into our late midwestern summers just as…

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