On entering the kitchen of Ragdale House in Lake Forest, Illinois, you might have the peculiar sensation of traveling through time. With its cheery buttercup-yellow walls and peacock-blue painted farmhouse furniture, vintage stove, and generous porcelain sink, this homey kitchen might first appear to belong to a family from the early part of the last century.
Step in a little further, though, and you'll notice the drawers and cupboards have all been clearly labeled in bold black type: "Coffee Carafes & Tupperware," "Foil & Plastic Wrap," "Cereal & Snacks." You'll see a dishwasher, microwave oven, plates and mugs from Crate & Barrel and Target, as well as a very 21st-Century assortment of convenience foods.
We love looking through old cookbooks from time to time. It's fascinating to see how ingredients and recipes have changed over the years. Chicago's Newberry Library has amassed a collection of culinary titles that reaches back as far as the 1400s, and on Saturday, Exhibits Manager Riva Feshbach will offer a guided tour of some of these treasured books.
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For those nights of home cooking when all you can manage is heating something up, Chicago's First Slice "To Your Table" program offers a great alternative to frozen dinners. Any guilt you feel about eating a prepared meal will melt away when you think of the fresh ingredients – including produce sourced from local farmers – and, best of all, the bigger goal you're supporting by participating in the program: feeding the hungry, homeless and disenfranchised.
"Uh, I'm not very hungry. Just gimme a double Polar Burger wit' everything and a cherry soda wit' chocolate ice cream." That's Danny Zuko (John Travolta), making his diner food order in the original high school musical: "Grease."
The 1978 classic will close out this season of the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival tomorrow, so bring your Danny Zuko-sized appetites and a spread of retro favorites.
The Outdoor Film Festival returns this week with 1957's "An Affair to Remember," starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. For this week's menu, we're sailing through the French Riviera along with the characters.
The Chicago Outdoor Film Festival is back tonight with a screening of "Touch of Evil," starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles and Janet Leigh. Whether you're packing a meal to eat under the stars or settling in with a DVD at home, this 1958 classic calls for a taste escape to the Mexican-U.S. border.