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Target to launch flagship Good & Gather brand with more than 2,000 items

The products are made without artificial flavors and sweeteners, synthetic colors and high-fructose corn syrup and carry a money-back guarantee: “Love every bite or your money back.”

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Grilled cheese a favorite sandwich for Midwesterners, poll shows

A recent poll asking participants about how much they like — or dislike — 22 different sandwiches shows that Midwesterners have a clear favorite in the grilled cheese.

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Menu planner: Mango and banana smoothie makes an ideal dessert

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Wow Bao offering free lunch for ‘National Bao Day’

The restaurant is serving free lunch August 22 in celebration of the holiday.

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Mormon church reiterates ban on fancy coffee drinks, vaping, marijuana

The new declaration clears up issues that could be confusing for young people within the religion’s "Word of Wisdom," a set of rules about what foods and drinks are good for members and what substances they should avoid.

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Chicago’s sidewalk space crunch: As cafes gobble up space for pedestrians, more complaints are coming in

‘As more people come and enjoy the neighborhood, it just gets harder,’ says Michele Lee, a West Loop resident and power wheelchair user who often finds she has to thread her way around restaurant tables, chairs jutting into the sidewalk.

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Book explores the meaning of barbecue — the food, the event, the process

‘Smokelore’ views barbecue through the lenses of politics, race, gender, regional variety and other filters.

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Fried Catfish and Marsala Linguinie: Jack Hennessy’s “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy brings a new touch to a summer catch with Fried Catfish and Marsala Linguini in "Braising the Wild."

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Chefs cooking up a fundraiser for Chicago’s ‘Breakfast Queen’

In September, chefs from around Chicago will host a breakfast fundraiser for Ina Pinkney, former owner of Ina’s and a beloved staple in the city’s culinary scene.

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Instant grains — what you need to know

The concern with grains like oats and brown rice isn’t so much that they aren’t nutritious, it’s the quantity consumed.

Cherry and apple pies made at Happy Apple Pie Shop.
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Happy Apple Pie Shop provides dessert, food for thought

Staff at the bakery, at 226 Harrison St. in Oak Park, includes those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Dole baby spinach voluntarily recalled for salmonella risk

No illnesses resulting from the recalled spinach have been issued at this time.

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Menu planner: Warm roasted potato salad adds spice to your meal

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets are back

The chain announced on Twitter last week that the beloved spicy nuggets would be returning a week earlier than expected.

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Chick-fil-A adds Mac & Cheese to restaurants nationwide starting Monday

It’s the chicken chain’s first permanent side addition since 2016.

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Subway to test plant-based meatballs in five markets

Beyond Meat is providing the product for new sandwich.

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Lucky Charms marshmallows to be sold separately in stores

Now you’ll be able to eat your favorite Lucky Charms marshmallows without having to pick them out of the box.

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Grilled Venison and Apple Chutney: Jack Hennessy’s “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy brings Grilled Venison and Apple Chutney to "Braising the Wild"

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White Sox to hold craft beer festival in the ballpark

The lineup includes more than 35 craft brewers.

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Southern-style sustenance no secret at Matteson’s Hidden Manna Cafe

Patrons flock to sample head Chef Victor Jaimes’ from-scratch menu, heavily based on recipes passed down by the co-owner’s New Orleans-raised grandmother.

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Krispy Kreme rolls out Reese’s filled doughnuts

If you’re a big fan of Reese’s candy, you might want to visit a local Krispy Kreme this week.

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‘Uncharted’ culinary territory is life-changing for Gordon Ramsay

Outside his comfort zone, the ‘MasterChef’ learns the methods of other cultures and savors the feeling of vulnerability.

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Menu planner: Vary your routine with very berry trifles

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Krispy Kreme shop to open in Loop

The popular chain announced it will open its only downtown Chicago location in October 2019.

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Catfish tips and dips: Jack Hennessy’s ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy serves up catfish tips with his recipe this week in "Braising the Wild"

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Chipotle, others offering free guac Wednesday for National Avocado Day

If you’re a fan of guacamole, you can score some for free at certain restaurants Wednesday.

Gin cocktails served at Scofflaw include the Fitzgerald (from left), In Burma and Genever Martinez.
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Gin takes on new identity; modern approach grows fanbase

For the last decade, the gin market has seen progressive and accelerated growth around the globe as a modern approach grows its fanbase among drinkers.

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U.S. pushes for clarity on ‘use by,’ ‘sell by’ dates on products

Regulators are again urging food makers to reduce the variety of terms that cause confusion about when food should be thrown out.

Savory Pierogis served at Ewa’s Pierogi in Glenview.
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Ewa’s Pierogi enchants with Eastern European fare

Among other staples, Ewa’s Pierogi carries five flavors of its namesake dish — meat [beef and pork mixture], mushroom, potato and cheese, spinach, mozzarella cheese and sauerkraut.

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Chicago’s Parson’s Chicken & Fish will make September debut in Nashville

The restaurant’s first outpost opened in Logan Square in 2013, followed by Lincoln Park in 2018. The Nashville restaurant will be the company’s first foray outside of Chicago.

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Baby Shark cereal headed to Sam’s Club, Walmart

Multi-colored berry-flavored cereal "Os" are paired with mini marshmallows (no shark-shaped bits in sight).

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Menu planner: Guests will go nuts for creamy chopped chickpea pecan salad

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and sides to try.

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Pineapple Roasted Duck: A reader challenge in Jack Hennessy’s “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy gives a reader challenge this week in "Braising the Wild" with his recipe of Pineapple Roasted Duck.

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Chicago’s Revered Maxwell Street Market to Sell Polish Sausage-Inspired Beer

Marz Community Brewing has created a lager to pair with the encased meat