Northwest Herald: Chef Debi

Spring mix salad with persimmons a beautiful start to a holiday meal

I love salad before dinner, and this is a great salad to impress holiday guests. I made this salad for a client’s holiday dinner party last week, and guests enjoyed the salad and were impressed by the introduction of the persimmons. There are two common types of persimmons. Fuyu persimmons are distinguished by their “flat” […]

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Only a stewing hen will do for Chicken Stew

With cooler temperatures in the air, it’s time to make soups and stews. I was at the Woodstock Farmers Market last week and loaded up on fresh, organic vegetables. I bought a stewing hen from Kalck’s Butcher Shop in Crystal Lake. My grandma knew how to make chicken and dumplings, or chicken stew, taste scrumptious, […]

Fall favorite chili gets a healthy makeover

I love chili, and with the beautiful fall weather surrounding us, it’s a perfect time for it. This chili recipe uses three types of beans, which are full of nutrition. Beans have protein, antioxidants and fiber, plus are low in fat. Black beans are rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants – the same antioxidants found in grapes […]

Meatloaf goes Italian for healthy, kid-friendly meal

If you are tired of the same old meatloaf recipe or are looking for a kid-friendly meatloaf, this is the answer. It is a simple and easy recipe with flavors kids love, but tastes special enough to serve to company. You can use regular bread crumbs if you do not want it gluten-free, but you […]