In Our Summer 2017 Issue

By Becky Liscum | Last Updated June 15, 2017
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One of my favorite summer childhood memories is the experience of cranking out homemade ice cream on the back stoop of my grandparents’ house in the small town where they moved after leaving the farm life. The recipe, scribbled on a tattered notecard, blended cream (which was delivered not more than a day ahead of time) and fresh eggs and was cooked on the old gas stove.

Then came the cranking and churning, the sound of block Ice getting whacked by the side of an ax before being added to the bucket-it was finally time for the ritual of making homemade ice cream. All the cousins took turns churning the handle until our arms grew weary and our patience was at the brink. Why, we wondered out loud, did it take 50 long to freeze ice cream?

Finally, one by one, bowls were filled with the rich, creamy, cold treat, as we anxiously jostled for the right to be first in line. Did it go to the child who cranked the longest? The youngest of the bunch? Or the one with the biggest elbows who forced their way to the front?

Vanilla. Occasionally, with fresh strawberries. No one dared or even cared to ask why it couldn’t be chocolate ice cream. There was only one way to make this family recipe.

Fortunately, palates and minds have been opened beyond the small world of the delightful Southwestern Wisconsin town where I spent many weeks of my summers. In this Issue of Edible Chicago, we bring you refreshing ways to keep cool, Including Chicago pastry Chef Dana Cree’s recipe for Garden Mint Ice Cream.

If your active summer schedule is draining you of your electrolytes, we tum to the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs clubhouse for a way to keep cool in the heat with another frozen treat. This issue is also jam-packed with Ideas about superfoods you can find at your local market or farm stand.

If an escape from the city is on your calendar, check out tips in our Edible Travel piece about “glamping,” with style.

Whatever your summer traditions revolving around fresh, local food may be, we wish you fun, community and a dose of old fashioned tradition.

In the meantime, read on …

Garden Mint Ice Cream

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Cool Mint for Summer Heat: Fresh Ice Cream   Mint ice cream is rarely eaten without chips of chocolate and a squeeze of green food dye. It’s really too bad, because the flavor of fresh mint...

5 Tips for Successful Composting

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Composting is a fantastic way to build and maintain healthy, productive soils in your garden. When done correctly, the process of producing your own compost is highly rewarding and fun. Below are a...

Supporting Your Family Farmer - A Focus on Farmers Markets

Family farmers need your support more than ever, and summertime is the perfect opportunity to buy seasonal, local produce and meat at your neighborhood farmers market.

Midwestern Superfoods

Alia Dalal
The term “superfoods” colloquially refers to foods that are particularly health-promoting or have high nutrient or antioxidant properties.

Cauliflower, Kale and Chickpea Saute

cauliflower, kale and chickpea saute
This Cauliflower, Kale, and Chickpea Sauté is a one-pan dinner that I find myself making over and over again in the summer. It’s flavorful and fast and has two different cancer-fighting cruciferous...

Raspberry Rose Chia Jam

raspberry rose chia jam
Chia jam is a great way to incorporate omega 3-packed chia seeds into your daily diet. Spread on toast or serve warm on top of oatmeal or pancakes. I love using frozen berries for chia jam since it’...

Fresh Market Finds with Rose Duong

Rose Duong
Chef Rose Duong immigrated to the United States from Vietnam as a child in 1975, after the fall of Saigon. When she and her family settled...

Skillet S'Mores Dip

skillet smores dip
Campfire Cuisine   Old Favorite With a New Twist   What’s camping without a campfire and the traditional treat of fire-roasted marshmallows, melted chocolate and crunchy graham...

Watermelon Electrolyte Pops, A Way to Keep the Chicago Cubs Cool

watermelon electrolyte pops
We like it when our hometown baseball teams are hot in the standings—but not in the dugout. How do the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs keep cool during the sweltering heat of summer? We caught up...

Southern Summer Meals with Recipes from the Add a Pinch Cookbook

add a pinch cookbook
Easier, Faster, Fresher Southern Classics   I like to write my recipes as if I’m sharing them with my sister or best friend, similar...

Go Glamping and Make it Gourmet

going camping
Want to get away from the noise and city bustle this summer or plan for early fall? Love the sights and sounds of the great outdoors, but can’t live without a comfy bed? Relax-your glamping aka “...

Choosing a Campsite for your Glamping Adventure

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So you've decided to go camping (or glamping), here's our picks for state park campsites within a 2.5-hour drive from Chicago.

Edible Ink: Watermelon, The Official Fruit of Summer

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Learn fun facts about Watermelon: the official fruit of summer.

Tomatoes: A Rainbow of Variety

tomato varieties
Rich with flavor and sweetness, tomatoes can contribute to a dazzling assortment of recipe options— from sandwiches or salads to frittatas, pastas and juices.

A Tale of Two Tiki Bars: Lost Lake and Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago

Paul McGee, Beverage Director at Lost Lake Tiki
Both with completely different vibes, Chicago is home to two tiki bars, Lost Lake and a Three Dots and a Dash.
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