Denise Murray, now a 15-year resident of Forest Park. (Lived on the North shore of Chicago for 3 years prior, and a Southwestern before that) comes to us with over 33 years working in Food Service. Formerly, one of the Chef's at "The 95th" atop the John Hancock in downtown Chicago, she worked throughout the United States at several 5 star resorts as a chef in fine dining, casual cuisine and international cuisines. All the while in her career, she's enjoyed teaching cooks of all levels, competed both nationally and internationally, and now enjoys working independently with all who have an interest in Food Arts. Denise has served as Coordinator of Live Healthy Forest Park, an Advisor for various Community Colleges, Personal Chef, and Private Caterer, Consultant coach with The Pampered Chef, food writer and now as an adjunct teacher at Triton College
It's school time again! The decision over healthy meals vs. convenience foods can be a struggle with busy schedules. As the school year picks up, you might find yourself questioning if you need to hit the cookbooks for some nutrition upgrades.
Delicious and versatile picnic recipes provide a welcome reprieve from traditional summer fare. Try a fresh jicama salsa or a hearty barley salad with parsley and walnuts. For dessert, indulge in peanut butter pound cake s'mores.
Summertime grilling is here. You can tell from the smoke drifting over from the neighbor's house and the fact that almost any invitation to eat out will now include the word barbecue. Grilling is a quick dry-heat method over charcoal, wood or gas flames. We want to help you become a safe, healthy and delicious grill master, so equip yourself with good tools and the tips that follow.
Salads fit the bill on those nights when it's hot outside and you just feel like something light and cool for dinner. Plus, summer is the official season for barbecues, block parties, and picnics, for which, nine times out of 10, we're asked to "bring a salad." Healthful salad or high-calorie, high-fat salad -- it's all about the ingredients you choose. You can cut way back on calories and fat grams just by making some simple substitutions.