Q: Chef John, the holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. It is sad to me that there are so many great dishes that we only serve during the holidays. What is the one dish you miss all year and look forward to when the holidays come around?
Q: Chef, I saw your wonderful gingerbread house at River City, and enjoyed breakfast with my family a few days ago. Would you share the recipe for the gingerbread cookie stars you served? I would like to make some for Christmas this year.
A St. Louis holiday tradition is making its 'entrée' onto The Touhill stage this month: Saint Louis Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is set for 10 performances, from Dec. 18 to 23.
Chef John Johnson puts the finishing touches on a life-sized gingerbread house.
Q: Chef, I love scallops. I always order them when I'm out at restaurants. I'd like to prepare them at home. Do you have a recipe that I can try?
Whether it's Friday night lights or Sunday football games, tailgating at home or at the Dome, the selection of culinary delights is as numerous as the sporting events on ESPN. But hands down, my favorite snack to snap into are spicy wings.
Katherine Marie Bear and Adam Joseph Brown
A teaspoon of butter is more than 51 calories, while a teaspoon of beurre blanc sauce is just approximately 33 calories. This beurre blanc sauce not only adds flavor to any dish, but also gives it a light and delicate texture.
Recent Clayton High School graduate Caroline Avery has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest national award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn, for her Driving Green campaign.
Chef John Johnson holds court at last year's Baconfest
Q: Chef, I love Crab Rangoon and would love to make some, but I’m afraid they won’t turn out as good as the ones at the restaurant. I am not even sure what type of dough I need to use. Can you give me an easy recipe I can try it at home?
Q: I'm looking for something to make this Mother's Day. My family will be celebrating with steaks, and I want to make something. Do you have any suggestions? A: What better way to elevate steaks than lobster?
Q: Chef, I am a newcomer to St. Louis. With the hope of warmer weather coming, I am getting ready to pull my grill out of the garage and fire it up. I want to invite my neighbors over and get to know them. Do you have any great recipes that will be good for our first grill of the season?
This waffle may be a little over-the-top, but I guarantee that you will be the talk of all brunches to come. At Lewy Nine’s, we have taken the waffle to another level with bacon and a topping of fresh bananas and Nutella.
Q: I love miso soup and can’t seem to get enough of that unique and slightly salty flavor. What is miso, anyway, and what else can it be used for?
Chocolate has been a favorite gift for lovers for a long time—all the way back to the days of the Aztec empire of Central America. I have a recipe for a chocolate caramel cake that truly represents the love that goes into its creation. Like water is to the body, chocolate is for the soul. It helps relieve the stress of life. Always remember: Turning ‘stressed’ around gives you ‘desserts.’
Q: Chef, with playoff season almost here, I am looking for a great tailgate item that will top all the other tailgaters around me. Burger and brats, ribs and BBQ are fine, but I am looking for something a little uncommon. I heard about your Gator Ribs for the Florida and Mizzou game last year and just had to come up and try them. Touchdown! What’s in your bag for this season?
The holidays came early this year when readers submitted their homemade sweets for LN’s Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest. Four Seasons pastry chef Mary Boehne, LN Cooks’ chef John Johnson and Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell helped judge the tight, but oh-so-delicious race, and Ladue Florist decked the festive holiday table.
Closing my eyes, I see my dad carving the turkey with his first electric knife and sweet potatoes cooking on the stove. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year that gives us all the opportunity to travel through time. So here, I share with you my favorite pie.
Nestled in the most coveted local neighborhoods, these stunning manses boast historical charm with modern luxuries. Fall in love with the property that could become your dream home.
Eleven Eleven Mississippi is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, and during the first 11 days of November, the restaurant has a variety of activities and giveaways planned, including $10 weekday lunch specials. Also, couples celebrating their 10-year anniversaries will receive a $10 gift certificate, special prizes will be handed out randomly during service, and guests in the restaurant at 11:11 a.m. or 11:11 p.m. will receive a free gooey butter dessert. Owners PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON have chosen Operation Food Search, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and the local Alzheimer's Association to receive a portion of the proceeds from the celebration.
The Saint Louis Zoo has plenty to be excited about, including the $15-million polar bear habitat, which is set to open in 2015. Construction on the 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point began last month. When completed, it will more than double the space of the zoo’s old polar bear habitat, and house an adult male and female bear, as well as a couple of cubs. Among the features of the new space is a seamless transition from sea to coastline to land, allowing the bears to swim, dive, rock-climb and dig in the sand. There also will be a 22-foot visitor viewing window and an Arctic cave room for viewing the bears as they swim in a 13-foot-deep pool. The habitat also includes a state-of-the-art life support system that recirculates and treats exhibit water, saving the zoo some 2.3 million gallons of water each year.
Q: Chef, I love breakfast! I’m wondering if you have a great pancake recipe that I could use for a family event coming up. I really want to wow them and show them something special.
The kids have returned to school and the weather has started to turn cooler. But that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at home. What better time of year for a drive through the Missouri countryside?