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Cubs' fund raising cookbook hits it outta the park
By Deborah Pankey | Daily Herald Food Editor
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Published: 8/4/2010 12:00 AM | Updated: 8/4/2010 12:10 AM

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Get recipes for former Cubs infielder Ryan Theriot's jambalaya and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg's chicken tacos and find out which pitcher goes gaga for Oreos in "Chicago Cubs Cookbook: All-Star Recipes From Your Favorite Players."

The book, which benefits the Ryan and Jenny Dempster Foundation with its efforts to support children with DiGeorge Syndrome and other genetic disorders, features dozens of recipes from current and former Cubs players, coaches and broadcasters. Recipes from Levy Restaurants at Wrigley Field as well as yummy tidbits about the players are included in the serial-bound pages.

The book costs $16.95 and is available at bookstores and area grocery stores. Some bookstores sold out of the book during its first week on the shelves, so you might have to call to check availability, or order online at

Going a little nuts: Are you peanut or cashew? Are you a dramatic extrovert or a moral perfectionist?

Head to to find your nut personality.

This lighthearted quiz from Elgin-based Fisher Nuts draws from research conducted at the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

The original study, commissioned by Fisher Nuts, asked more than 1,000 men and women to select their favorite nut and complete a battery of personality tests. Once the results were correlated, the study found that everyone fell into one of five distinct personality types.

Answering a breezy 10-question quiz can determine if you're a salted peanut (easily bored and sensitive to criticism) or a pecan (devoted, tenacious, a team player). Me, I'm a dependable, levelheaded cashew.

After you've taken the quiz, check out the rest of the page for cool recipe ideas, like Ice Cream Sundae Pie.

Getting a little sneaky: It's not always easy to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables, but as parents we have a duty to ensure our kids are getting the nutrients they need. For those who need help on the healthy eating front, there's "Deceptively Delicious," and now you can get this best-selling book by Jessica Seinfeld for just $5.

"Deceptively Delicious" offers a slew of recipes for sneaking good-for-you foods into our children's favorite foods so we no longer have to shovel peas into their mouths and hold their noses until they swallow. Instead, sneak cauliflower into macaroni and cheese or blend broccoli into chicken nuggets. They'll be none the wiser.

Through the end of September a special edition of the book is available at Kohl's department store with 100 percent of the net profits going toward children's health and education initiatives in the community. Through the years Kohl's Cares has raised more than $150 million.

Chill out: Ice coffee doesn't sound hard to make, but it's not as easy as you think, explains java guru Bill McClure of

"There's more to making iced coffee than taking coffee and ice and mixing them together," the CEO explains. "Pouring a cup of hot coffee over some ice will just result in a watered-down, flavorless mixture that isn't too cold or tasty."

To make great iced coffee at home McClure has these suggestions:

• Start with strong coffee since the mix will be diluted by ice. If you want your drink sweetened, add sugar while the coffee is still hot. Then stir it.

• Chill the drink, preferably overnight. When you're ready to serve the drink, pour it over lots of ice. Mix in milk, cream, or any syrup you prefer. Then let it sit for a few minutes, allowing the ice to cool the drink even more. Give it one last stir and you're ready to enjoy the perfect glass of iced coffee.

• Or, freeze coffee into cubes and use that for ice to avoid any diluting.

• Contact Food Editor Deborah Pankey at (847) 427-4524 or Listen to her discuss food and restaurant trends on Restaurant Radio, 5 to 6 p.m. Saturdays on WIND 560 AM.