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Janet Lagerloef

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Janet Lagerloef

Of Cookies and Grandchildren

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove Jerry and I host a Christmas party each year for family, neighbors, and friends. My Christmas cookies quickly disappear—maybe because they are full of real butter. But I think the main reason is that I ask my three granddaughters to serve them during the party. It… Keep Reading

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Prime rib, popovers go together like Santa, Mrs. Claus

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove Last Thanksgiving, I wrote my first cooking column for The Elburn Herald. I shared my recipe for making fabulous mashed potatoes and decided to feature it again this year, along with more holiday dishes I cherish. Most of them are family recipes I’ve been making for… Keep Reading

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To brine is divine

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets Sugar Grove My catering company has been asked to prepare the feast for Kaneland High School’s Madrigal performances in December, which will total about 700 meals over three evenings. Jane, the owner of Food For Thought in Kaneville, met this challenge for a number of years, but since… Keep Reading

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Grazie, Chef Roberto

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets Sugar Grove As I write this, my husband Jerry and I are staying with three other couples in the quaint village of Barbarano in northern Italy. The farmers harvest grapes here like we harvest corn and beans in the U.S. Olive groves stretch for miles, and believe it… Keep Reading

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Jerry’s fleet of grills

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets Sugar Grove During his senior year at the University of Illinois—and shortly before we met—my husband Jerry moved into a tiny top-floor apartment in Urbana, Ill. He soon realized he had nowhere to set up his Smokey Joe Weber grill, which for him was an emergency. But he… Keep Reading

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A Sour Cream twist to German potato salad

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove This month, I’m sharing The Catering Gourmets’ recipe for a special German potato salad we’ve served all summer long. Since this is a coveted recipe in my husband’s family, I thought I best get their permission before this article went to press. So, I did. Well,… Keep Reading

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Margo can make a lovely pot roast

And I can (almost) play ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove For 50 years, I’ve wanted to learn to play the piano. And last fall I vowed I wasn’t going to let another year go by. So I told my husband I wanted a keyboard for Christmas. It… Keep Reading

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Brown eggs revisited

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove I was going to share my secrets for a scrumptious pot roast in this month’s column, but minutes after “Of Roosters and cream puffs” came out last month, my dad and an old friend of mine called to remind me of two old brown-eggs stories they… Keep Reading

Soup’s on

For years it was our goal to feature a food-oriented column in the Elburn Herald, and we spent many company meetings kicking around ideas such as a dining review, weekly cooking recipes and even a Q&A with a local chef. None of the above suggestions panned out, obviously. It’s a conflict of interest for us… Keep Reading

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From meat rocks to a glorious chicken pot pie

by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove The first dinner I made my husband Jerry was meatballs. “A no-brainer. Who needs a cookbook?” I laughed to myself as I packed super-lean burger into big, tight balls and fried ’em in a flaming hot skillet … for a really long time. By the time… Keep Reading

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Column: Family recipes are the best during Christmas time

Photo: Lexi Lagerloef of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and Ansley Ruh of Elburn, love their great-great-grandmother Mina’s sugar cookies. by Janet Lagerloef Owner, The Catering Gourmets, Sugar Grove Born in l880, and raised in Aurora, Margaret “Mina” Lord was my husband’s great grandmother, and a bit Calamity Jane. She could blow anything away—skeet, clay pigeons, bullseyes.… Keep Reading

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