( Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune )
Panini press earns its spot in the kitchen of the gadget and appliance averse.
Abby Fisher: Author of early African American cookbook shared her recipes for Southern cooking in late 1800s.
Wood planks and banana leaves protect fish from flames, while adding flavor.
Carbonara variation: using what is on hand to adapt the dish. Yes, pork sausage works well in a pinch.