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    Lunchbreak: Pan seared salmon with roasted beets, rainbow chard and simple sumac yogurt sauce, prepared by Harvest chef Frank Sanchez

    Chef Frank Sanchez Harvest 540 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago (312) 836-6334 www.marriott.com/ Pan Seared Salmon, Roasted Beets, Rainbow Chard and Simple Sumac Yogurt Sauce Ingredients: 7 oz salmon filet 4 oz beets, roasted and cut into wedges, 3 oz swiss chard, julienned with ribs, sautéed in butter and white wine (2 oz white wine and 1 Tablespoon of butter) pinch of fine herbs 2 oz sumac yogurt (see recipe below) Directions: Toss beets in oil and season. Roast until tender. […]

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    Adopt A Pet: PAWS Chicago

    Sarah McDonald and Julia Poukatch Event: PAWS Chicago’s Holiday Adopt-A-Thon December 9 and 10 PAWS Chicago Pippen Fasseas Adoption Center 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue Chicago For more information: www.pawschicago.org

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    Midday Fix: Preview of December 3-4 Gift Chicago event

    Gift Chicago December 3-4 For more information and a complete list of participants: www.giftchicago.com/ Today’s Suggestions: For The Hands-On Creative: Lill Street – creative arts for kids – offering painting, glassblowing, ceramics classes Everlasting Fire Studio – offering lampwork glass classes Chicago Printmakers Collaborative – offering printmaking classes Knit One – offering knitting classes Bari Zaki – offering bookbinding classes Tytin Jewelry – offering jewelry making classes For the Book Lover: Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply They are a nonprofit […]

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    Lunchbreak: Crab cakes and remoulade sauce, prepared by 210 Restaurant chef Jeff Tomchek

    Chef Jeff Tomchek 210 Restaurant and Live Music Lounge 210 Green Bay Road Highwood (847) 433-0304 www.210restaurant.com Crab Cakes and Remoulade Sauce Maryland Crab Cake Ingredients: 2 pounds claw crabmeat 2 Tbs Colman’s mustard powder 1 1/2 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning 3 eggs 1 cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, chiffonade 1 cup panko 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat 6 Tbs butter remoulade sauce for garnish Directions: Combine first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl and let sit […]

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    Midday Fix: DIY ornaments from Lisa Komorowski and details about Holiday Lights in Homewood

    Lisa Komorowski Loulou Belle 2049 Ridge Rd. Homewood (708) 673-9040 louloubelle.net/ Event: Holiday Lights in Homewood Friday, December 2 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Homewood For more information: www.village.homewood.il.us/ Woodland Upcycled Ornaments Supplies: Tin for base Snow – we use the kind you buy in a bag from the craft store Pretty paper (for the background) Trees and animals, use vintage ones if you have them or pick up at a craft store Hot glue – If you don’t have […]

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    Lunchbreak: Gingerbread sipping chocolate, prepared by Mariano’s chef Jimmy MacMillan and details about the World of Chocolate event

    Executive Pastry Chef Jimmy MacMillan Mariano’s www.marianos.com/ Event: AIDS Foundation of Chicago World of Chocolate Thursday, December 1 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Revel Fulton Market 1215 W. Fulton Market Chicago For tickets: events.aidschicago.org/ Mariano’s Gingerbread Sipping Chocolate Makes enough for approximately four 8 oz portions Ingredients: 24 oz milk, whole or Almond Milk 1 pound milk chocolate chips 1 Tbs Madagascar vanilla extract 1 Tbs Gingerbread Spice Directions: In medium sized sauce pan, heat milk, vanilla extract and spices […]

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    Midday Fix: Colin James performs live

    Colin James To purchase a copy of the cd: Blue Highways Click the link below to view the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train schedule for Illinois: www.cpr.ca/

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    Midday Fix: High tech holiday gift ideas from Consumer Technology Association’s Jim Barry

    Jim Barry Consumer Technology Association www.cta.tech The items mentioned today: Go Simple Home Smart Wifi Controlled Wall Outlet Easily turn off any appliance that has been accidentally left powered on via the Simple Home App using your existing Wi-Fi network (NO HUB NEEDED). Power your devices from anywhere in the world. Access and control your entire home with multiple smart Wi-Fi wall outlets. Mota “Jet Jat Ultra” drone Tiny drone (the size of the palm of your hand) that you […]

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    Lunchbreak: Fig and goat cheese truffles and amaretto sour martinis, prepared by Marc Sievers

    Marc Sievers To purchase a copy of the book: www.marcsievers.com/ Fig & Goat Cheese Truffles Yield – makes 10 truffles Ingredients: 5 oz goat cheese, at room temperature 2 Tbs fig preserves 1/4 tsp fleur de sel 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper 1/2 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped Directions: In a small bowl, add the goat cheese, preserves, salt, and pepper.  Mix until well combined.  Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a 10-inch sauté […]

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    Midday Fix: Hoffman Estates High School Madrigal Singers perform live

    Hoffman Estates High School Madrigal Singers Event: Madrigal Dinner December 9 – 8:00 p.m. December 10 – 6:00 p.m. For more information and tickets: hhs.d211.org/ hehsmadrigals.ticketleap.com/2016