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  • Midday Fix: Kessel Run steak hash

    Chef Frank Georgacopoulos Southern Belles Pancake House www.southernbellespancakes.com/ “Kessel Run” Steak Hash For a spicier dish, add additional seeded and minced chili peppers. Use kitchen gloves to protect your hands while mincing and seeding the chilies, as they contain oils that may irritate your skin. Ingredients: 3 Tbs unsalted butter 1 large red potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1/4 cup water 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1 small tomato diced 1 […]

  • Adopt A Pet: Magnificent Mutts and Meows Rescue

    Michelle Cohen, Tracy Gzamouranis and Mike Dapper Magnificent Mutts and Meows Rescue www.magnificentmutts.org Event: December 16 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Adoptions Elmhurst Animal Care Center 850 S. Riverside Drive Elmhurst (630) 530-1900 elmhurstanimalcarecenter.com

  • Lunchbreak: Maple cranberry quinoa stuffed squash

    Sarah Beth Tanner Urban Accents www.urbanaccents.com I Heart Keenwah www.iheartkeenwah.com Maple Cranberry Quinoa Stuffed Squash Ingredients: 2 whole butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed 2 Tbs olive oil 3-1/2 Tbs Urban Accents Vermont Maple Grill DryGlaze 1 stick celery, diced 1 onion, diced 4 cups white mushrooms, diced 2 granny smith apples cored, peeled, and diced 1 cup dried cranberries, rehydrated in water and drained 1 1/2 cups I Heart Keenwah Toasted White Quinoa, cooked sea salt and black pepper […]

  • Lunchbreak: Holiday recipes from The Cooking Mom

    Amy Hanten The Cooking Mom www.thecookingmom.com Click the links below for today’s recipes: Cranberry Meatballs Baked Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches Dill Dip Death by Chocolate Cake  

  • Midday Fix: Holiday cocktails

    David McDermott Copper Still Martini Bar and Lounge 1961 Ridge Road Homewood (708) 960-0190 www.copperstillhomewood.com/ Events: December 16 Miracle on Martin For more information: www.homesweethomewood.com December 16 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Prohibition Party Copper Still Martini Bar and Lounge For tickets: www.eventbrite.com/ Snow Cosmo Ingredients: 2 oz CD Lemon Vodka 1 oz white cranberry juice 1/2 oz triple sec splash of Lime Juice sugar coated cranberry garnish Directions: Put ice in the shaker. Measure out ingredients and add to […]

  • Midday Fix: Holiday caregiving tips

    Advice for caregivers on making sure your older relatives and loved ones are not experiencing holiday stress and burnout. Amy Goyer,  AARP www.aarp.org Simplify your holiday activities and focus on what is most meaningful Warning Signs: Piled up mail; unpaid or overpaid bills Lack of housekeeping and home repairs Change in personal appearance Difficulties with driving and maintaining the car

  • Lunchbreak: Sufganiyot

    Patti Raskin Manny’s Deli 1141 S. Jefferson Street Chicago (312) 939-2855 www.mannysdeli.com Sufganiyot 1 level Tbs dry active yeast 1/2cup warm water 2 1/4 cups milk at room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1/2 cup shortening 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Oil for frying (must be 2” deep in pan) Directions: Combine sugar and shortening in large bowl stand mixer with dough hook. In a separate bowl add milk, eggs, yeast and warm water, mix […]

  • Midday Fix: Gifts from the kitchen

    Kristen Brogan, Registered Dietitian kristenjohnsonbrogan.com/ On Target Living ontargetliving.com/ To purchase a copy of the book: Target To Table: Healthy & Delicious Meals One Superfood At A Time Traverse City Cherry Granola Serves 8-10 Ingredients: 3 cups rolled oats 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 1 cup of chopped pecans 1/2 cup of dried tart cherries 1/8 cup of flaxseeds pinch of sea salt 1 teaspoon of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice (for holidays) 1/2 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 cup […]

  • Midday Fix: Author Joy Loverde

    The challenges and solutions to problems people of all ages may face as they grow older from author Joy Loverde. www.elderindustry.com/ To purchase a copy of the book: Who Will Take Care of Me When I’m Old?: Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age

  • Lunchbreak: Christmas Eve salad & chocolate and caramel Modelo floats from Rick Bayless

    Rick Bayless http://www.rickbayless.com/ www.ModeloUSA.com Christmas Eve Salad Ingredients: 4 large beets, peeled 3 seedless oranges 5 Tbs fresh lime juice 2 1/2 Tbs fresh orange juice 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup olive oil 1 medium (about 1 pound) jicama 10 romaine lettuce leaves, cut crosswise into thin slices 1/2 cup roasted, salted peanuts Directions: Boil beets; cover the pot and cook until a knife inserted in the beet comes our easily, about 30 minutes. Drain. Cool under […]