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  • Midday Fix: Chip Ratliff and the DirtyBlueCrue

    Chip Ratliff and the DirtyBluCrue www.chipratliff.net Event: Saturday, August 26 7:00 p.m. Shorefront Legacy Center 2214 Ridge Avenue Evanston www.shorefrontlegacy.org

  • Lunchbreak: Roasted pepper and goat cheese tamales with red pepper crema

    Jeni Wahl, Owner Dia De Los Tamales 939 W. 18th Street Chicago (312) 496-3057 diadelostamales.com/ Event: Tacos y Tamales Festival August 18-20 16th and Peoria Chicago www.chicagotacofest.com Roasted Pepper & Goat Cheese Tamales with Red Pepper Crema Filling Ingredients: 2.5 red bell peppers, chopped 2.5 green bell peppers, chopped 2.5 yellow bell peppers, chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 2 Tbs minced garlic 1 Tbs vegetable oil salt and pepper 12 oz cream cheese 12 oz goat cheese Directions: Roast chopped […]

  • Midday Fix: Tony Fulmer’s hydrangea tips

    Tony Fulmer, Chief Horticulture Officer Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center 3132 Lake Avenue Wilmette Chicago www.chaletnursery.com Hydrangeas 101 Hydrangeas are popular right now for many reasons – big flowers that last for months, variety of flower colors, sizes and shapes and the fact that these shrubs are low-maintenance and quite hardy. Don’t assume all Hydrangeas thrive in the shade. Annabelle variety tolerates shade the best. Most Hydrangeas start blooming in late June, peak in July and turn green, then […]

  • Lunchbreak: Sweet corn and crab

    Executive Chef Johnny Besch BLVD 817 W. Lake Street Chicago (312) 526-3116 www.blvdchicago.com Sweet Corn & Crab Roasted Corn 3 ears of corn 1 oz king crab 1 oz dungeness crab 2 charred scallions 2 oz Parmesan Reggiano 1 Tbs chives 1 lime wedge Directions: Remove husk from corn. Season with oil, salt, and pepper. Grill or roast corn until lightly charred on the outside. Once the corn is cool to the touch, remove kernels by cutting off the cob. […]

  • Style Files: Back to school on a budget

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  • Midday Fix: How to pet a dog

    Amber Walker Animal Intuitions Dog Training www.aitrainers.com Animal Intuitions’ has a program called Dog-Friendly Family, which is a 1-hour class for humans only covering Behavior, Training, Socialization, Nutrition, & Grooming. Various locations around the Tri-Cities (Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles). How to Pet A Dog You Don’t Know: Check first for a Yellow Ribbon to indicate if the dog is a Dog In Need Of Space (DINOS) Always ask permission of the owner Never force the dog to meet someone, give […]

  • Midday Fix: Author and combat pilot Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour

    Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour www.vernicearmour.com http://zerotobreakthrough.com/ To purchase a copy of the book: Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals That Matter  

  • Lunchbreak: Beef and chicken pinchos and arepas de choclo

    Chef Tony Castillo Longitud315 315 Waukegan Avenue Highwood (847) 926-7495 www.longitud315.com/ Event: Garlic Fest August 16 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Everts Park 130 Highwood Avenue Highwood www.celebratehighwood.org/project/garlic-fest/ Beef and Chicken Pinchos Ingredients: 2 pounds of lean skirt steak (entraña) 2 pounds chicken meat (thights or breast) 2 pounds raw sausage of preference (chorizos) 36 ea bamboo skewers 1 cup of Blend Oil sea salt and black pepper Directions: Cut the meat into small pieces about 1 inch cubes. Keep […]

  • Focus on Family: Back to school dental tips

    Dr. AJ Acierno, CEO DecisionOne Dental Partners http://www.chicagolanddentistnearme.com Tips: Brush twice a day for two minutes. Use an electric toothbrush with a timer that stops the brush or lights up when finished – or put an egg timer/electric timer in the bathroom. Floss twice a day. An automatic dental floss dispenser can help build healthy flossing habits. Cut back on sugary drinks and snacks. The #1 cause of tooth decay is from bacteria from sugar that produces acid in the […]

  • Lunchbreak: Chicken fried pork loin and apricot habanero aioli sandwich

    Jeff Mauro Pork & Mindy’s 1623 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago (773) 799-8759 porkandmindys.com/ Event: Ballpark Fare Goes Gourmet Saturday, September 23 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Park At Wrigley 1060 W. Addison Chicago For tickets: www.chicagogourmet.org www.eventbrite.com/ Chicken Fried Pork Loin and Apricot Habanero Aioli Sandwich Apricot Habanero Aioli Ingredients: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup Pork & Mindy’s apricot habanero sauce Breading Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 2 Tbs Pork & Mindy’s pork rub 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 […]