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    Lunchbreak: Spiaggia Chef de Cuisine Joe Flamm makes eggplant piadini

    Joe Flamm Cafe Spiaggia 980 N. Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor Chicago Event: Feast of the Seven Fishes Sunday, December 20 Seatings at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling — 312-280-2750 Artichoke Aioli Ingredients: 1 can artichokes 1/4 cup red wine vinegar salt, to taste Directions: Drain and save oil from artichokes. Blend in vita prep/blender, adding reserved oil slowly until emulsified. Add vinegar, season with salt to taste. Cafe Spiaggia Piadini Dough Ingredients: […]

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    Your Money Matters: Charitable giving tips from Lisa Dietlin

    Lisa Dietlin Things To Consider Before Donating Determine what you care about/where you want to give Review all the appeals you receive To avoid the “guilt” factor when you want to say “no” to a request for a donation, you can determine how much you are doing to donate at the year-end time frame and to what causes you are doing to make contributions Select organizations; a lot of charities are worthy of support, but it is important for […]

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    Midday Fix: Slow cooker sangria, apple crisp and pork roast

    Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen To purchase a copy of the book: Wines of California, Special Deluxe Edition Eppa Sangria Redemption Rye Slow Cooker Rosemary Pork Roast Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 boneless pork loin roast (3–4 pounds) 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste 1 large onion, sliced 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, softened Directions: Rub inside […]

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    Adopt A Pet: Animal Care League

    Animal Care League 1011 Garfield Street Oak Park (708) 848-8155 Event: Holiday Bazaar December 4 – 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and December 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 6930 W. Roosevelt Road Oak Park Occurring this year on December 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful […]

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    Lunchbreak: Zoo Lights and BrewLights event information

    Eric Kobus – Craft and Specialty Brand Manager at Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.   BrewLights Wednesday, December 2 5:30 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N. Cannon Drive Chicago For tickets: For more information about Lincoln Park Zoo Lights:

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    Lunchbreak: Marc Sievers makes apple salad with croutons and craquelins savoureux

    Marc Sievers To purchase a copy of the book: Entertaining with Love Craquelins Savoureux (Savory Crackers) Serves 10 Ingredients (serves 10) Gruyere Cheese – 6 ounces, cut into 30 thin slices Dark Chocolate – 3 ounces, rough chopped Basil – 30 small fresh leaves Water Crackers – 30, plain Honey – in a squeezable container Directions Simply layer each cracker with a slice of Gruyere, a basil leaf, a dollop of honey (about the size of a nickel), and […]

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    Midday Fix: Susanna Kalnes holiday diet and exercise tips

    Susanna Kalnes Susanna’s Tips: During the holidays, most gyms are closed – but that doesn’t mean you cannot exercise!  Even if it means bundling up and going for a 30 minute power walk outside, that will help you to digest your holiday meal and feel lighter on your feet.  It’s also a great time to use that exercise DVD that’s been sitting on your shelf. When you consume your holiday meal – make sure your plate is full of […]

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    Music Lounge: Muriel Anderson performs live

    Muriel Anderson 24th Annual Concert November 28 8:00 p.m. Downers Grove North High School 4436 N. Main Street Downers Grove Tickets available at the door, Anderson’s Bookshops or oneline at:

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    Lunchbreak: theWit Hotel pastry chef Toni Roberts makes bahibe hazelnut milk chocolate fudge

    Toni Roberts theWit Hotel 201 N State St. Chicago Bahibe Hazelnut Milk Chocolate Fudge Ingredients: 20 oz sugar (2 1/2 cups) 8 oz heavy cream (1 cup) 1 oz corn syrup (2 Tablespoons) 4 oz butter (1/2 cup) 4 oz very good milk chocolate, we use Valrhona Bahibe (1 cup) 4 oz hazelnut paste or butter (1/2 cup) *any nut butter can be substituted sea salt and crushed hazelnuts for garnish Directions: Melt the chocolate and butter together in […]

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    Midday Fix: Holiday shopping tips from Benjamin Glaser

    For more information about DealNews: Benjamin’s Tips: The most important thing shoppers can do to prepare for holiday shopping is research and budget. Start with how much money you can allot for holiday gifts (without dipping into important long-term savings), and then determine what items you want at what price points, and where they will be available at those prices. Then, have a back-up plan for each item, as the best deals will surely sell out quickly. When the […]


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