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  • Lunchbreak: Allium chef Stephen Wambach makes cavatelli

    Allium Four Seasons Hotel 120 E. Delaware Chicago (312) 799-4900 www.alliumchicago.com Cavatelli 1/2 lb Ricotta Calabro 1/4 lb semolina 1/4 lb “00” Caputo Flour 1 lemon zest 1 egg 1 tsp Salt Directions: Mix all in stand mixer with a dough hook until the dough pulls away from the bowl and is homogenous, about 8 minutes. Wrap in plastic and let rest in the fridge for two hours. Roll the dough in thin ropes and put through the cavatelli machine. […]

  • Midday Fix: Knowledge is Power author Dr. Dennis Citrin

    Dr. Dennis Citrin Cancer Treatment Centers of America www.cancercenter.com To purchase a copy of the book: Knowledge Is Power: What Every Woman Should Know about Breast Cancer Important Questions Women Need to Ask Before Treatment Seek a second opinion Ask for a needle biopsy if it’s not offered Ask for the exact type of breast cancer Ask for all the treatment options available During Treatment Surround yourself with a multi-disciplinary team through the process Ask questions about the treatments you’re […]

  • Style Files: Transitioning from short to long hair

    Nicole Mangrum Freedom Salon 1518 N. Ashland Chicago (773) 252-HAIR www.freedomsalon.com Tips: Nourish from the inside out Trim your hair frequently Indulge in a weekly hair mask. mix an avocado, 2 tbs each of olive oil and honey and apply from root to tip for 15 minutes and then rinse out in the shower. The products mentioned today: AVIVA Advanced Hair Nutrition Rowenta Versa Style Iron LUXHAIR Circle Extension   www.AvivaHair.com www.Ulta.com www.HairExtensions.com  

  • Focus on Family: Dr. Jessica Shepherd

    Dr. Jessica Shepherd www.bundoo.com Dr. Shepherd’s Tips: Having a well-balanced diet is essential when planning for conception and the best way to be prepared for the changes in your body is to take prenatal vitamins up to 3 months before trying to get pregnant.  Also taking the supplement Folic Acid has been shown to decrease the rates of spinal cord defects.  Eating green leafy vegetables and protein found in lean meats such as chicken and fish as well as decreasing […]

  • Lunchbreak: Gemini Bistro chef Jon Keeley makes chitarra vongole

    Gemini Bistro 2075 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago (773) 525-2522 www.geminibistrochicago.com Chitarra Vongole Pasta – 6-8 portions 3 cups “00” flour 1 cup semolina flour 6 whole eggs 4 egg yolks 2 tsp. salt 1 1/2  tsp. extra virgin olive oil Directions: Mix all wet ingredients and add into dry. Knead until you get a solid dough ball and let rest for 3 hours then proceed to roll out pasta. 2 Tbs. garlic 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil 4 oz. […]

  • Midday Fix: Back to school gadgets for teens

    Donna Bozzo The Lady With The Alligator Purse www.theladywiththealligatorpurse.com The items mentioned today: Live Scribe Smart Pen HP E Printer Polar 3 D Printer Renny Ringer My Charge Transit Kero StickNFind Hydro Vibe Phone Asus Memo Pad 7 Kindle Fire Family Scratch Smartphone Jam Rewind Speaker Swimmer Powerbeats2 Rendi Otterbox case Merimeeko cases

  • Your Money Matters: Tips for securing financial aid for college students

    Cliff Morgan Strategic Wealth Partners www.strategicwealthinc.com Financial Aid/Scholarships FAFSA:  (Free Application for Financial Aid) Work on and submit December/January.  Used to apply to Federal programs such as Stafford, Perkins Loans, and Pell Grants. CSS Profile: (College Scholarship Service) While the CSS Profile form has no specific deadline, you should submit it at least two weeks before the financial aid deadline at your school. Used to apply for scholarships and programs offered by individual schools. Other Scholarships: Excellent resource is www.scholarships.com.  […]

  • Midday Fix: Flower arranging tips from Tony Abruscato

    Tony Abruscato DIY Floral Workshop Friday, August 22 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m. Mariano’s 40 S. Halsted Street Chicago For more information about the Chicago Flower and Garden Show: www.chicagoflower.com Tony’s Tips: Snip flowers from your garden to enjoy them inside by making your own bouquet or arrangement. Grow what you love! Consider creating an area of your garden for fresh-cut flowers, with shrubs and plants like roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, daylilies, etc. Mix in ornamental grasses or large Hosta […]

  • Lunchbreak: Arami chef Fred Despres makes hamachi poke

    Arami 1829 W. Chicago Avenue Chicago (312) 243-1535 www.aramichicago.com Event: September 16 7:00 p.m. Ani 3056 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago www.anichicago.com Hamachi Poke Ingredients: 3 oz fresh sashimi grade fish – cubed 1.5 oz dressing (recipe below) 1 t toasted black sesame seeds 1/2 oz dried seaweed (re-hydrated) Other ingredients that can be added: garlic chives pea shoots fresh sweet corn hearts of palm pickled celery cherry tomatoes chili threads Poke Dressing Ingredients: 1 cup sesame oil 1.25 cups soy […]

  • Lunchbreak: Acadia chef Ryan McCaskey makes Maine blueberry pain purdu

    Acadia 1639 S. Wabash Chicago www.acadiachicago.com Maine Blueberry Pain Purdu Ingredients: 1.5  quarts half and half 9 eggs 1 pound of dry crusty bread, cut into large cubes 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon 1.5 teaspoons vanilla paste zest from 1 orange 1/4 cup bourbon 2 teaspoons salt 2 Tablespoons brown sugar 1.5 cups blueberries (Maine preferably) Directions: Mix everything together, except the bread.  Once thoroughly mixed, fold into bread.  Let sit and absorb minimum 6 hours or overnight.  Bake in a greased […]

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