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  • Midday Fix: Jennifer Rizzo’s creative Christmas crafts

    Jennifer Rizzo To purchase a copy of the book: Creatively Christmas: Inspired Yuletide Decor Visit Jennifer’s website: www.jenniferrizzo.com The projects shown today: Fa La La La Banner The banner is easily adapted to any occasion or holiday You can buy pre-made banner pieces from a craft store or on-line from a company like Canvas Corp to make it easier. Make smaller versions of the banner to put on a wreath . Supplies: letter stencils burlap or canvas banner pieces stencil […]

  • Firehouse Chef: Jim DeVito makes stuffed french toast

    Firehouse Chef Jim DeVito Stuffed French Toast Ingredients: loaf of Texas toast flavored cream cheese fresh fruit egg beaters (or beaten eggs) toppings – syrup, fruit, whipped cream, etc. Directions: Take two slices of the toast. Spread the cream cheese on one side, add the fruit (if desired) put second on top. Dip both into the egg mixture and put onto griddle, or fry pan cook over medium heat. Cook until both sides are golden brown (approximately 10-15 minutes) flipping […]

  • Music Lounge: Markette and Hutch perform live

    Markette and Hutch Event: Toys for Tots Show December 20 8:00 p.m. Alley 64 2001 N. Rand Road Palatine Minimum one toy cover charge For more about the band: www.facebook.com/marketteandhutch

  • Lunchbreak: Stress fighting foods

    Dawn Jackson Blatner www.dawnjacksonblatner.com Stress Fighting Foods Black Tea: Quickly helps you feel less stressed. One study found 4 cups of black tea each day helped people recover from stress twice as fast as non-tea drinkers. Salmon: Decreases anxiety. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease brain inflammation, which may help calm nerves. Chickpeas: Regulate blood pressure. Contain potassium, calcium & magnesium, key electrolytes to control blood pressure. Oatmeal: Improves mood/happiness. Good carbs increase serotonin, which is a feel good compound in […]

  • Midday Fix: Enjoying allergy free holidays

    Dr. Mike Foggs Dr. Mike Foggs The Allergy and Asthma Network www.aanma.org Asthma/allergies affect a number of people during the holidays and most aren’t prepared. Allergies can come from anything ranging from foods to decorations to candles to trees. The most important thing to remember during the holidays is to carry an epi pen if you have one, in case of emergencies. Christmas trees can cause allergies because of the actual fir itself or dust on artificial trees.

  • Lunchbreak: Adamus Chef Nelson Erazo makes bronzed walleye pike

    Adamus Lounge and Restaurant Silversmith Hotel 10 S. Wabash Chicago (312) 372-7696 www.silversmithchicagohotel.com Bronzed Walleye Pike Ingredients: 2 lbs walleye pike 1 1/2 lbs sliced fingerling potatoes 8 oz spinach 6 oz baby heirloom tomatoes 3 Tbs olive oil 2 shallots, sliced 1/4 lb butter, diced salt and pepper to taste Directions: First start off with the saffron broth recipe below. Once broth is completed, the next thing to do will be to portion out the fish to the size […]

  • Music Lounge: Everybody Says Yes performs live

    Everybody Says Yes Event: Third Annual Woman Power Holiday Show December 22 8:00 p.m. Schuba’s Tavern 3159 N. Southport Chicago For more about the band: www.everybodysaysyes.com

  • Style Files: Affordable winter boots

    Raijean www.swa-rai.com The boots featured today are available from: Just Fab Dav Shoedazzle Kohl’s

  • Lunchbreak: Chef Rachel Davis makes latkes

    Chef Rachel Davis Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen Bergstein’s NY Delicatessen located at 1164 E 55th Street in Hyde Park. 773-891-0429 There is also a location in Chicago Heights – 200 Dixie Highway. 708-754-6400   www.bergsteinsny.com Latkes Ingredients: 10 medium Idaho potatoes, peeled 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp salt 1 tsp seasoned salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 egg 1/3 cup flour + extra for coating before frying 2-4 cups vegetable oil Directions: Boil potatoes for 20 minutes or until fork tender. […]

  • Midday Fix: Pastry chef Toni Roberts makes a holiday house

    Toni Roberts theWit Hotel 201 N. State Street Chicago (312) 467-0200 www.thewithotel.com Holiday House Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treat DOWNLOAD: Holiday House template Ingredients: 4 oz butter 1 lb bag mini marshmallows 2 cups (16 oz) peanut butter 1/2 tsp salt 8 1/2 cups (8 oz) Rice Krispy cereal green dye (your desired amount) Directions: Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat until bubbling. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting and add the marshmallows. Stir to […]

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