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  • Bruschetta a satisfying main party dish

    There are few dishes more elemental and satisfying than bruschetta. A mainstay at many Italian restaurants, it’s an appetizer comprising slices of gri ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:26 pm
  • Recipe of the Week: Spicy Pockets

    2 rolls refrigerated Grands biscuits1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced deli Italian beef1 pound sliced round ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:26 pm
  • Canapes able to dress up any Academy Awards party buffet

    When it comes to planning party menus, we often think the most special dishes are the most complicated ones, with exotic and expensive ingredients. Bu ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:23 pm
  • For the Oscars, try a champagne cocktail that’s dressed up

    Whether you are a film fanatic or just in it for the gowns, awards season is a no-brainer excuse for a theme party. Hollywood glitz and glamour offers ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:23 pm
  • Charcuterie boards make an easy and impressive appetizer

    Who says you can enjoy a charcuterie board only when you go out to eat? Restaurants have made them a diner’s favorite, and many restaurants become des ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:45 pm
  • Try a caramelized onion tart that can ease hosting strain

    We know it isn’t always enough for a party recipe to be delicious. The most helpful recipes are the ones we can prepare ahead of time, and our cheese ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:19 pm
  • Sweet potatoes join avocado toast trend

    Sweet potato slices are the latest rage in the avocado toast trend. If you at all are involved with Pinterest, you know this already. Pop slices of un ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:19 pm
  • Lasagna epitomizes Big Crowd Food

    In the quest for Big Crowd Food, lasagna reigns supreme. And at this time of year, you may find yourself entertaining a big crowd for the Oscars or an ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 4:18 pm
  • Let's get fancy: 7 superb fine dining spots in McHenry County

    Here are seven of the best fine dining restaurants in McHenry County, as voted on by readers in our Best of the Fox competition.
    Feb. 13, 2017 - 11:48 pm
  • On Valentine’s Day, ditch the box, make your love a cake

    Temperature is important in this recipe, but luckily, any issues are easily fixable. If your frosting is too warm, it will be runny instead of fluffy. ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 5:04 pm
  • For date night on the cheap, try Alaskan King Crab legs

    Nothing says indulgence like noshing on some seriously giant Alaskan King Crab legs. They’re not ju ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 5:02 pm
  • Amped-Up Beef Stroganoff is ideal dish for Valentine’s Day

    Primed to romance your certain someone on Valentine’s Day? Nothing says “I love you” more persuasively than a home-cooked meal. This one-pot noodle di ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 4:30 pm
  • Cherry cupcakes made the Old-Fashioneds way perfect for your valentine

    This old-fashioned cherry cupcake is just the thing for Valentine’s Day. I’ve updated a cake my mother used to make for my sisters and me when we were ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 5:04 pm
  • Special occasions call for filet

    Wow, does this dish look classy, right? But look at the ingredient list – not too long. And look at the steps – pretty darn simple.
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 4:28 pm
  • Surprise ingredient makes healthier cheese fondue

    Cheese fondue is the ultimate winter comfort food. Living in France in my early 30s, I fell in love with the classic recipe made with crisp white wine ...
    Feb. 7, 2017 - 4:26 pm
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