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  • Review: ‘Hands on a Hardbody’ easy to enjoy

    “Hands on a Hardbody” is making its Chicago area debut on the Raue Center for the Arts stage, and based on the Williams Street Repertory production I ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 4:08 pm
  • ‘Madagascar’ spin-off hatches fun

    For a movie that’s more paint by numbers than Picasso, “Penguins of Madagascar” begins with something completely unexpected: a Werner Herzog voiceover ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 1:12 pm
  • Short on time? Start with a mix

    Start with a 12-ounce bag of stuffing mix, flavor of your choice. Prepare according to package directions, but add one of the following combinations b ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • A guide to take the pain out of Thanksgiving math

    Ready for the annual Thanksgiving math quiz?QUESTION: How large a turkey do you need if you are expe ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • A 101 on great turkey stuffing

    For many Americans, the true star of the Thanksgiving table is not the big bird, but the stuffing (usually moistened with gravy). Given that, I believ ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Ballet: Artistry in Movement that Spans the Globe

    Although the origins of ballet can be traced back to the Renaissance period and the early court dances in France and Italy, it has become an art form ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:55 am
  • Healthy holiday recipes

    Stuffed Pumpkin1 sugar pumpkin2 cups (uncooked) brown Basmati rice2 cups (cooked) chickpeas4 cups al ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 4:56 pm
  • Wellness coach says to put feast into focus

    The holidays are fast approaching, and with them come parties, family gatherings and plenty of temptation. But most people don’t have an extra 5 or 10 ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 12:28 am
  • Local experts help set the Thanksgiving scene

    The holidays are upon us, and with them come plenty of parties and plenty of eats. So get your best pair of elastic pants ready because we’ve got the ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 12:29 am
  • Plan meal, festivities ahead of time for Thanksgiving day

    When it comes to wrangling the Thanksgiving meal onto the table, one motto gets it right: Be prepared.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 5:02 pm
  • ‘Mockingjay': No revolution

    All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss’s (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow left the ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 4:23 pm
  • Raue’s ‘Hardbody’ a Chicago premiere

    Getting a Nissan Hardbody truck on stage was a bit of a challenge as the Raue Center prepared for its upcoming musical production of “Hands on a Hardb ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 3:41 pm
  • Chicago Symphony trumpeter to perform with McHenry County Youth Orchestra

    Kids sat still, listening patiently in their chairs. All eyes forward, they focused on an adult at the head of the room who just told them to pay atte ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:53 pm
  • 10 more ideas for potatoes

    Truth is, mashed potatoes don’t need a whole lot of love to come out pretty darn amazing. A little butter (OK, a lot of butter), a little cream or mil ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • Small changes make better holiday mashed potatoes

    I’ve made mountains of mashed potatoes in my little life, faithfully adhering to the method I was taught in cooking school. And I’ve always been reaso ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 11:11 pm
  • Secret ingredient: eggs

    Much as I’d like to take credit for this rich version of mashed potatoes, that honor goes to Stanley Tucci. Or rather, to Stanley Tucci’s wife.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:26 pm
  • P ut the kids to work on a sweet potato tart

    It seemed an unlikely goal. I wanted a single solution for two problems – how to keep kids entertained while preparing Thanksgiving dinner AND how to ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:24 pm
  • Vegetarian gravy

    n the interest of giving vegetarians something to ladle over their mashed potatoes and stuffing, we decided to come up with a gravy good enough to ser ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:23 pm
  • Shortcut produces fluffiest, best sweet potato pie

    Much as I love a classic pumpkin pie, I have to be honest: My heart belongs to sweet potato pie.Both ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:25 pm
  • Making the most of a make-ahead turkey gravy

    The turkey stock used in this gravy recipe takes a few hours to make, but it is mostly hands off. It can be done up to several days ahead of time and ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:23 pm
  • A “Phish-y” Take on a Broadway Musical

    Hands on a Hardbody is a Tony-nominated musical based on the critically acclaimed documentary of the same name, the musical follows the true story of ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 10:28 am
  • Lake in the Hills family copes with lung cancer diagnosis

    Life has become a series of treatments, scans, sitting down for results. Sometimes good. A shrunken ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 11:56 pm
  • Library of Congress historian to speak at Opera House

    WOODSTOCK – John Y. Cole, a historian at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will speak about the library’s unique features at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 4:02 pm
  • Get your home ready for holiday company

    Company’s coming. It’s time to clean up your act.Getting ready for the holidays isn’t just about reg ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Planit 10: Things to do in McHenry County-area Nov. 13 to Nov. 20

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 11:18 am
  • Stewart displays sure hand in ‘Rosewater’

    You can take the man away from the humor. But you clearly can't always take the humor from the man. ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 3:50 pm
  • ‘Beyond the Lights’ a star turn for lead

    A shamelessly entertaining mash-up of “Gypsy” and “The Bodyguard” finely tuned to the blingy excess of the hip-pop era, “Beyond the Lights” is a movie ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 3:45 pm
  • Spring Grove native's music featured in film, on Las Vegas stage

    Having performed throughout the McHenry County area – where he’s known for his song “Nippersink Creek” – for four decades, Will Kruger’s musical journ ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 9:43 am
  • Review: Stellar performances abound in 'Mikado'

    Note to readers: This is an occasional theater column. Reviews of productions throughout McHenry County will be written by various members of area the ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 12:08 am
  • Band spotlight: 5Rounds Band

    What is the band’s name and how did it get that name? 5Rounds Band. We started a year and a half ago ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 12:07 am
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