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  • No piece of ‘Cake,’ despite Aniston

    A wintry pall enshrouds even the sunniest Los Angeles locales in “Cake,” a drab, dramatically inert redemption story enlivened by a sharp performance ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 4:57 pm
  • Harvard native headlines Nashville Neil Diamond tribute, Branson show

    Denny Diamond still calls Harvard home, but he and his sons now are headlining shows in Branson, Missouri, and Nashville.
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 12:25 am
  • Like a Diamond: Tribute artist to perform legendary hits at Raue in Crystal Lake

    Steve Richards isn’t trying to fool anyone.He’s no Neil Diamond. Like many in the industry today, he ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 12:24 am
  • Algonquin native goes home on 'The Bachelor,' 'learns a lot' about reality TV

    Algonquin native Trina Scherenberg went on "The Bachelor" thinking she'd live a little.Someone's goi ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 12:03 pm
  • Algonquin native eliminated on ‘The Bachelor’ learned lot about reality TV

    Algonquin native Trina Scherenberg went on "The Bachelor" thinking she'd live a little. ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 12:33 pm
  • Jake’s volatile track record

    “Jake” was a successful business man. He had a track record of winning at sales, but it always came at the cost. Eventually, he began stepping on com ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 3:33 pm
  • Kerth: In case you wondered, it’s not as much fun as it sounds

    I laughed all the way to the bank the other day.No, I didn’t sell an expensive piece of flooded Flor ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 3:29 pm
  • ‘Groundhogology’ storyteller Doug Elliott coming to Crystal Lake

    McHenry County might be all about the groundhog, but there’s more to the rodent than its prognostication abilities.
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 12:14 pm
  • Piano family: trio of Algonquin sisters to perform at American Grands event

    In the Pavithran home, the scene is one of nostalgia. The girls and their father are around their Pramberger. Those not playing stand off to the side, ...
    Jan. 17, 2015 - 9:13 pm
  • McHenry County fitness experts weigh in on 6 fitness trends for 2015

    With 2015 comes the hope and drive to finally get in shape. You promised yourself this year was the year. You’re really going to do it. You may fall o ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 9:01 am
  • 'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

    Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, includin ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 9:15 am
  • Planit 10: Things to do Jan. 15 to Jan. 22

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • Professional wrestling event honors Wonder Lake vet

    A Chicago Style Wrestling-Northland professional wrestling event Jan. 10 at VFW Post 5040 in Woodstock served as a tribute to retired Marine Lt. Col. ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • ‘Paddington’: A classic bear brings home laughter

    January is when studios generally release their low-expectation titles to wither and die against award-nominated fare, so it’s a considerable gamble t ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 2:51 pm
  • Emerging artists: Crystal Lake's Lakeside showcases high school talents

    Goodbye, high school display case. Students artists throughout District 155 have gone pro – at least through Jan. 30.
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Another rose for Algonquin native Trina Scherenberg on 'The Bachelor'

    Trina Scherenberg, an Algonquin native and former special education teacher for Crystal Lake South High School, will return for a third episode of " ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 11:49 pm
  • Braised bird becomes fast weeknight dinner

    We don’t often think of braising as a weeknight-friendly approach to dinner. After all, anything that cooks low and slow would seem to be no go for a ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • Wine-braised short ribs prove Crockpot’s worth

    It was a strange confession to make, but I felt I had to fess up. A friend who once ran a large recipe-based website recently was explaining to me tha ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 10:39 pm
  • Whatever your choice of filling, a roulade makes a merry meal

    Think of a roulade as a big edible cigar-shaped container for just about any filling of your choice.
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 2:49 pm
  • Gadget show debuts a few gems for home

    LAS VEGAS – Technology forecasters are calling 2015 the year of the Internet of Things – that idea that everyday objects will use sensors and Internet ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 4:49 pm
  • Improve kitchen in small ways

    Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions. The hours spent using every kitchen appliance and inch of cou ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 4:48 pm
  • Downey, 'Big Bang' win big at People's Choice Awards

    LOS ANGELES – Robert Downey Jr. was seeing double at the People's Choice Awards.The star of "The Jud ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 1:39 pm
  • 5 things to see & do in McHenry County and beyond this winter

    Lace up those boots. The festivities don’t have to end when the cold and snow begin.Now is the time ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Band Spotlight: 314 on Main Street

    What is the band’s name and how did it get that name?314 on Main Street. A “314” is police code for ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 3:24 pm
  • The secret to great tofu is all in the pressing

    My mom started traveling abroad when I was in high school. And after each of her trips, we cooked a meal from the country she’d just visited.
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • One McHenry County native remains on ‘The Bachelor’

    Of the two McHenry County natives on "The Bachelor," only Trina Scherenberg remains. An Algonquin na ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Dieting pickle? Use quick pickles as healthy snack

    Conventional wisdom always has been that rather than deprive yourself of snacks, you should make healthier choices about them. Not a horrible idea. An ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 3:27 pm
  • Recipe of the Week: Veggie Jambalaya

    Veggie Jambalaya1 tablespoon olive oil1 medium green pepper, chopped1 medium onion, chopped2 celery ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 3:26 pm
  • Lentil salad full of life

    When I was in high school, my parents took my sisters and me to Paris. That trip shaped me in so many ways, most of them culinary. So many of the dish ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 3:26 pm
  • Healthy sauce and beans banish flavorless baked white fish

    Here’s the thing about baked white fish, such as haddock or cod: We know we should eat more of it because it’s such a healthy choice. Trouble is, we a ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 3:26 pm
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