• Planit 10: Things to do March 5 to March 12

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. 1.) DAVE COULIER WHEN: 8 p.m. March 12 WHERE: R ...
    March 4, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • ‘Second Best’ Marigold lives up to title

    If you’re going to do a movie sequel that doesn’t quite measure up to the original and seems rather hurriedly cobbled together, well, OK. Many filmmak ...
    March 5, 2015 - 12:32 am
  • Baroque trio brings rare sound, instruments to Crystal Lake stage

    Not only are the performers of Trio Settecento known worldwide for the classical music they play, but so are their instruments.
    March 5, 2015 - 12:32 am
  • 'Drowsy Chaperone' at Woodstock Opera House features actual plane

    Even the cast of “The Drowsy Chaperone” didn’t quite believe they could pull it off. A plane landing ...
    March 5, 2015 - 12:31 am
  • Woodstock's Music4Martin to honor Dr. King Jr. legacy

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”
    March 5, 2015 - 12:25 am
  • Master the art of deglazing a pan with steak au poivre

    One of the main reasons carnivores love meat is because of its depth of flavor. And the easiest way to magnify that flavor is to brown the meat.
    March 3, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Don’t strain yourself to poach an egg

    Several years ago, Lyonnais salads were quite the rage in New York’s French bistros. Then the fad faded, and I forgot all about them. That is until th ...
    March 3, 2015 - 3:23 pm
  • Recipe of the Week: Best PB Cookies

    Recipe of the Week: Best PB CookiesSubmitted by Katt Dull of Woodstock1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 c ...
    March 3, 2015 - 3:23 pm
  • Delicious lemon-pepper pork was supposed to be chicken

    This is the pork tenderloin that was supposed to be a chicken. But it ended up being one of those delicious mistakes I was so glad I made.
    March 3, 2015 - 3:21 pm
  • Wintertime broccoli blues can be brightened with sliced lemon

    Anyone else suffering the broccoli blues?Truth is, it’s such a versatile vegetable seemingly unbound ...
    March 3, 2015 - 3:21 pm
  • Spring is coming to Downtown Crystal Lake

    Rejuvenate your spirit with a trip to historic Downtown Crystal Lake. Shop, eat and enjoy the transformation to better weather.
    March 3, 2015 - 5:22 pm
  • True sobriety needed to stop cycle

    “Jason” has been a drug user from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He managed to get decent grades and stay out of trouble, but by the time ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 4:19 pm
  • Getting a Grip: Where the mental health system fails

    I recently got a call from a distraught father, whose schizophrenic son was about to be homeless. The young man had been living with his mother, but h ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 4:19 pm
  • Planit 10: Things to do Feb. 26 to March 5

    Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions. ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:20 am
  • Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in ‘Focus’

    If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on – when of course you haven’t a clue – that’s also ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 3:55 pm
  • Algonquin 15-year-old releases solo album

    Althea Grace has performed on countless stages, written more than 50 songs and most recently, released her first album.
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • CL South among the first to premiere high school 'Poppins' production

    Ben Stoner knew two things about this year’s spring musical at Crystal Lake South High School. It was going to be “Mary Poppins.” And she was going to ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • Have it your way with a mix and match take on mac and cheese

    Do you love macaroni and cheese? Stupid question, right? OK, so let’s try this one: How could you love macaroni and cheese even more?
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • Turnips not off the table

    I talk to my kids every day about eating a rainbow of produce to get all the nutrients they need. But you know what color is left out of the rainbow? ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 3:38 pm
  • Want a dinner with easy flavor? Grab a pint of heavy cream

    Sure, we’re all trying to lose those pesky 10 or 15 or whatever pounds, but that’s no reason to not keep a pint of heavy cream in the refrigerator.
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 3:38 pm
  • Learn to do al dente right

    What’s the one ingredient you should always have in your cupboard? Dried pasta, of course. It’s the base of a zillion easy-to-make weeknight meals and ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 3:38 pm
  • Toddler dies of measles in Berlin, 1st death in outbreak

    BERLIN – An 18-month-old boy has died of measles amid an outbreak in Berlin, a hospital in the German capital said Tuesday.
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:05 am
  • Home of the Sparrow brings back storyteller

    Prides Hollow may be a long way from Crystal Lake, but attendees of Home of the Sparrow’s annual luncheon may find they have a lot in common with the ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:23 am
  • Find a blind date at Crystal Lake library

    Valentine’s Day may be over, but there is still a chance to pick up a blind date.The Crystal Lake Pu ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 9:22 am
  • ‘McFarland’: a familiar story

    You’ve seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what’s left? The 1980s-s ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 4:43 pm
  • Woodstock natives make Chester Gould documentary

    Yes, Woodstock has its groundhog, but it also has its Gould.The city has declared Feb. 22 Chester Go ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Young violinists learn life lessons in McHenry native’s 4 Strings Attached

    A deep love of music binds the 30 children of this “family” together.They practice. Hard.They play s ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:48 pm
  • Forget the celebrities and make popcorn the star of the show with powdered peanut butter, honey

    Powdered peanut butter sounds, pardon the pun, a bit nuts.While fitness buffs sang its praises when ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 11:26 pm
  • Eggs deliver Oscar-worthy performance

    Deviled eggs for Oscars night? Sure they’re a staple at picnics and backyard barbecues, but when it comes to a special occasion, they are so Cinderell ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:17 pm
  • Cauliflower soup made so rich you won’t believe it’s so simple

    It’s easy to overthink things in the kitchen. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that flavor needs a whole lot of labor. Or at least a long i ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 3:34 pm
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