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Planit 5: What to do this weekend in McHenry County

CARY MAIN STREET FEST, noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 15 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 16, downtown Cary, 108 W. Main St., Cary. A two-day festival with a full lineup of live music, family entertainment, family stage, food from local restaurants, craft beer, vendor booths and more. Hosted by the Cary-Grove Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $5 requested donation requested at the gate. Information: 847-639-2800 or http://www.carymainstreetfest.com.

Planit Deals:

Nippersink Golf & Banquets - Nippersink Golf & Banquets: $20 for $10

Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop - $10.00 Voucher for $5.00: Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop

Cafe 20 - $5.00 Voucher for $2.50: Cafe 20

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Q&A with McHenry's Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, blink-182 ahead of Riot Fest

Twenty-two years ago, McHenry East Campus alum Matt Skiba, threw caution to the wind, diving head first into the punk rock scene with his band Alkaline Trio. Their blunt lyrics and banging drums and guitars demand attention and have been the catalyst for the building of an army of diehard fans.

‘Predator’ makes for a wild, funny, violent good time

There’s never been an article in the title of a Predator film. Only “Predator,” “Predator 2” and “Predators.” (Sorry, the silly mashups with the Alien movies don’t count.) So why is this sequel called “THE Predator?” Simple: because it’s about one specific member of the armor-skinned creatures that makes its way to Earth. Well, an accurate telling of it would say that it’s about two of them ... and their “space dogs.” But “The Predators” just doesn’t work.

Cooking on deadline: Roasted Broccoflower with Shiitake

My family loves cauliflower, the "it" vegetable of the moment – if you believe in things like "it" vegetables.

Tart cranberries and sour cream make pound cake sparkle

Pound cake is simple but elegant; it's also incredibly rich. We thought tart cranberries and tangy sour cream would provide a welcome contrast to the buttery cake, and the bright cranberries would also contribute a burst of color for an extra-special dessert.

Think French cooking has to be fancy? That’s only half the story.

My French mother-in-law, Madeleine, was everything I had learned French women were not: She was an unpretentious woman who wore a crisply pressed cotton housedress over thick stockings and sensible shoes every day I knew her, her wispy white hair in a boyish cut framing a clean-scrubbed face.

A cinnamon-scented French toast with a crispy nod to creme brulee

When I told one of my favorite people at the office that I was working on a recipe for French toast, he looked at me incredulously. Without an ounce of meanness he asked, “Do people not know how to make French toast?”

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