Holiday Hostess Gifts: Think Local and Yummy

Skip the scented candle, and ditch the tea towels. Hostess gifts are usually given to women who entertain—probably a lot—so give her something delicious that she can serve at her next soiree. Better still, give her something locally produced, which is fresher, more chic and more thoughtful.   Here are some of our favorite ideas: […]

The Beginner's Guide to Grilled Pizza

Now that it’s warming up, it’s time to break out the grill. But this season’s barbecue doesn’t have to be all steaks or chicken (yawn!). Try a grilled pizza instead. It’s truly easy to make—but follow the directions to make sure the dough doesn’t stick—and a fun way to make perfectly crisp, custom pizzas for everyone […]

Save Money on Your Groceries by Shopping Locally—Really!

I’ve got a meat guy, a fish guy, a bread guy and two vegetable gals who are at the farmer’s market every week during the summer. I’m a fussy shopper, and I patronize local shops. They give me the best quality ingredients, but I never thought it was a great way to save money … […]

Fresh: Shop Chicago Chic

Attention, shoppers! Before your next trip down to the city, check out Shop Chicago Chic, an easy-to-use online shopping guide created by our former Editor in Chief Laura Hine.

Potato Chip Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken

Oven-fried chicken is disappointing. It comes out pale and bready—so not like real fried chicken, that you simply can’t compare the two.   But what oven “frying” does have going for it is this: no mess and fewer calories. On a Tuesday, it’s doable. And thanks to a brilliant recipe by Kay Chun in Food […]

Quick Recipe: Sautéed Shrimp with Fresh Mango Salsa

This delicious and fresh shrimp dish is so fast, you can make it for a weeknight dinner. But even though it’s a quick recipe, it looks so good, you’ll feel like you could win “The Taste”  with it. Two tips: First, make sure the shrimp are totally dry before you sauté them. Drain them on […]

Body: Transformation

Standing in front of thousands of people every month to introduce best-selling authors and researchers at Family Action Network-sponsored talks, Lonnie Stonitsch is one of the North Shore’s most visible people. And many have noticed that over the last 11 months, Stonitsch’s appearance has changed. She’s known for adding a flair of blue or pink […]

Body: Brain

Not many sugeons are on the front page of the Chicago Tribune with any regularity, but Dr. Richard Fessler is one of the few whose innovations and list of who’s who patients put him routinely in the spotlight. He is a neurosurgeon whose skill allows for thought and expression in a brain that has suffered […]

Pea and Mint Soup Recipe from “Jamie’s Food Revolution”

“Jamie’s Food Revolution,” by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, is all about saving cooking. It’s endangered by fast food, supermarket convenience food and our hectic lifestyles. But in this engaging book, he shows how easy it is to cook delicious dinners with real ingredients. And they’re not the boring standards, each one—even meatloaf—has a little Jamie […]

Sesame Asparagus Salad Recipe

Asparagus is now in season. When you’ve had your fill of steamed and grilled, try this delicious salad. Wilmette resident Katie Hauser made this salad for a potluck once. Gracious friend that she is, she gave me the recipe. I’ve been making it ever since because it’s one of those recipes that always works and everyone […]