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    Prophets of Rage brought together Tim Commerford, left, B-Real, Brad Wilk, DJ Lord, Tom Morello and Chuck D.

    Prophets of Rage, Libertyville’s Tom Morello make it political

    When it comes to protest music, there’s the subtle and the really angry. The all-star band Prophets of Rage, featuring Libertyville’s Tom Morello, takes the latter to a whole new grab-you-by-the-throat level.

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    The Passero Bucatini is one of many Italian-American dishes on the menu at the new Passero, opening Wednesday, Oct. 25, in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Dining out: Italian-American eatery Passero opening in Arlington Heights

    Chef Matt Peota and his wife, Rikki, are bringing upscale urban Italian-American cuisine to downtown Arlington Heights with the opening of Passero on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

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    Chef Abel Cortez shows off the pork belly, which is designed for sharing, at Quiubo in Naperville.

    From-scratch Mexican dishes make Naperville's Quiubo a must-try

    Intimate. Urban. Lively. Serving seasonal Mexican dishes made from scratch in a fun environment has been quite a draw for Quiubo in downtown Naperville's Water Street District.

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    Superintendent Eric Marsh (Josh Brolin), right, reads the riot act to new firefighter recruit Brendan “Donut” McDonough (Miles Teller) in the fact-based drama “Only the Brave.”

    'Only the Brave' makes firefighters real stars of fact-based drama

    Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jennifer Connolly star in “Only the Brave,” the tragic story of the now-legendary Granite Mountain Hotshots and the 2013 flashfire responsible for the biggest loss of firefighters since 9/11.

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    Comedian Dino Archie performs at Zanies locations at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles and at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

    Weekly picks: Dino Archie plays standup at two Zanies

    Comedian Dino Archie performs standup gigs at Zanies in St. Charles and Rosemont this weekend. More on this and other fun upcoming events.

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    Ben Blake’s Peppercorn-Crusted Pork Chop over Peanut Satay Broccoli Raab with Spicy Dark Chocolate Rosemary merlot sauce

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Judges get tougher in Round 2

    Cook of the Week Challenge Week 2 results are in and we go into Week 3 with just six cooks. The challenges are getting more difficult and cooks must bring their “A” games to the stove.

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    (l to r) Chris Stapelton, Brian Kelly, Tyler Hubbard, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan are seen at 2017 CMT Artist of the Year Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

    Country stars honor shooting victims at CMT Artists show

    Country singer Jason Aldean and other stars honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of handing out awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show

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    Cameron Douglas, son of actor Michael Douglas, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Douglas got the approval Wednesday of the judge who sentenced him to a decade in prison to go to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)

    Judge: Michael Douglas' son can go to Los Angeles to act

    The judge who sentenced Michael Douglas' son to nearly a decade in prison says he can go to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career

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    Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will perform on Saturday, March 10, at the Rosemont Theatre.

    Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco to perform at Rosemont Theatre

    Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco brings his “Stay Hungry Tour” to the Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, March 10.

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    FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, model Christy Turlington Burns attends the Panthere de Cartier Collection event in New York. Turlington Burns tells Women’s Wear Daily that sexual harassment and mistreatment of models was always widely known. In the interview published Wednesday, she said her mother was often with her in her younger, earlier days in the business. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    Christy Turlington Burns: model harassment widely tolerated

    Christy Turlington Burns: Sexual harassment, mistreatment of models widely tolerated

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    This image released by Andrew Cagle shows electronic artist and musician Samer Saem Eldahr, better known as Hello Psychaleppo, in Minneapolis. Eldahr fled the Syrian city of Aleppo five years ago and has been rebuilding his life and art as a permanent U.S. resident. (Andrew Cagle via AP)

    Syrian-American musicians raise voices as homeland suffers

    Several Syrian-American musicians are on the road, sharing music and messages about their homeland as war rages on

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    Flights give beer lovers the chance to sample whatever is on tap at Roaring Table Brewery in Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich’s new Roaring Table taproom a haven for beer lovers

    Delicious beer, friendly service and a laid-back feel. You’ll get that and more at the new Roaring Table taproom in Lake Zurich, a hidden gem that should appeal to low-key locals and serious beer fans.

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    This cover image released by Third Man Records shows "All American Made," by Margo Price. (Third Man Records via AP)

    Review: Margo Price's 'All American Made' is superb quality

    Margo Price's produces songs of superb quality on "All American Made," her sophomore effort which adds tads of Memphis soul and dabs of gospel and reggae to her deep and solid East Nashville country foundations.

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    In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Jon Pardi poses in Goodlettsville, Tenn. The California native is nominated for new artist of the year and single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards in November. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    New country traditionalist Jon Pardi dances to his own beat

    Young country traditionalist Jon Pardi is doubling down on fiddles and steel guitars even as his contemporaries dabble in R&B and EDM trends.

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    Kids can dress in their Halloween finest for the costume parade at Brookfield Zoo's annual “Boo! at the Zoo” festival.

    Festivals: Halloween happenings in the suburbs
    From Boo! at the Zoo to Elgin's Nightmare on Chicago Street to Morton Arboretum's Trick or Trees to various pumpkin and fall fests, Halloween fun abounds across the suburbs.

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    FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Garth Brooks performs at the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Brooks, along with Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood will all perform at this years Country Music Association awards on Nov. 8. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

    Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan to perform at CMAs

    This list of country stars planning to perform at next month's CMAs includes Garth Brooks, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood

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    Joe Wachter’s Stir-Fried Pork and Broccoli Raab in Brown Sauce with Fried Garlic

    Joe Wachter’s Stir-Fried Pork and Broccoli Raab in Brown Sauce with Fried Garlic
    1 tablespoon egg white2 teaspoons + 1 teaspoon cornstarch2 teaspoons Shaoxing wine 2 boneless pork chops, very thinly sliced (<1/8 inch)6 ounces broccoli raab, ends trimmed off1 tablespoon Ellyndale Smoked Ghost Pepper infused coconut oil*1 teaspoon + 3 tablespoons neutral oil (such as canola)*6 cloves of garlic, finely choppedSauce:2 tablespoons oyster sauce2 teaspoons soy sauce0.5 ounces Morkes 53 percent cacao dark chocolate, chopped1 teaspoon rice vinegar1 scallion, whites minced, greens sliced on the diagonal*Note: the ratio of pepper-infused coconut oil to neutral oil can be changed to make the dish more or less spicy. The ratio listed here makes a mildly spicy dish.Combine the egg, 2 teaspoons cornstarch and Shaoxing wine in a bowl with a pinch of salt. Mix well, then add the sliced pork and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Boil the broccoli raab in salted water for 2-3 minutes, until just tender, then remove and cool by rinsing under cold water. Dry with towels or in a salad spinner, then cut into 1-2 inch pieces. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to the boiling water, then add the pork and stir well, separating the pieces. Cook until white on the outside and mostly cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove and dry well in a strainer.Combine the coconut oil and neutral oil in a wok or small saucepan. Heat until the coconut oil melts, then add the garlic. Fry over medium-low heat until the garlic is golden brown, taking care not to burn it. Strain the garlic, reserving both the oil and the garlic. Combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of water and mix well, then add the chocolate. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved oil to a wok or large skillet and heat until smoking. Add the pork and stir fry until lightly browned, 1-2 minutes, then remove from the wok and set aside. Add another tablespoon of the reserved oil and stir fry the broccoli raab in the same way, then remove from the wok and set aside. Add the remaining reserved oil to the wok, heat and fry the scallion whites until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then add all the sauce ingredients, stirring constantly to prevent burning. Once the chocolate has melted, add the pork and broccoli raab to the wok, turn off the heat, and mix it all together. Salt to taste, remove to a plate and top with the fried garlic and scallion greens. Serve with rice or noodles. Joe Wachter

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    Elizabeth Schuttler’s Chocolate Coconut Pork Chops Topped with Mango Salsa, Coconut-Infused Mashed Potatoes and Creamy Coconut Broccoli Rabe with a Savory Chocolate Sauce

    Elizabeth Schuttler’s Chocolate Coconut Pork Chops Topped with Mango Salsa, Coconut-Infused Mashed Potatoes and Creamy Coconut Broccoli Raab with a Savory Chocolate Sauce
    For the pork chops4 1-inch thick boneless pork chops1 cup coconut milk½ lime juiced and zest1 garlic clove finely choppedSalt and pepperSalt and pepper pork chops. Place pork chops in large plastic bag. Lightly pound pork chops with smooth side of meat tenderizer. Pour coconut milk, lime juice, lime zest and garlic into plastic bag. Let pork chops marinade in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.Pork chop grilling sauce2 ounces Morkes 53 percent cocao dark chocolate2 tablespoons light brown sugar1 tablespoon Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion Oil2 tablespoons good olive oilSalt and pepper to tasteSimmer water in a double boiler or saucepan and a bowl that is placed over the pan on stove. Place chocolate in double boiler until melted. Whisk in brown sugar and Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion until incorporated. Slowly whisk in olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.Mango Salsa1 mango diced1 plum tomato diced¼ red onion diced½ cup cilantro leaves finely chopped½ lime juiced¼ teaspoon melted Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion OilPinch cayenne pepper1 teaspoon sugarCombine the mango, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice and Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion Oil, cayenne pepper and sugar in bowl.Broccoli Raab20 to 25 broccoli raab with leaves stalks trimmed1/8 teaspoon Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion Oil2 tablespoons butter1 tablespoon coconut milkSalt and pepper to tasteBlanch broccoli raab in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove shaking off excess water. Place in blender along with, 1/8 teaspoon Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion Oil, butter and coconut milk. Puree until blended. Salt and pepper to taste.Coconut Infused Mashed Potatoes3 pounds golden potatoes8 tablespoons of butter cut in 8 pieces½ cup coconut milk¼ teaspoon Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion OilSalt and pepper to tasteWash potatoes and place in a large stock pot filled with water. Do not peel potatoes. Add salt to the water before boiling. Boil potatoes for 25-30 minutes or until soft when poked with fork. Drain potatoes and in small batches pass through potato ricer into a large bowl. Place butter in the bowl. Using a hand mixer mix the butter and potatoes until smooth. Add coconut milk and Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion Oil, salt and pepper mixing until incorporated.Savory Chocolate Sauce2 ounces Morkes 53 percent cocao dark chocolate2 tablespoons coconut milk¼ cup low sodium chicken broth1/8 teaspoon cinnamon1 garlic clove smashed4-5 cilantro springs2 whole cloves garlic2 tablespoons finally ground almonds¼ teaspoon Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion OilSalt and pepper to tasteSimmer water in a double boiler or saucepan and a bowl that is placed over the pan on stove. Place chocolate in double boiler until melted. Whisk in coconut milk, chicken broth, cinnamon, garlic, cilantro, cloves, almonds and Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion Oil. Continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes or until sauce thickens. Salt and pepper to taste. Strain sauce in bowl.To cook pork chopsDrain the pork chops and pat dry removing any pieces of the garlic. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes covered.Preheat grill to medium high and create a cool zone. For charcoal move all coals to one side for gas do not light one side. Brush pork chops with grilling sauce. Place pork chops on the preheated side of grill. Grill each side for 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer chops to cool zone, cover and grill for 10-12 minutes or until chops register 145 degrees. Transfer to a plate cover tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes.

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    Darla Pitts’ Pork Mole on Ghost Pepper Hash with Broccoli Raab Salsa Verde

    Darla Pitts’ Pork Mole on Ghost Pepper Hash with Broccoli Raab Salsa Verde
    Broccoli Raab Salsa Verde- 1/2 lb tomatillos, husked- ½ bunch of broccoli raab, thick stems removed- ½ cup chopped white onion- 4 cloves of garlic- 6 sprigs of fresh cilantro- 2 jalapeño peppers, stemmed- 1 Tbsp of oregano- ½ tsp. of cumin- 1 cup of waterIn a blender or food processor, combine the tomatillos, broccoli raab, onion, garlic, jalapeños, cilantro with a ¼ cup of water and process to a coarse puree. Place in a medium size sauce pan and add remaining ingredients. Heat until boiling and then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place salsa in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for an hour.Pork Mole- 1½ lbs. of boneless pork chops- 12 ounces of Dr Pepper- 1 Tbsp Smoked ghost pepper coconut oil- 3 cloves of garlic, minced- ½ cup onion- 1 8 ounce can of tomato sauce- ½ cup of chicken broth- 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter- ½ cup of dark- 1 Tbsp ancho chili powder- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon- ½ tsp. cumin- ½ tsp. Mexican oregano- 1 tsp. cornstarchPlace pork chops and Dr Pepper into a slow cooker on low for 3 hours. In a medium sauce pan, heat the coconut oil and cook onion and garlic until translucent (roughly 5 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, whisking every couple minutes. Shred pork chops with a fork and add mole sauce to the slow cooker. Combine mole and pork well, leave in slow cooker on low for an additional 30 minutes, then serve.Ghost Pepper Hash- 3 sweet potatoes (large dice)- 1 poblano pepper (medium diced)- 1 small white onion (medium diced)- 2 cloves of garlic minced- 1/3 cup of ghost pepper coconut oil- 1 tsp. Mexican oregano- ½ tsp. ground black pepper- Salt to tastePar bake potatoes in microwave for 8 minutes after dicing. In a medium size skillet, add ghost pepper coconut oil and put on medium heat until the oil liquefies. Add potatoes, pepper, onion, and spices into the skillet and cook to golden brown (approximately 12-15 minutes). Add garlic approximately 43 minutes before hash is finished.ExtrasEggsTortilla shellsHot sauceTo plate: Place hot hash onto a plate as your base. Top with pork mole and eggs prepared to your liking. Serve with a side of Broccoli Raab Salsa Verde. You can also warm corn or flour tortillas to accompany the dish. And for those that like a little more heat, add your favorite hot sauce. Recipe serves 4.Darla Pitts

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    Daniel Imburgia’s Spicy Chocolate Raspberry Drizzled Cajun Pork Chops with Southern Style Broccoli Raab

    Daniel Imburgia’s Spicy Chocolate Raspberry Drizzled Cajun Pork Chops with Southern Style Broccoli Raab
    4 boneless pork chops (1 to 1.5 inches thick)2 Tbsp Creole Seasoning1 Tbsp Olive Oil1 cup cooked long grain rice1 bunch of broccoli raab1 smoked turkey neck or smoked turkey wing4 cups chicken stock3 Tbsp ghost pepper infused coconut oil3 Tbsp raspberry preserves2 Tbsp Morkes 53 percent dark chocolate2 Tbsp A1 sauceSaltBlack pepperCrushed red pepper1. With 1 Tbsp of Creole seasoning, coat pork chops generously, set aside.2. Place 1 Tbsp of olive oil in cast iron skillet and set to medium heat.3. In a large pot, place smoked turkey neck, chicken stock and 1 pinch of crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil and then place broccoli raab inside and cover with lid. Allow to boil for 20 minutes or until tender.4. In a separate pot, start spicy chocolate raspberry sauce by melting 3 Tbsp of ghost pepper coconut oil on low heat. Once the coconut oil is melted, add 3 Tbsp raspberry preserves, 2 Tbsp dark chocolate and 2 Tbsp A1 sauce. Allow ingredients to melt together stirring frequently until well combined, simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened slightly.5. Sear pork chops for 2.5 minutes per side in cast iron skillet for medium-rare. Remove and set aside and allow to rest for 15 minutes while broccoli raab finishes cooking and the spicy chocolate raspberry sauce simmers to thicken.6. Remove smoked turkey neck from pot and peel off meat from the bone, stir back into broccoli raab and add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.7. Stir 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning into cooked white rice and place on plate. Place pork chop on top of rice and drizzle with spicy chocolate raspberry sauce. Top with Southern style broccoli raab and drizzle more sauce over the top of the entire dish.8. Serve immediately.Daniel Imburgia

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    Chuck Federici’s Ghost-Oberfest

    Chuck Federici’s Ghost-Oberfest of Pork Schnitzel, Warm German Potato Salad with Braised Sweet and “Ghostly” Broccoli Raab
    Boneless Pork ChopsMorkes Dark Chocolate meltsNOW Foods Smoked Ghost Pepper Coconut InfusionBroccoli Raab from AMITAYukon Gold potatoesBaconOnionChicken StockApple Cider VinegarLemonBrown SugarAppleEggFlourBread CrumbsOlive OilPork Schnitzel2 Tony Finer Foods Boneless Pork Chops (split into 4 cutlets)1 cup flour1 cup Seasoned Breadcrumbs1 egg3 tablespoons Olive OilPlace pork cutlets in Saran Wrap and pound with a mallet to about 1/8 inch thick.Set up breading station of flour, egg and bread crumbs, lightly coat cutlets in flour shaking off excess, whisk egg in bowl then dip cutlet into egg, then into bread crumbspressing into bread crumbs to coat solidly.Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in large skillet, cooking over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side until crispy browned.Salt and pepper to taste. Warm German Potato Salad1/3 cup Morkes Dark Chocolate melts5 Yukon Gold potatoes1/2 pound bacon1/2 medium Red Onion1/2 cup Chicken Stock1/4 cup Apple Cider VinegarPlace peeled and halved potatoes into a medium sauce pan, cover with water, add 1 tablespoon Salt to water, bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for 20 minutes or whenpotatoes are fork tender.Place 1/3 cup of Morkes Chocolate melts into freezer for about 1 hour, put chocolate in Saran Wrap and break up into pieces with a mallet.Chop bacon into small pieces and saute on medium heat when bacon is crispy add diced onion. Next, add chocolate pieces, stock and apple cider vinegar, simmer for 15 minutes until chocolate melts and thickens sauce. Next, add warm potatoes and cook until most of the sauce is absorbed. 10-15 minutesAdd Salt and Pepper to taste.Braised Sweet and “Ghostly” Broccoli Rabe1 bunch Amita Broccoli Rabe 3 Tablespoons of Now Foods Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar1 Tablespoon Salt1 small Apple dicedTrim stems, leaves and florets of broccoli raab, rinse in cold waterFill medium sauce pan with water and salt, bring to a boil add broccoli florets for 30 seconds then add the leaves cook for another 30 seconds, drain in colander, running under cold water.Place medium sauce pan on medium heat add 3 tablespoons of Ghost Pepper Coconut Infusion add broccoli raab and diced apples. Next add, brown sugar and toss to coat evenly then add in apple cider vinegar. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutesWill serve 2-4Chuck Federici

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    Mark Clemens’ Breaded Pork Chops (Tonkatsu) with Japanese Barbecue Sauce and Broccoli Raab

    Mark Clemens’ Breaded Pork Chops (Tonkatsu) with Japanese Barbecue Sauce and Broccoli Raab
    (serves 4)Breaded Pork Chops• 4 boneless pork chops (fat trimmed, pounded to approximately 1/2” thick)• 2 eggs• 1 cup all-purpose flour• 2 cups panko bread crumbs• 1/3 cup Ellyndale Smoked Ghost Pepper infused Coconut Oil• salt and pepperJapanese Barbecue Sauce• 1/4 cup ketchup• 2 T. Worcestershire sauce• 2 T. soy sauce• 1 T. Mirin• 1 tsp. sugar• 1 T. Dijon mustard• 2 tsp. applesauce• 1 T. rice vinegar• 1/4 tsp. garlic powder• 2 T. (3-4 drops) Morkes Dark ChocolateBroccoli Raab• 1 lb. broccoli raab• 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced• 1/4 tsp. Red pepper flakes• 2 T. Canola oil• salt to tasteBroccoli Raab Seasoning• 1 T. soy sauce• 2 tsp. rice vinegar• 2 tsp. toasted sesame oil• 1 tsp. sugarPrepare SauceMix all ingredients in heavy small sauce pan over low heat, stirring often, until chocolate is melted. Set aside.Prepare broccoli raabTrim off tough 2-3” bottom stems of broccoli raab. Fill large pot with water and bring to a boil.Prepare large bowl of ice water. Mix broccoli raab seasoning in small bowl.Blanch broccoli raab in water 3-5 minutes or until crisp tender. Plunge into ice water to cool and drain in colander.Set aside.Prepare pork chopsWith a fork, mix up eggs in one shallow bowl. Prepare two additional shallow bowls, one with flour and one with panko. Set up bowls in order — 1) flour, 2) eggs and 3) panko. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in large saute pan.Season pork with salt and pepper. Dredge chops first in the flour, next in the egg and then the panko. Sauté in coconut oil until nicely browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels for 3-4 minutes.Meanwhile heat canola oil in another saute pan until hot. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté until lightly browned. Add the broccoli raab and then the broccoli seasoning. Cook until sauce thickens slightly.Serve on plates using the barbecue sauce as a dipping sauce or spooning on top of the pork. Sparingly drizzle a little warmed coconut oil over the finished broccoli raab. Serve with the broccoli raab and steamed white rice as an accompaniment.Mark Clemens

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    Ben Blake’s Peppercorn-Crusted Pork Chop over Peanut Satay Broccoli Raab with Spicy Dark Chocolate Rosemary merlot sauce.

    Ben Blake’s Peppercorn-Crusted Pork Chop over Peanut Satay Broccoli Raab with Spicy Dark Chocolate Rosemary Merlot Sauce
    Ben Blake’s Peppercorn-Crusted Pork Chop over Peanut Satay Broccoli Raab with Spicy Dark Chocolate Rosemary Merlot Sauce

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    Rachael Kunst

    Meet the judges for Cook of the Week Challenge Round 2
    Meet the judges for Round 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge: Michael Pennisi, Daniel Rich, Chef Suzy Singh, Chef Ahmed Azizy and Chef Rachael Kunst.

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    Red lentil and chicken slow-cooker soup is thick from the lentils, and fragrant with cumin and coriander.

    Red lentil and chicken slow-cooker soup is perfect for tailgating

    This red lentil and chicken slow-cooker soup has tailgating or sidelines or postgame meal written all over it.

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    Trick-or-Treat Beef Stew and Bloody Bones make a perfect meal for after trick-or-treating — without having to slave over a hot stove.

    Trick-or-Treat Beef Stew makes the perfect post-Halloween fun meal

    Penny Kazmier shares her family's favorite post-trick-or-treating meal: Trick-or-Treat Beef Stew, which cooks in a slow-cooker and is served with Bloody Bones — a garlic breadstick dipped in your favorite marinara sauce.

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    This image released by Animal Planet shows the Irwin family, from left, Robert, Terri and Bindi. The Irwin family is returning to television's Animal Planet, 11 years after the death of "The Crocodile Hunter" star and family patriarch Steve Irwin. The network announced Wednesday that they will work with Animal Planet on television and digital projects that will begin being seen next year. (

    Family of late 'Crocodile Hunter' back at Animal Planet

    Terri Irwin, widow of 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, and their children, will be back making television for Animal Planet.

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    FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014, file photo, Diana Ross presents the Dick Clark award for excellence at the 42nd annual American Music Awards. ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced on Oct. 18, 2017, that Ross would receive a lifetime achievement honor and perform at the upcoming ceremony on Nov. 19. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

    Diana Ross to perform, be honored at American Music Awards

    Diana Ross will receive a lifetime achievement honor at next month's American Music Awards and will celebrate with a performance on the live broadcast next month

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    FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, Ann Dowd, from left, winner of outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, Elisabeth Moss, winner of outstanding lead actress in a drama series, and Alexis Bledel, winner of outstanding guest actress in a drama for "The Handmaid's Tale" pose in the press room at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Nielsen company, which has long measured viewership of television programs, announced Wednesday, Oct. 18, says it has a way to collect and widely spread details about how many people watch programming produced by streaming services. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Nielsen says it will report on who's watching streamed shows

    The Nielsen company says it will now report how many people are watching shows on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon

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    Have some leftover baked potatoes crowding your refigerator? Try this recipe from Alton Brown of the Food Network. M. Eileen Brown/ebrown@dailyherald.com

    Leftover Baked Potato Soup
    3 tablespoons butter1½ cups finely diced leeks1½ tablespoons minced garlic6 cups stock (chicken or vegetable), hot4 -5 large leftover baked potatoes, cut in half with the pulp scooped out and put through a ricer1½ cups buttermilk½ cup sour cream½ cup grated Parmesan cheese2½ teaspoons kosher salt1 teaspoon pepper2 tablespoons sherry vinegar¼ cup minced chivesIn a large saucepot, over high heat melt the butter and add the leeks and garlic. Cook over medium heat until they are translucent. Add the hot stock and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the riced potatoes, buttermilk, sour cream, and grated Parmesan. Add this mixture to the soup, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and add the sherry vinegar. Garnish with chives.Serves four.Adapted from a recipe by Alton Brown on foodnetwork.com

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    Red lentil, fennel and chicken slow-cooker soup
    RECIPE: Red lentil, fennel and chicken slow-cooker soup

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    Trick-or-Treat Beef Stew and Bloody Bones make a perfect meal for after trick-or-treating — without having to slave over a hot stove.

    Trick-or-Treat Beef Stew and Bloody Bones
    RECIPE: Trick-or-Treat Stew and Bloody Bones

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    Chili Bean Apple Jack Stew is a healthier version of a recipe Ellie Krieger made from the first cookbook she owned: “Moosewood Cookbook” by Mollie Katzen.

    Even with a healthful tweak, this savory vegetable bake stays sumptuous

    Chili Bean Apple Jack Stew is a healthier version of one of dietitian Ellie Krieger’s favorite recipes.

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    Chili Bean Apple Jack Stew

    RECIPE: Chili Bean Apple Jack Stew
    RECIPE: Chili Bean Apple Jack Stew

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    Video gambling machines are multiplying throughout Illinois. A new report says that in 2017 they produced more revenue for the state than casinos for the first time.

    Editorial: Keeping video gambling numbers in perspective

    A Daily Herald editorial says that while the state continues to collect increased revenues from video gambling, a broader look at the numbers leaves plenty of room to question the activity.

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    Protesters, consider those you support
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: To all professional athletes in the United States of America. What are you doing personally to improve the health, welfare and lives of those you are protesting for?

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    Message to Hollywood
    An Antioch letter to the editor: During the last several days, revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s conduct with women over, not the last few months or years but, the last decades has surfaced very publicly.

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    Thank you, senator
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Our thanks to Senator Corker for his “intestinal fortitude” to speak up.

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    A defiant Tom Petty
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Years ago, a DJ out of Chicago summed up the song “I Won’t Back Down” with a remark, “A defiant Tom Petty.”

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    Congress should target credit card interest
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: If our Congress really wanted to help the middle class, then they should pass legislation to reign in the usurious interest rates charged by credit card issuers.

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    Congress should target credit card interest rates
    If our Congress really wanted to help the middle class, then they should pass legislation to reign in the usurious interest rates charged by credit card issuers. Why should these firms be allowed to charge usually 14-25 percent interest? Also, why are they allowed to charge late fees of $25 to $35 for missing a payment in that range? No wonder so many people are drowning in debt and filing bankruptcy. Congress should pass laws restricting interest rates on balances to 6 percent (600 basis points) over the prime rate set by the Federal Reserve Bank. Also, late charges should be forbidden. If cardholders miss two payments, their credit cards should be canceled. I believe these actions would help the middle class immensely, even more so than the ”huge tax cuts” to come, which we hear about ad nauseam. We all know that the top 2 percent will make out really well, and the Middle class not so much. John P. BradyHanover Park

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    A defiant Tom Petty
    Years ago, a DJ out of Chicago summed up the song “I Won’t Back Down” with a remark, “A defiant Tom Petty.” The phrasing and sense of his words seemed certainly perfect but as fleeting as anything else.Las Vegas just happened Oct. 1. It happened to all of us and we don’t know why. We can only try to wrangle it into some purpose, some ultimate reason, but most of the time it’s useless in this too-often-clouded stream of events, of information, of pain and sorrow.Tom Petty’s songs came into our own lives at different moments so entirely specific to our lives that it is something that is not comprehended from each of our perspectives. The only thing we could have agreed upon is that they meant something, they offered us some kind of sense, some kind of unalterable information, a truth.Petty’s heart finally broke Oct. 1. It broke for a reason that he could only have ever sensed. But in that final expression, that last unalterable breath of logos out of his own existence among us, we were in an ineffable conversation and a tangible communion. His word, his truth, his suffering for flight gave us a necessary choice to go with him one last time to look out above Oct. 1’s dark clouds to realize that our hearts could stop breaking so separately. We all already knew, but we all might have forgotten, that you can stand us up at the gates of hell, but we wont back down. A defiant Tom Petty.Matthew SullivanPalatine

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    Why we’re appalled by players’ behavior
    An Algonquin letter to the editor: There were three things my father loved, his family, his country, even though he lost his brother in the Vietnam War, and football, the Bears.

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    Many to thank for K-9 Frisbee event
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I’d like to thank the great Daily Herald for all the support and coverage of our K-9 Frisbee World Championship over Labor Day weekend.

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    Ship USA is sinking
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: So now Donald Trump is bringing up 40-year-old incidents to justify ending the Iran nuclear deal.

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    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
    Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon

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