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  • Mouse study finds extra oxygen may spur tumor-fighting cells Mar 4, 2015 2:34 PM
    Mouse study suggests high doses of oxygen can lower cancer's defense against immune cells

  • Believe Project: $100 for woman who lost one of two jobs Mar 4, 2015 5:30 AM
    The daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Lori Bougadis of Wheaton, who will give it to a cashier who lost her second job.

  • Avocado and White Bean Salad Wraps Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM
    The filling for Avocado and White Bean wraps can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; bring it to room temperature before making the wrap.

  • The Captain Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM
    ThinkFoodGroup cocktail innovator Juan Coronado calls his pisco-based drink, the Captain, “the Peruvian response to the Manhattan.”

  • “American Ingenuity” theme of Fox Valley Antiques Show Mar 4, 2015 3:29 PM
    “American Ingenuity” will be the theme of the upcoming Fox Valley Antiques Show on March 14-15 in St. Charles. The focus will be on design elements of our past, highlighting the ability of top decorators to incorporate those elements into today’s modern look. Blending “old with new” is currently evident in nearly every decorating magazine, catalog and TV show. Antiques are so commonly used that many of the top stores offer reproductions at prices much higher than the cost of an original.

  • County spay-neuter program extended through March Mar 4, 2015 4:35 PM
    Cook County’s annual partnership with private veterinarians to offer discounted spay and neuter services for pets has been extended through March.

  • Children in Southern California breathing easier, study says Mar 4, 2015 5:04 PM
    Study finds kids in Southern California breathing easier from cleaner air, have stronger lungs

  • Vegetarian Plate: A tastier wrap is in the bag Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM
    One key to great wraps is to make sure there's enough moisture in there. The wrapper -- a flour tortilla, lavash bread or generic "roll-up" -- is super-sturdy, which is what makes them good for transport -- and what also often makes them dry. This recipe for Avocado and White Bean Salad wraps caught Joe Yonan's eye. The ingredient that he thinks made all the difference was avocado.

  • Cafe mediocre: Americans are happy to gulp down bad coffee Mar 4, 2015 10:16 AM
    With upscale artisanal coffee brewers dotting city streets across the country, America might fancy itself a nation of high-end coffee drinkers. But just the opposite is true: People in this country, on the whole, are actually drinking worse coffee today than they have in the past. And the reason appears to be that they value cheapness over quality — and convenience over everything.

  • Consumer Reports: The whole truth about coffee Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM
    The headlines about coffee’s impact on your health seem to change as quickly as the time it takes to drink a cup, says Consumer Reports. Today's research shows coffee may lengthen your life and may make you happier. Keep reading to find out why else coffee may be good for you.

  • Peruvian pisco inspires cherry cocktail Mar 4, 2015 6:00 AM
    When ThinkFoodGroup cocktail innovator Juan Coronado was researching drinks for China Chilcano in Washington, he took inspiration from another of the South American country’s popular drinks: the Capitan, which he calls “the Peruvian response to the Manhattan.”

  • How bourbon explains everything about ‘Justified’ Mar 5, 2015 8:05 AM
    Bourbon is a wonderful thing, and perhaps no television show in American history has realized this, or had as much fun with it, as FX's “Justified.” A subplot of the show is that it’s (sort of) to bourbon what “Sideways” was to California wine — a lovingly told inside joke. The show is set in Kentucky, the drink’s ancestral home, and the producers have had a spirited time showcasing the stuff and making it an integral part of the plot.

  • How much sugar is in that? WHO says we're eating too much Mar 4, 2015 4:58 PM
    New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day - an amount that could be exceeded with a single can of soda. WHO says sugar should be no more than 5-10 percent of total calories.

  • McDonald’s to use chicken without human antibiotics Mar 4, 2015 10:12 AM
    McDonald’s says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. The Oak Brook-based company says the chicken change will take place within the next two years. The milk change will take place later this year.

  • Fossil jaw sheds light on turning point in human evolution Mar 4, 2015 1:06 PM
    Fossil jaw from Ethiopia moves scientists closer to turning point in human evolution

  • Sometimes things happen because of divine coincidence Mar 4, 2015 12:17 PM
    God’s hand is at work in everything we do. So why do we chalk things up to coincidence? Are they coincidences or miraculous signs? What do you choose to believe? Annettee Budzbun shares her experience.

  • Hoffman Estates hosts event for families with special needs Mar 4, 2015 3:33 PM
    The village of Hoffman Estates Commission for Disabled Citizens will host a series of presentations, vendor exhibits and hands-on experiences for families and individuals with special learning needs Saturday, March 14, at village hall.

  • Naperville students create healthy fare for future chefs challenge Mar 4, 2015 7:08 PM
    Twenty-eight fourth- and fifth-grade students in Naperville Unit District 203 put their healthiest snack creations on display Wednesday during a Future Chefs Challenge sponsored by food service provider Sodexo. In its fifth year, the contest aims to get students thinking creatively about making healthy choices. "When I think of healthy foods, I usually think of fruits and vegetables," 11-year-old competitor Nora Johnson-Guy of Naperville said.

  • Braising FAQ Mar 3, 2015 6:00 AM
    Molly Stevens wrote the book on braising, so we figured she has heard just about every possible question about the technique. Here are the ones she’s asked most often: Do you ever braise spring or summer vegetables? Absolutely! I’ve happily braised everything from peas and asparagus to radishes and green beans. The thing to keep in mind when you’re braising spring/summer vegetables is that your objective is not to tenderize. (They are already plenty tender.) Instead, you are braising to infuse flavor, so the braise will be relatively quick. For spring and summer vegetable braises, I like to braise on top of the stove (by the time the oven heats, the dish will be done; plus who wants a hot oven on a hot day?), and I keep the other elements light. Water or vegetable broth is my favorite warm-weather braising liquid, and a shower of fresh herbs to finish keeps everything bright. Are there vegetables that you would never braise? I’m more of a never-say-never kind of cook, so I wouldn’t say any vegetables are off the table. But there are certainly some that I’d rather cook by other means. For instance, I don’t love the way summer squashes collapse to mush when braised. Super-juicy vegetables, like tomatoes and tomatillos, don’t braise well, either; they just turn to sauce — not that that’s a bad thing. Can you serve braised vegetables as more than a side dish? It’s a cinch to turn a hearty pan of braised vegetables into a meal. Spoon them over your favorite grain (farro, rice or quinoa, or toss with pasta) and top with a handful of grated parmesan or toasted bread crumbs. I also love to pile braised vegetables into a deep-dish pie plate, add a top crust and bake it into a comforting potpie. Can you overcook braised vegetables? Although it’s not as easy to overcook when braising as it is when steaming or boiling, you can take it too far. The goal is tenderness but not mush. There is also an element of personal taste in doneness for braised vegetables; some people prefer their carrots with a little bit of bite to them, while others like them tender enough to cut with a spoon. Both are perfectly good options. The Washington Post

  • Italian Sausage Egg Rolls Mar 3, 2015 6:00 AM
    Italian Sausage Egg Rolls are fun, fusion appetizers that are hearty and pretty easy to make for a crowd.

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