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  • Stir it up: Toasted cheese warms up cold winter nights Feb 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    Some cultures have institutionalized the toasted cheese sandwich. The French pair it with ham and coating it with bechamel sauce for the delicious Croque Monsieur. England has its grilled-cheese-and-ham “toasties,” which is called a “tosti” in the Netherlands. In the United States, we dip the ham-and-cheese sandwich in an egg batter, fry it, and call it a “Monte Cristo.” A Vermont dairy company, the Cabot Creamery Cooperative, celebrates the dish with the “Ver-Monte Cristo.”

     
  • 3 men 1st to get reconstructed bionic hands after amputation Feb 25, 2015 9:47 AM
    Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs. The three men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as "bionic reconstruction," which includes a voluntary amputation, the transplantation of nerves and muscles and learning to use faint signals from them to command the hand.

     
  • Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf Feb 25, 2015 5:41 PM
    Pressed by both conservative and liberal justices, Abercrombie lawyer Shay Dvoretzky said employers would get into trouble if they started making assumptions about people. “What we want to avoid is a rule that leads employers, in order to avoid liability, to start stereotyping about whether they think, guess or suspect that somebody is doing something for religious reasons,” Dvoretzky said.

     
  • Stir it up: Toasted cheese warms up cold winter nights Feb 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    High-quality cheese makes the sandwich. In this case, it's Vermont's Cabot Creamery cheese in this East Coast version of a Monte Cristo.

     
  • Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup Feb 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    Test curry powder before stirring it into this creamy cauliflower soup. Different manufacturers offer varying levels of heat.

     
  • Curry Powder Blend Feb 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    Homemade curry powder can add a kick to soups, stews and a variety of vegetable side dishes.

     
  • Believe Project: $100 to help students who lost home in fire Feb 25, 2015 5:30 AM
    The Daily winner of $100 through the Believe Project is Mary Kate Brooks of St. Charles, a teacher at a Norridge school who wants to help a family that lost its home in a fire.

     
  • A life coach may help put you on the right path Feb 25, 2015 10:37 AM
    I decided to add life coaching to my personal and professional skills about a decade ago after I read an article in a magazine that nurses make good life coaches. At the time I didn’t know what a life coach was, but through research I discovered many aspects of life coaching that appealed to me.

     
  • Improved farming practices mean healthier fish, healthier environment Feb 25, 2015 11:49 AM
    Americans consume 4.5 billions pounds of fish and seafood - and not all of it during Lent. With wild inventory limited, farmers step in to fill the gap. “With the population growing, we’re going to need to turn to farm-raised fish,” said Stacy Schultz, sustainability coordinator with Fortune Fish, a Bensenville-based company that provides fish to restaurants throughout the suburbs and Chicago. “Aquaculture has changed so much in 30 years.”

     
  • Smoked Rainbow Trout Frittata Feb 25, 2015 11:12 AM
    Smoked rainbow trout, available from Midwest fisheries, mingles with dill and eggs in a hearty breakfast frittata.

     
  • Whole Grilled Branzino Feb 25, 2015 11:12 AM
    Chef Peter Balodimas grills whole branzino, a farmed fish from Greece, and serves it whole with oregano and lemon at Shaw’s Crab House in Schaumburg.

     
  • Wasabi & Sesame Broiled Salmon with Quinoa, Roasted Red Peppers and Bok Choy Feb 25, 2015 11:13 AM
    Farmed salmon from Patagonia works well in this recipe for Wasabi and Seasame Broiled Salmon with Quinoa, Roasted Red Peppers and Bok Choy.

     
  • Clams and Bok Choy with Black Bean Sauce Feb 25, 2015 11:13 AM
    Cooking clams is easy; they tell you when they're done. Try them with bok choy and black bean sauce.

     
  • UK 1st country to allow creation of embryos from 3 people Feb 25, 2015 11:12 AM
    Britain has become the first country in the world to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three people, a technique intended to help mothers avoid passing on genetically degenerative diseases to their babies.

     
  • HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders' Feb 25, 2015 1:06 PM
    Artificial Intelligence scores high at arcade; Google program beats gamers at 'Space Invaders'

     
  • Wauconda restaurant hosts St. Baldrick’s fundraiser March 15 Feb 25, 2015 1:51 PM
    Middleton’s on Main in Wauconda is hosting a St. Baldrick’s fundraising event next month to help in the battle against pediatric cancer. The event, at which people will have their heads shaved for donations, is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 15.

     
  • After 2nd spacewalk, astronaut reports water in helmet Feb 25, 2015 2:06 PM
    Astronaut reports water in helmet after 2nd spacewalk for cable, lube work

     
  • Teaching teens to value life may help prevent suicides Feb 25, 2015 3:37 PM
    Reflecting on the increasing occurrance of teen suicide, our Ken Potts recalls the teachings of psychologist Rollo May, who suggests that the best way to prevent such tragedies is not by asking why someone would want to die but rather by giving adolescents good reasons to want to live.

     
  • Scientists witness carbon dioxide trapping heat in air Feb 25, 2015 4:06 PM
    More proof: Study sees climate change in action in the air, watching carbon dioxide trap heat

     
  • Andie MacDowell espouses taking care of yourself Feb 24, 2015 6:00 AM
    Seemingly calm and reserved, “Cedar Cove” actress Andie MacDowell is really a ball of energy. She’s been that way since growing up as a young girl in South Carolina. Even today, the soft-spoken 56-year-old admits that if she’s not doing something active for herself, she just doesn’t feel right. “So many people don’t want to do anything and find it drudgery to workout,” she says. “For me, it’s a gift. It’s something that I do for myself every day, and if I don’t get to do it, I’m not happy.”

     
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