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  • Cook of the Week Challenge: Geddes's pear-glazed meatloaf, Allen's stir-fry earn them spots in Round 2 Sep 17, 2014 7:28 AM
    For incorporating pear into a glaze for her Modern Meatloaf, Geneva mom Emily Geddes advances to Round 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge. She will face Denise Allen of Hanover Park who impressed the judges with her garlicky-anchovy noodles and stir-fry. Find out what the judges said about their recipes and which cooks won Fan Favorite honors.

  • Lawyer: Thicke exploited in 'Blurred Lines' suit Sep 17, 2014 7:10 AM
    Robin Thicke's attorney says the estate of Marvin Gaye exploited the singer's “moment of personal vulnerability” in an attempt to prove that the hit “Blurred Lines” was a ripoff of a Gaye hit. The estate sued Pharrell Williams and Thicke over the song last year. In a deposition, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, Thicke says Pharrell Williams did much of the writing on the Grammy-nominated song and says, “I was just lucky enough to be there when he wrote it.”

  • Sawmill sculpture provides ‘right element’ for Naperville nature center Sep 17, 2014 9:57 AM
    As Naperville Park District’s new Knoch Knolls Nature Center approaches its grand opening Oct. 2, Chicago artist Lucy Slivinski thinks she might have installed the finishing touch. “And then we put up this piece and it was just like the right element that sort of made everything make sense about why that park is there and its relationship to the river,” Slivinski said.

  • Bon Appetit: Saint Alphonsus kindergarten students get cooking in the classroom Sep 17, 2014 9:44 AM
    Last week the kindergarten class at Saint Alphonsus Liguori School in Prospect Heights tightened their aprons and secured their toques as part of a cross-curricular language arts project.

  • Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it’s something most people can handle without worry. For the many people who suffer from allergies, though, the allergens in dust-mite feces and body parts can lead to chronic sinus problems and coughing, among other symptoms. Luckily, homes can be made more livable for allergy-sufferers — and less amenable to dust mites — in just a few steps.

  • Cook of the Week Challenge contestants get creative with $10 and a canned corn Sep 17, 2014 1:43 PM
    Find out what Molly Sutton and Aban Daboo cook up with a can of corn and $10 to spend on the other ingredients in this week's Cook of the Week Challenge, budget-style.

  • Round 1, Challenge 5: Rainbow trout, honey whole wheat bread from Great Harvest Bread Company, apples courtesy of Alexian Brothers Health Care and hoisin sauce Sep 17, 2014 1:42 PM
    Check out what Roberta Fahey of Arlington Heights and David Rench of Spring Grove did with apples, trout, hoisin and Great Harvest bread for this week's Cook of the Week Challenge recipe matchup.

  • Trout Cakes with Asian Apple Slaw Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    David Rench cooked up Trout cakes with Asian apple slaw for his Challenge recipe.

  • Sweet Potato and Apple Stuffing Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Apple and Sweet Potato Stuffing makes a good accompaniment to Roberta Fahey's Asian Trout.

  • Sweet Corn-Chicken-Rice Soup and Chicken Fritters Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Aban Daboo had $10 and a can of corn and came up with a chicken chowder for her budget challenge.

  • Asian Slaw Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Apple-carrot slaw spiked with ginger and Sriracha accompanies David Rench’s Asian Trout Cakes.

  • Charcoal Beef Lettuce Wraps with Black Bean and Corn Salad Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Molly Sutton turned $10 and a can of corn into grilled beef lettuce wraps with black bean-corn salad for her Cook of the Week Challenge budget challenge

  • Cook of the Week Challenge: Cheese queen, baking winner join judging panel Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Get to know the people who are evaluating recipes in the 2014 Cook of the Week Challenge.

  • Whole grains and honey make for healthy snack cake Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Since she was a child Melissa d'Arabian has been sweet on honey. She fondly recalls a sweet apple-honey Rosh Hashana-style torte. Now she adds a dollop of honey to sweeten smoothies or iced tea. She steeps it with rosemary and brushes it on salmon, or drizzles it on top of ricotta or Greek yogurt with roasted fruit for a quick dessert.

  • Honey Applesauce Snack Cake with Orange Glaze Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Whole grains and honey make this applesauce cake with orange glaze a healthy snack with loads of fiber.

  • Roberta’s Asian Trout with Apple and Sweet Potato Stuffing Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Apple and Sweet Potato Stuffing makes a good accompaniment to Roberta's Asian Trout.

  • ‘Guest’ a thrilling nod to 1980s horror schlock Sep 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    After proving they could knock-off a conventional home-invasion thriller in “You’re Next,” director Adam Wingate and writer Simon Barrett go totally bat-poop crazy with “The Guest,” a Frankenstein’s stew of horror, suspense, military and action genres seasoned with nervous black humor, synthesized 1980s vibes and tough female empowerment.

  • Sergio Mendes spreads joy of Brazil’s music Sep 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Sergio Mendes continues his mission of spreading the joy of Brazilian music to a global audience on new album “Magic.” At 73, Mendes doesn’t indulge in nostalgia, instead offering mostly new songs that he wrote or co-wrote, blending contemporary styles with Brazilian rhythms in sometimes unexpected collaborations with musicians from different genres.

  • Go for the food: The ultimate beer run in Vermont Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing interest in great beer, chances are good you’ve heard of Heady Topper, the intensely hoppy, grapefruitily-delicious American double IPA by The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, Vermont. It is wildly popular, famously hard to get, and always comes emblazoned with the admonishment: “Drink from the can!”

  • Compost Happens: Tips for making it happen right Sep 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, “Compost Happens.” Sometimes, however, it doesn’t happen fast enough. That problem usually can be traced to some limiting factor in what a pile is fed, or to issues of moisture or aeration.

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