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  • Young Hearts for Life: How screenings may help save our children Aug 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Kathryn Bender couldn’t know it, but her death may have saved Christopher Storm’s life. In her memory, thousands of teens are screened annually for undetected cardiac disorders. One such screening led to the diagnosis of Storm's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. "If (the screening) hadn’t found this disease, I would be another student who could have collapsed with no warning," Storm says. "I may not have survived."

     
  • Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection Aug 20, 2014 5:45 AM
    Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people were added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.” Show creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick along with NBC donated objects to the National Museum of American History.

     
  • In a jam? It’s time to think outside the PB&J Aug 20, 2014 6:01 AM
    Fruit spreads account for some $959 million in sales a year in the U.S., where some 1 billion pounds are produced, according to the International Jelly and Preserve Association. And the leading variety? Strawberry, followed by grape, then raspberry. Besides making a PB&J, what else are they good for? Plenty, as Associated Press Food Editor J.M. Hirsch found out when he asked some pros how they use jams and jellies.

     
  • Geneva Concours d’Elegance celebrates ‘the art of the car’ Aug 20, 2014 8:01 AM
    This Sunday, the streets of downtown Geneva will be filled with cars and car lovers, when the 10th annual Concours d’Elegance rolls into town. The event will showcase 175 invitational cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. Car clubs are expected to display about 100 more cars in the Kane County Courthouse parking area as well.

     
  • Culinary adventures: Eating, preserving, sharing vegetables from the garden Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM
    Penny Kazmier's desire to consume and preserve her precious summer produce has driven her to pickle cucumbers, jalapenos and even green tomatoes. Cucumber, tomato and onion salad has been on her dinner table almost every night; and she has zucchini shredded, measured and frozen for future zucchini bread recipes. Her favorite was to use up her garden's bounty has been Lynda’s Garden Vegetable Casserole. The hearty casserole won “two-thumbs up” from even the veggie-adverse around the table.

     
  • Watercress wrapped in nutritious glory Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM
    A recent study at William Paterson University in New Jersey ranked the top “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” based on the nutrients they provide per calorie. What topped the list? No, not kale or spinach (though they didn’t do too badly). The most powerful of the powerhouses was watercress.

     
  • Lynda’s Garden Vegetable Casserole Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM
    Eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes come together in a cheesey summer casserole.

     
  • Shrimp-Watercress Summer Rolls Aug 20, 2014 8:01 AM
    Shrimp Watercress Summer Rolls highlight the newest superfood, watercress.

     
  • Sweet Pea Pet Parade Scheduled for August 24 Aug 20, 2014 7:30 AM
    All pets are invited to join the pet parade starting in Towne Square on August 24 at 11:30.

     
  • Plant waters grow into hot beverage market trend Aug 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Soda and non-fresh juice sales are flat or slipping slightly, but plant-based products like coconut water — along with other alternative beverages such as kombucha and tea-based drinks — are growing, particularly those sold alongside your fruits and veggies, according to data compiled by market research firm Nielsen. “The one area of the store where we are just seeing phenomenal growth is the produce department,” says Sherry Frey, health and wellness expert for Nielsen.

     
  • Keep hostas ‘in the blue’ by controlling a few factors Aug 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Blue hostas are fascinating types. Imposters all, their leaves are really green! A waxy coating, called cutin, is responsible for the blue color we see — the thicker the coating, the bluer the hosta. You can keep your hostas ‘in the blue’ as long as possible by controlling some environmental and cultural factors.

     
  • For parents, back to school means back on lunch duty Aug 20, 2014 6:13 AM
    Ready for another 180? Sure, you’ve braced your kids for the early mornings. You’ve bought them their shoes and shirts and binders and book covers. You’ve even scheduled their haircuts and made sure their backpacks can handle another year of abuse. But have you prepared yourself for another 180 school days of packed lunches?

     
  • Do-ahead dinner makes back-to-school smoother Aug 20, 2014 7:01 AM
    A do-ahead dinner can be a lifesaver as families get accustomed to their new school routines. So we created this easy, kid-friendly ham and cheese casserole that can be prepped and refrigerated the night before, then just popped in the oven the next evening.

     
  • Easy Overnight Ham and Cheese Casserole Aug 20, 2014 7:01 AM
    Overnight Ham and Cheese Cassrole takes just 20 minutes of active time and leaves you with a weeknight dinner everyone will want to sit down for.

     
  • From the Food Editor: College cuisine from food service and beyond Aug 20, 2014 11:13 AM
    Food editor Deborah Pankey didn't think the dorm food at University of Illinois was half bad, but granted that was a few decades ago before she developed a food critic's palette. Still, she was surprised that her alma mater didn't land on The Daily Meal's list of the 75 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2014. Only two Big 10 schools made the list — Northwestern and Purdue. University of Chicago and Wheaton College also got a nod.

     
  • ‘Little House’ star Melissa Gilbert coming to Naperville Aug 20, 2014 2:21 PM
    Television personality Melissa Gilbert, child star of “Little House on the Prairie” and former Screen Actors Guild president, will visit Naperville next month to discuss her new book, “My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours.” Gilbert’s appearance is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18.

     
  • School supplies drives ease back-to-school costs for needy families Aug 20, 2014 2:07 PM
    School supply drives at College of Lake County and Elgin Community College are among the many events and efforts across the suburbs aimed at easing some of the rising back-to-school costs for low-income families.

     
  • Times that test us help build character Aug 20, 2014 2:10 PM
    Although none of us likes going through these tests, God uses them as a valuable tool to build character in us.

     
  • The Hypocrites’ epic theatrical event ‘All Our Tragic’ triumphs Aug 20, 2014 5:46 PM
    “All Our Tragic” is many things. A bold, galvanizing effort from adapter/director Sean Graney, this compilation of the 32 surviving Greek tragedies — in its world premiere at The Hypocrites — is an epic event in every sense of the word. Years in the making, Graney’s four-part theatrical marathon unfolds over nearly 12 hours (including intermissions and dinner breaks) in a loft-like storefront in Chicago’s Wicker Park. A fresh retelling of oft-told tales of love and betrayal, war and vengeance, duty and pride, “All Our Tragic” is contemporary, conversational and cannily crafted. It’s also hugely entertaining. But more than anything, “All Our Tragic” is a labor of love.

     
  • Vernon Hills skunks: Aug 20, 2014 5:21 PM
    Skunks are not an issue this season in Vernon Hills, according to Police Chief Mark Fleischhauer.

     
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