Don’t Forget About Them Apples!

Box of green apples

The crunch of leaves under my feet, the pumpkins and bales of hay that adorn front lawns and the cool temperatures are just a few of the things I love about Fall. For passionate home-cooks like myself, the change of seasons also signals different foods that become abundant during the Fall harvest. Soups and stews […]

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Lights! Camera! Action! Celebrating the Work of Polish Film Directors

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Poland is known for many things—it's the country that introduced us to delicious little dumplings called pierogi and the country that scientist Marie Currie Skodowska called home. But Poland is also known for its many famous film directors. As we celebrate Polish American Heritage Month, I encourage you to check out some movies by well-known […]

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Just Like Baba Used to Make!

Pierogi on a plate

We're celebrating Polish American Heritage Month during the month of October. Did you know that Polish is the third most spoken language in Chicago? Yup, Chicago is home to about 185,000 Polish language speakers and many more that have Polish ancestry. Chicago also offers a wealth of authentic Polish restaurants—many can be found in neighborhoods on Chicago's […]

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Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Cherries on a cherry tree

We know life isn't always a bowl of cherries, despite how much we'd like it to be, unless of course you happen to be visiting Door County, Wisconsin. Aside from abundant cherry farms and roadside stands where you can pick up pints of fresh cherries, jams, cherry pie and even cheese with chunks of cherries in it, Door […]

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After You’ve Read Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Books stacked on a table

Women's fiction fans - we may be few but we're certainly proud! Sometimes it feels as if we are in a reading rut - waiting for our favorite women's fiction authors to come out with their next release. Believe me, I scour the web and have carefully organized lists of titles and authors and even upcoming […]

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

homegrown tomatoes, hot peppers and zucchini

Are you a veteran vegetable gardener? Do you spend hundreds of dollars each spring on flats of flowers? Or are you a rookie simply trying your hand at a couple tomato plants in the backyard and still trying to remember the difference between an annual and perennial? Whether you need some tips on how to get […]

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Fired Up for Grilling Season

ribs, garlic bread and cole claw

Memorial Day is around the corner and that means grills on balconies, decks and patios all across Chicago are starting to see some serious action (unless you're a hardcore king or queen of the Q and your grill knows no such thing as a polar vortex). Besides stocking up on propane or charcoal—the propane vs. charcoal is one of […]

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From Chicago, With Love

Shelves of paperback books

Are you a reader that is new to the romance genre? Have you picked up a romance novel and fallen in love with it? Maybe you're simply looking to try something new and venture outside your usual reading interests? I'd suggest picking up a romance. Romance novels have greatly evolved since your mother's or even grandmother's stacks […]

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Tis the season for Spring Cleaning

sponge and bucket

It's the time of year again when you start seeking opportunities to open up the windows, let the fresh air flow throughout the house and when it feels good to do some deep cleaning. If you've already started to scrubbing the walls, cleaning the dust lodged in between keys of your keyboard, wiping off juice rings […]

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Welcome to National Laugh at Work Week

Did you know that April 1-7 is National Laugh at Work Week? And the entire month of April is National Humor Month?  So now you have an official excuse to crack your coworkers up - although I am not sure the boss would find this as amusing and humorous as I do. The ability to […]

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