242. Epicure Bistro Cuts Ribbon to Celebrate Grand Opening

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 Epicure Bistro has officially cut the ribbon to celebrate their new location at 718 W. Northwest Highway in the Foundry of Barrington.  Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) board members joined village officials to welcome Epicure’s owners and staff with the symbolic and celebratory show of support. During the ribbon cutting event, guests toured the … Read more…

241. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Broccoli & Arugula Soup with Garlic Chips

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 Soup is often the saving grace when it comes to preparing a nutritious dinner on the fly.  This week’s Heinen’s 4PM Panic recipe is easy and delicious. My entire family enjoys it, especially the garlic chips. Why these do not have their own section in the chip isle is beyond me.  We would put these on … Read more…

233. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce

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 Avocados are on the short list of foods I can’t live without. We love them every way. Blended into smoothies, chopped into a salad, topped with a poached egg, in guacamole, of course, I’ve even blended avocados into brownies. Ok – truth – those didn’t go over well. I’m still working on that one. In … Read more…

232. Menu Monday: Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery Celebrates Grand Opening

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 Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery celebrated their grand opening at the Arboretum of South Barrington with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Friday. Smallcakes owners Cristina and Christian Aponte welcomed patrons with free frosting shots, face painting, raffles and special cupcake and ice cream flavors during the grand opening. Located … Read more…

226. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Steamed Clams with Tarragon

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 This week’s 4PM Panic recipe just may be the easiest one you’ll find. I wanted to make something that would remind me of my days at the shore.  A dish that could evoke simple summer afternoons filled with carefree timelessness, the feeling of sunshine on your skin and the briny scent of the sea air. … Read more…

220. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: BLT Pizza, Egg Optional!

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 Thanks to Heinen’s Grocery, I’ve just come up with another easy solution to help beat the 4PM Panic – you know – that time of day when your family’s hungry but dinner’s not even on your radar? I created this BLT Pizza recipe after a particularly busy day when I realized I had nothing planned … Read more…

212. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Peach Whiskey Barbecue Chicken

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 This weeks Heinen’s 4PM Panic recipe is one of my all-time favorites…Peach Whiskey Barbecue Chicken.  It’s great for a weekday with family or as a main dish for entertaining.  It’s easy but oh-so impressive.  Most cooks seem to have their four to six go-to recipes with slight variations. With our weekly menu ideas, hopefully you’ll feel … Read more…

206. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Grilled Salmon and Macho Pea Smash

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 It’s been a busy day filled with kids’ activities so our family’s dinner tonight needs to be easy. One quick stop at Heinen’s Grocery inspired a simple, healthy menu filled with the colors of summer. To help you during those times when hungry kids head to the pantry before you’ve even thought about dinner, we’re … Read more…

199. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Easy Enchiladas to the Rescue

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 You know that point in the afternoon when the kids come to you with growling stomachs and you have no clue what’s for dinner?  Believe me, it’s a feeling I know all too well.  With my own four children, I’ve learned a few tricks over the years about how to navigate this time of day, … Read more…

190. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Blueberry Chicken Chopped Salad

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 When afternoon rolls around and we’ve been busy all day, the panic of what to make for dinner can be paralyzing. You know that moment that you have two wet kids who just finished playing in the sprinkler, a third whose craft project is all over the kitchen table and a fourth who needs a … Read more…