358. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: The Holiday Cheese Platter

 Heinen’s upcoming “Bubbles & Cheese” sparkling wine, Champagne and cheese tasting event inspired this week’s 4PM Panic post because there are times when a cheese platter is the simplest solution for dinner. One of my husband’s favorite meals is when I build some sort of cheese board with cheeses, meats, fruits, crackers, crusty breads and olives.  My whole family has ... Read more...

352. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Fresh Fennel Baked Salmon

 In this week’s Heinen’s 4PM Panic post we are steering clear of turkey.  I personally made far too much for the holiday this year and the leftovers are still waiting to be eaten.  With all the work involved in celebrating Thanksgiving and decorating the house, I wanted to share something completely easy with fresh salmon found at Heinen’s seafood counter. Have ... Read more...

337. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes Starring Five Simple Ingredients

 With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I thought it would be fitting to offer simple recipes for a few elegant side dishes to take some of the panic out of preparing your holiday feast. This week’s 4PM Panic post features my favorite dishes that make Thanksgiving dinner less daunting, inspired by five festive ingredients. 1. Cranberries There has always been a debate ... Read more...

332. Heinens 4PM Panic: Fresh Pasta in a Pinch

 I realize that this is the second week in a row that I have featured pasta for our Heinen’s 4PM Panic series.  The reality is that, sometimes, when 4 PM rolls around and I’ve been consumed by my day, I find myself with no plans or time for dinner and boiling water is the best I can do. Today, I’m ... Read more...

327. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Lemon Pepper Fettuccine

 I have recently taken on a project that has me working outside my home full time.  So this means, when I’m writing my Heinen’s 4PM Panic post, you can be assured that it is tried and tested.  I roll in about 6pm and am faced with a hungry crew.  This week I’m featuring Lemon Pepper Fettuccine.  It’s meatless but you ... Read more...

325. Menu Monday: Barrington TasteFest Offers Local Tastes in One Place

 The Great 2015 TasteFest hosted by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce lived up to its name, providing an amazing selection of local tastes in one elegant setting. Our Menu Monday feature this week is inspired by TasteFest, where we chatted with chefs as we sampled food and drink with friends. No guest at TasteFest walks away hungry, but we ... Read more...

321. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Easy Beef & Veggie Kabobs

 Our Heinen’s “4PM Panic“ series features dishes that take the stress out of weekday meal preparation and this week’s recipe is easier than any other in the series so far. Knowing that I would be strapped for time but wanting a good meal for my family, I stopped by Heinen’s to see what they had in their meat department already ... Read more...

317. Families Create Haunted Gingerbread Houses at ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana

 ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana has been getting into the Halloween spirit by hosting haunted gingerbread house making parties this month. Families gathered to put a spooky spin on the festive holiday creations during two workshops leading up to All Hallows’ Eve. Located at 5047 Shoreline Road, ZaZa’s is family-owned and offers authentic Italian food including quality steaks, pastas and brick oven ... Read more...

296. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Chuck Roast Carnitas Pizza

 When the work can be done ahead of time,  making dinner a quick assemble and 15-minute bake, it’s a winner. This is when that “4PM Panic” gets put in its place because you’re ahead with everything ready to go. For me, Chuck Roast Carnitas Pizza is just that kind of recipe. Carnitas translates to small meats. This cracks me up ... Read more...

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