20. Barrington EATS: The Forbidden Fruit for Tasty Tuesday

Grapefruit is the Tasty Tuesday Ingredient of the Month for February

It’s Tasty Tuesday time again at District 220 schools, and the ingredient of the month for February is grapefruit.  Tasty Tuesday is a new healthy eating initiative in our elementary schools where students are served a sample of a fruit or vegetable on the first Tuesday of each month.  Then, the same food item will be offered intermittently on the school lunch menu for remainder of the month.

Tasty Tuesday at Barrington District 220 Schools

Tasty Tuesday at Barrington District 220 Schools

Since the district also recommends we try to serve our kids the food of the month in our own homes, we have a family-friendly recipe for you try, starring the ingredient of the month.  I couldn’t be more excited to share a few tips about serving grapefruit, which is my favorite fruit and affectionately known as “The Forbidden Fruit” by those, like me, who love it.

Grapefruit is the Tasty Tuesday Ingredient of the Month for February

Grapefruit is the Tasty Tuesday Ingredient of the Month for February

Others may just remember the grapefruit diet fad and perhaps only think of grapefruit as a cleanser for the fruit’s low glycemic index, which helps the body’s metabolism burn fat when digesting. It’s also a great provider of Vitamin C, fiber and lycopene and can help lower cholesterol. These are all good reasons to incorporate grapefruit into your diet. But how about because it tastes great? And I find it truly reliable in texture and flavor in all seasons.

I agree with District 220’s Tasty Tuesday program that we should all try to get our families to eat more grapefruit. Grapefruit has a reputation for being bitter, which happens if you get a bite with too much of the abundant pith, the part that surrounds and separates the segments. Here is a way to cut the fruit that eliminates the majority of the pith, and allows you to easily eat or carve out just the juicy pulp…

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13. Barrington EATS: Heinen’s Fine Foods for Better Health

Heinen's Wellness Consultant, Kady Shipley - Photographed by Julie Linnekin

With the season of New Year’s resolutions in full swing, Heinen’s Fine Foods in Barrington is making it easier for us to stay on target and reach our health and wellness goals in 2013. In fact, they have a whole department in the store dedicated to subject, their Wellness Resource Center, and we decided there’s no better time than now to get to know the center’s resident wellness expert, Kadi Shipley.

Heinen's Wellness Consultant, Kadi Shipley - Photographed by Julie Linnekin

Heinen’s Wellness Consultant, Kadi Shipley – Photographed by Julie Linnekin

With a degree in dietetics from the University of Akron, Kadi is in charge of answering questions about the thousands of products Heinen’s carries to help us improve our diets for better health.  “The research is there for why eating healthy is important, but what people need to embrace individually is how good eating-well makes you feel. If people experience stress, fatigue or discomfort with their bodies, I want them to understand there are ways to eat that can solve these problems.”

When it comes to the latest health foods, drinks, vitamins and supplements available today, Kadi’s tried and tested hundreds of products.  So we asked her to share a short list of things to know and products to help improve our daily diets.  She boiled it down to eight great recommendations…

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354. Master Your New E-Reader at the Barrington Area Library

Generic Tablet Computer and book - Digital Library Concept

 Always up on the latest trends in technology, The Barrington Area Library is helping patrons get techie with a series of upcoming classes about how to use those new e-Readers that you received as gifts this year. Experts at the library will be showing patrons how to check out library e-Books for your e-Reader during … Read more…

115. 3rd Annual Ice House Mall Antique & Garden Show

Ice House Mall Antique and Garden Show Sale

This prematurely-warm March weather may have you taking a closer look at your winter-crippled garden earlier than normal this year.  So the timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Ice House Mall’s third annual Antique and Garden show sale which starts today in Barrington.

You’ll find plenty of ideas, inspirations and items to help you revive your indoor and outdoor décor at this year’s show. Presented by Barrington antique dealer and merchant, Tivoli Garden Antiques, the FREE event runs through this Saturday, March 17th, and features a variety of vintage home and garden furniture, jewelry, clothing and accessories for sale.  Ice House Mall Marketing Director, Maria Straussner says, “It’s a nice event for the community to come do something different…

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108. See The Lorax to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 108th Birthday

Post - Dr.-Seuss-The-Lorax

 Today is March second, you know what they say A great man in history was born this day If he were here now, he’d be one hundred eight It’s too bad he’s not because his books are great Some called the man Ted, but most knew another name for this boy who learned rhymes from … Read more…

99. Give it Up for “Melty the Snowman”

Post - Snowman Contest Winner

Well it turns out our recent snowstorm didn’t produce the best kind of snow for making snowmen. They couldn’t create the fleet of Frosties I’d envisioned during St. Matthew’s Snowman Building Day last weekend. But we still managed to find a winner for our 365 Barrington Snowman Contest. I just CAN NOT allow the Sweet Spot candy prize to go uneaten! Plus, I have this little policy of finishing what I start. So I set out to find our 365 Barrington Snowman Contest winner and I didn’t have to go far.

But I did feel like a big dork when my neighbor caught me taking a picture of the week-old, half-melted snowman in their front lawn. She says he looked a lot cuter last week.  She’s the same neighbor who recently watched me back out of the driveway, crash into our babysitter’s car and then drive away to get my daughter to preschool on time. So I think this one deserves a drumroll….

And the winner of the 365 Barrington Snowman Contest is…

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95. ‘Express Yourself’ at Photo Exhibit’s Opening Night

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

What would you picture if you were asked to photograph something that makes you laugh, cry, something you love, something beautiful or something you can’t live without?  Your images would undoubtedly speak volumes about your values, your personality and the people who matter to you most. Barrington portrait photographer, Thomas Balsamo, recently posed that challenge to 28 area special needs children in a contest called Express Yourself. With the help of special needs advocacy group, Barrington Area Special Voices, this project is the latest way Thomas has used his lens to both enlighten and empower.

"Express Yourself" Photo Contest, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

For the Express Yourself Photo Contest, Thomas armed contestants with cameras, confidence and a few tricks of his trade.  He paired them with local photography experts, encouraged them to explore and inspired them to share their feelings creatively.

Express Yourself Artists in Action, Courtesy of Thomas Balsamo

He rewarded their work with prizes and praise.  The project became the focus of his latest book and a brand new photography exhibit debuting in Barrington this week.  And now here’s where we come in…

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85. “C” is for Cookie at Community Church of Barrington

Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk 2011

Bakers throughout Barrington have been busy all week preparing for tomorrow morning’s 38th Annual Community Church of Barrington Cookie Walk. If you want to see what “selling like hot cakes” looks like, don’t be late. Last year, they sold out of cookies in just over an hour.  So be sure to show up early because goodies found at the Cookie Walk make THE BEST “homemade” holiday gifts for neighbors.  They look just like you baked them yourself.  But …. shhh … don’t tell anyone I’ve let you in on this sneaky cookie tip.  I wouldn’t want my own neighbors to know my little holiday secret ;).

Here’s how it works, for $10, you can buy a “one pound” box and fill it with your own hand-picked assortment of cookies in all shapes, sizes and colors…

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83. “A Christmas Carol” at Prairie Middle School

Eighth Grader, Scott Jonske, as Scrooge at Prairie Middle School

He’s cold.  He’s cranky.  And he’s coming soon to a theater near you! Ebeneezer Scrooge and the cast of A Christmas Carol will take the stage at Prairie Middle School this weekend and I hear eighth grader, Scott Jonske, plays one mean miser!

Eighth Grader, Scott Jonske, as Scrooge at Prairie Middle School

Because we could all use a close encounter with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come from time to time, the students at Prairie Middle School have been working hard to prepare for this weekend’s performances.  They’ve practiced their lines, fine-tuned their adaptation and hope we’ll come out to see the shows this Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  After all, it’s just not Christmastime until you hear at least one “Bah Humbug!”

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74. 8th Annual Barrington Taste Fest and Expo

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Once a year in Barrington, the finest local chefs all come together in one place to serve up a special menu of featured dishes for diners to sample. It’s called the Barrington Taste Fest & Expo, it’s happening Thursday night, October 27th, at the Millrose Restaurant in South Barrington and tickets are selling fast, but still available.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

The event is organized by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce as a way to help the community get acquainted with some of the latest offerings made by local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, breweries and wine representatives.

Courtesy of the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

But it’s not just about the food. While you sip and sample, you’ll also be able to mingle with exhibitors representing Barrington businesses in a wide range of categories, including medical professionals, retailers, financial and real estate advisors.  They’ll be sharing the space to feature their products and services while raffling great prizes. And the Chamber puts a fun spin on the event by giving you a passport when you walk through the door…

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