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


 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…

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


 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!


 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…

174. Barrington Farmers Market Opens Thursday

Farmers Market Raspberries

 The 15th season of Barrington’s Farmers Market opens this Thursday, June 25th!  The weekly markets will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from June 25th through October 22nd and organizers have lined up an exciting list of vendors, entertainment and kids activities for this year’s season. This week’s featured vendors: Lainey’s Pawtique … Read more…

56. Northwest CASA’s Clothesline Project Awarded 2015 Power of the Purse Grant

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 The Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (CASA) has been named as the recipient of the 2015 “Power of the Purse” grant by the Barrington Area United Way. The $5,000 grant will be used to help fund CASA’s Clothesline Project, an international program designed to address the issue of violence against women. Barrington Area United Way … Read more…

20. Menu Monday: Frantonio’s Magnifico Sub Sandwich

Magnifico Sub at Frantonio's Italian Deli & Cafe

 It’s Menu Monday and time for this week’s look at a delicious menu item found at a Barrington area restaurant.  Today, I’m dreaming of an amazing sandwich you can only find at Barrington’s own Frantonio’s Italian Deli, Café & Catering.  The 20+ year-old deli owned by Franco and Patti Bruno is tucked away on the east … Read more…

9. FuntasTech Tutors’ 8 Must-Have Apps for the New Year

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 The teen founders behind the local startup FuntasTech are promoting a special offer with their technology tutoring service for the new year. They’ve come up with a list of eight must-have apps to help with everything from organizing recipes to storing passwords, managing medicines and even keeping our memories sharp and diets on track in … Read more…

364. Cryin’ Side of Town Performing at Grassroots’ New Year’s Eve

Cryin' Side of Town to Perform New Year's Eve at Grassroots Clothing & General Store in Barrington

 “Trailer Park Tango” is this year’s New Year’s Eve party at Grassroots Clothing & General Store in Barrington with live music, BBQ, pizza and a champagne toast at midnight! The party starts at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31st.  At 9:30, David Prusina and The Cryin’ Side of Town band will take the stage. Known … Read more…

Barrington Area Library Presents Madrigal Choir

Barrington High School Madrigal Choir Performs

The BHS Madrigal Singers are back by popular demand with a concert of classic holiday music. Enjoy the amazing voices, high energy, and good cheer of some of the most talented BHS students. Registration required and refreshments will be served.  Event will take place in the Meeting Room.