Barrington Farmer’s Market

Photo Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello and

With the motto “Bringing Neighbors Together” the Barrington Village Association has run the Barrington Farmer’s market with the goal of bringing the community together as well as adding character to the historic Village of Barrington. Join us on Thursday’s for great fun and food! 

280. Heinen’s 4PMPanic: Late Summer Melon Salad

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 One last fruit and vegetable post before I succumb to the change of season and let the cool temperatures change my culinary focus to apple crisps, soups and comfort foods. This week’s Heinen’s 4PM Panic recipe involves one of my favorite kitchen tools,  the spiralizer!  Do you have one? What do you spiralize? You can get … Read more…

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…

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…

75. Meet Food Network Chef, Rob Bleifer, at Heinen’s

Food Network Chef Rob Bleifer will be at Heinen's from 1 - 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27

 If you like food, wine and celebrity chefs, there’s a two-day event that’s just for you happening at Heinen’s Fine Foods in Barrington this week.  The Food Network’s very own Executive Chef Rob Bleifer will be talking with shoppers about how he pairs his foods with wine at Heinen’s this Friday from 2 to 5 … Read more…

48. Barrington EATS: Cut Costs Cooking with Cabbage

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 When it comes to saving money on groceries, as you may know, I do not promote the use of coupons. Instead, I recommend you save money by stocking up on the ingredients you use when they are priced well.   If you follow the Smart Shopping tips on my Organizing Dinner blog and at my cooking … Read more…

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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346. Best of Barrington Survey Results: Sweet Treats

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Now that we’ve revealed all of the results in our Best Eats category of the 2012 Best of Barrington Survey here at, it’s time to sweeten things up a bit.  For these next survey results we’re taking a look at Sweet Treats, for those of you who want a little sugar in your bowl.

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Our readers have recommended their favorite places to satisfy your sweet tooth and here are the sweet spots that came out on top…

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