314. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Simple Whole Red Snapper with Israeli Couscous & Roasted Vegetable Salad

314. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Simple Whole Red Snapper with Israeli Couscous & Roasted Vegetable Salad

 Surprisingly easy and shockingly impressive, I don’t think many people appreciate just how simple cooking a whole fish is. Your Family will think that you went to culinary school. You can just giggle and know that dinner took no time and there was no panic. Heinen’s “4PM Panic“ series is all about dishes that take the stress out of weekday meal preparation. This week’s recipe … Read more…

307. Heinen’s 4PMpanic: Grilled Shrimp Souvlaki with Cucumber Dill Sauce

307. Heinen’s 4PMpanic: Grilled Shrimp Souvlaki with Cucumber Dill Sauce

 Simple things make me happy.  Any time I can prepare dinner that can be eaten on the run with little clean up, my life is easier and I am happy.  Grilled Shrimp Souvlaki with Cucumber Dill Sauce is perfect for this and you’ll find everything you need for this portable dish at Heinen’s Grocery in Barrington. I would like to have a sit-down dinner with my … Read more…

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

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

 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 one here. It cuts vegetables into long thin strands like pasta … Read more…

251. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Honey Mustard & Rosemary Chicken

251. Heinen’s 4PM Panic: Honey Mustard & Rosemary Chicken

 School is back in session and, although at first glance things seem easier to manage, they’re really not. While we’re adjusting to back to school schedules I thought a one-pan meal was a great idea. So this weeks Heinen’s 4PM Panic is Honey Mustard & Rosemary Chicken, packed with so much flavor you’ll want to bring the pan right to the table! INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 3 … Read more…

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

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 this week’s Heinen’s 4PM Panic recipe we elevate the every … Read more…

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

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

 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 inspired to expand your routine.  And, believe me, your family … Read more…

174. Barrington Farmers Market Opens Thursday

174. Barrington Farmers Market Opens Thursday

 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 Amazing dog treats and gifts – the perfect gift for … Read more…

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

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

 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 volunteers started the Power of the Purse initiative four years … Read more…

20. Menu Monday: Frantonio’s Magnifico Sub Sandwich

20. Menu Monday: Frantonio’s Magnifico Sub Sandwich

 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 side of Route 14 between the Barrington Area Library and … Read more…

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

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

 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 2015. If you know anyone who would benefit from apps … Read more…

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

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

 “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 and loved for their old-timey, Americana, country-folk music with a … Read more…