Well Being

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Windy City Cuisine Blows Hot and Cold

By Herb Gardener – Walking on the sidewalk and feeling hotter than a matchstick, Flora and I went searching for loving spoonful of representative Chicago fare. While Frontera Grill met expectations, we were burned by a legendary local dish. Deep-dish, stuffed, Chicago-style — the pizza goes by many names, but the descriptor that captured the …

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Flat Out Delicious

By Chef Judi Gallagher – Cooking magazines and TV shows are full them and so are restaurant menus. What? Flatbread. The word sounds like what it is. Essentially, flatbreads are, well, flattened pieces of bread. And as we all know, bread is pretty fantastic by all by itself. In fact, it’s one of my favorite …

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American Meatout Month is March

By Marsha Fottler – This month we celebrate an unusual national movement, The American Meatout, which intends to focus attention on how much meat we eat in this country and how it might be good for our health and our food budgets (not to mention the environment) if we made a concerted effort to eat …

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WELLBEING: Seasons 52, a Winning Concept

By Chef Judi Gallagher & Marsha Fottler The two of us eat at restaurants all over the country all the time, since it’s part of our job and because we are just unrepentant foodies. Consequently, we have the opportunity to evaluate a lot of restaurant concepts that come and go. We love Seasons 52, which …

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Chocolate, Food of the Gods (and you too)

by Olivia Maria Braida – As a botanical artist, traveler and lover of the taste of chocolate, my talent and taste buds come together when I work on a series of paintings that illustrate the chocolate tree, its flower and especially its pod (the part that produces the bean that results in chocolate). I respond …

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Going Kosher

By Herb Gardener – According to the Mintel market research company, Americans spent $12.8 billion on kosher food in 2008, up 64% since 2003. The majority of shoppers surveyed claimed perceptions of kosher-certified food as offering safety, health and quality as justification for their purchase, not religious observance. Kosher food was sold at the Super …

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Vegetarian’s Best Food Holiday

By Marsha Fottler – Surprise, the most food-friendly holiday of the year for vegetarians is Thanksgiving. Think about it; if you ignore the big bird on the table everything else there is a sumptuous melange of fruit and vegetables from mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing (sometimes two kinds), bean, corn, broccoli casseroles, cranberry sauce, pumpkin or …

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WELL BEING: The Skinny on Cocktail Calories

By Chef Judi Gallagher. Maybe it’s TVs Mad Men or the fact that vodka and gin makers are turning out fabulous fruit-infused liquor, but cocktail hour is back and you don’t have to be left out just because you’re dieting. And you don’t have to run four miles to burn off a mixed drink or …

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WELLBEING: Breaking The Diet Cycle

By Anna Dantoni. Dr. Michelle May, who is an established and popular author, public speaker, teacher of wellness workshops and a formerly overweight person, is brilliantly positioned as the right authority to pen the book Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat and so she has. May is clear at the outset that is …

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