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  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Tasty recipes from Weight Watchers

    Even though it’s still early days in the new year, many of us already are backsliding on well-intentioned resolutions about eating well.
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 4:44 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: Visiting the new, expanded Ream's

    A week before Christmas, my mom and I attended a work-related holiday party.After the party was over ...
    Jan. 8, 2017 - 8:29 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: Suggestions after wisdom teeth removal

    ’Tis the season for wisdom teeth removal. Seems everyone I run into lately has just had their teeth out, or knows someone who did. And three days befo ...
    Jan. 8, 2017 - 8:29 am
  • Good Natured: Recycling those old, worn-out clothes

    Note to readers: This is the second in a series of columns promoting ideas for sustainable living.I ...
    Jan. 8, 2017 - 8:30 am
  • Joan Knows: Observations and resolutions

    Old Faithful, our furnace, did a brownout one day last week.Mister Z spent the better part of the da ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • The Modern Domestic Woman: Changing one's definitions for 'working out,' 'self-care'

    I no longer subscribe to the idea of New Year’s resolutions, as I believe every day is an opportunity to start fresh. The year 2017 is ripe with oppor ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 5:23 pm
  • The Write Place: Beginning the college search process

    The year 2017 has arrived at long last, and with it comes a plethora of anticipation and new experiences. With the holidays over, it’s time to settle ...
    Jan. 5, 2017 - 9:32 am
  • Guest View: Shaw Media launches Neighborhood Tourist magazine

    Shaw Media NICHE, the Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald and Sugar Grove Herald have launched a new publication — The Neighborhood Tourist – and we ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 5:43 pm
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Discovering Italy’s modern cocktail culture

    Many of us know something about Italian food. But when it comes to Italy’s cocktail culture there’s a bit of a void.
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 10:04 am
  • Tales From The Motherhood: The great cookie crumble

    Christmas cookies, oh, how I love them! The variety, the colored sugar and memories made whilst baking them. I couldn’t wait to commence with our annu ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 7:05 am
  • Good Natured: Helping the planet be healthier in 2017

    Now that the Christmas excess has started to subside and the Hanukkah latkes are gone, the Kwanzaa candles have burned low and the Festivus Feats of S ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 7:06 am
  • River Town Chronicles: A Christmas tale offers up a New Year’s resolution

    Once upon a recent time, a senior couple from South Elgin, let’s call them Tim and Sally, decided to donate their fake-fir Christmas tree to charity. ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 8:44 am
  • Before the Diploma: Goodbye Christmas, hello new year

    This past week, I’ve felt like I’ve gotten no sleep. As I write this, Christmas is less than a week away, and I, just as many others, have been scramb ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 7:04 am
  • St. Charles Park District: Ice skating classes a sure cure for kids’ cabin fever

    For an active child, winter can be a challenge. It’s hard to run and play when frigid winds stop you cold. One of the best ways for kids of all ages t ...
    Dec. 29, 2016 - 5:30 am
  • Tom’s Cookbook Library: Batali shares Chicago deep-dish pizza

    Celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook writer Mario Batali takes readers of “Big American Cookbook” (Grand Central Life & Style) on a grand tour ac ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 7:44 am