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Saturday, February 25, 2012

T.G.I. Friday’s nine layer dip copycat

Nine Layer Dip

Looking for a great dip recipe to bring to your next potluck, book club, or family get together? Why not try T.G.I. Friday's Nine Layer Dip recipe.
This bean dip is easy to put together and has all of the best ingredients that Mexican food has to offer; refried beans, bacon, cheese, taco seasoning, tomatoes, green onions, and so much more.
No need to wait for Cinco de Mio to throw on a sombrero and take out your maracas. Get ready to host a Mexican Night this weekend!
Click here for the recipe!

Central library: Ethnic food fest

Ethnic Food Fest

Celebrate the community’s diversity by coming to an Ethnic Food Fest sponsored by the Central Library in Schaumburg.
Experience a variety of ethnic dishes generously donated by area restaurants and delis, and served by students from local high school clubs.
While attendance is limited, no registration is required.
Click here for more information!

Ela area library: 1972 historic cooking

1972 Historic Cooking

Go back to the 1970s with the Ela Area Public Library as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary with special events throughout the month of February.
Join museum curator and dramatist Ellie Carlson as she takes you on a lively trip down memory lane. The 1972 Historic Cooking program will introduce 1970 recipes, a tasting of fondue, hot Dr. Pepper served in a crockpot, no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies, and more.
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25th annual spring arts and crafts show

Arts and Crafts Show

The Victor J. Andrew Music Parents Association invites you to its 25th annual spring arts and crafts show this weekend.
With more than 150 crafters and vendors with items ranging from jewelry to home decorations to food items, you can find something for everyone.
Click here for more information!

Knights of Columbus: Lenten fish fry and bake

Lenten Fish Fry and Bake

Looking for a tasty fish fry and bake that the entire family can enjoy? Then stop by the Knights of Columbus Centre and  Banquet Hall.
Enjoy an all-you-can eat wonderful fish meal with family, friends, and neighbors every Friday during Lent. Don’t worry, for those who prefer other meatless dishes the menu also includes cheese pizza, fries, mashed potatoes, salad, macaroni and cheese, coffee, and dessert.
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Italian lentil soup

Italian Lentil Soup

Looking for a hearty yet healthy soup to have for lunch or dinner on a cold winters day? Need some meatless ideas for no meat Fridays during lent? Then consider making this low fat, high fiber Italian Lentil Soup.
This soup combines the flavors of lentils, tomato puree, shredded cabbage, hearty vegetables, and seasoning to make a tasty and filling meal.
Click here for the recipe!

Wauconda business and community expo 2012

Wauconda Business and Community Expo 2012

The 9th annual Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Expo is this weekend.
At the Village of Wauconda’s booth, meet members of the Village Board as they help showcase information about Lake Michigan water, Electrical Supply Savings Programs, and much more! Also joining the event will be representatives of What's Up Wauconda, a new web-based community calendar sponsored by the United Partnership for a Better Community. 
The event features the 6th annual American Legion Post 911 craft fair  along with over 70 area businesses, municipal booths, clubs, and organizations. 
On Saturday, don’t miss the demonstration by MAXX the Police Dog, passport registration assistance through the US Postal Service, musician Terry Spizzirri, and the Illinois Treasurer’s Cash and Dash program.
On Sunday, visit with Dave’s Traveling World of Reptiles, music by Jeff Trudell, caricatures, and the Wauconda Scholarship Bowling Team.

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Ravioli bake

Ravioli Bake

Whether you are looking for a meatless meal perfect for Lent or want an easy lasagna style meal to make, this Ravioli Bake is just the meal you are looking for.
Made with large cheese ravioli, dice tomatoes, Italian cheeses, and your favorite spaghetti sauce this meal will be loved by every member of your family.
Round out the meal by serving it will a mixed green tossed salad and crusty garlic bread to soak up the sauce.
Click here for the recipe!

Jennifer Chiaverini book signing: The Wedding Quilt

The Wedding Quilt 

Come to the Warren Newport Public Library this Sunday to meet with author Jennifer Chiaverini. Jennifer will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel “The Wedding Quilt”.
The Wedding Quilt celebrates one of America's most romantic and enduring traditions.
Sarah McClure arrived at Elm Creek Manor as a newlywed, never suspecting that her quilting lessons with Master Quilter Sylvia Bergstrom Compson would inspire the successful and enduring business Elm Creek Quilts, whose members have nurtured a circle of friendship spanning generations. As the wedding day of Sarah's daughter, Caroline, approaches, Sarah's thoughts are filled with brides of Elm Creek Manor past and present—the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.
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Cookie dough dip

Cookie Dough Dip

Warning! If you love the taste of cookie dough, M&Ms, peanut butter, and chocolate than you need to get out a pen and paper now to start your shopping list for these delicious dessert dip.
Aptly titled “Monster Cookie Dough Dip” this dessert dip is reminiscent of cookie dough eaten straight from the bowl. This recipe makes a ton, so you have enough for one dip ball to take to a party and another to nibble on at home.
It is best served with graham crackers, but I am sure it is just as tasty with Salerno butter cookies, flat pretzels, or cinnamon flavored pita chips.
Click here for the recipe!

Hush puppies with remoulade

Hush Puppies

A hush puppy or cornbread ball is a savory, starch-based food made from cornmeal batter that is deep fried or baked in small ball or sphere shapes, or occasionally oblong or ring shapes.
The name "hush puppies" is often attributed to hunters, fishermen or other cooks who would fry some basic cornmeal mixture (possibly that they had been bread-coating or battering their own food with) and feed it to their dogs to "hush the puppies" during cook-outs or fish-fries.
Typical hush puppy ingredients include cornmeal, wheat flour, eggs, salt, baking soda, milk or buttermilk, and water, and may include onion, garlic, whole kernel corn, and peppers. The batter is mixed well, adjusting ingredients until thick, and dropped a spoonful at a time into hot oil. The small breads are fried until crispy golden brown, and cooled. Hush puppies are traditionally served with seafood including fried shrimp and catfish or Southern barbecued foods.
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Ela area library: Arts of the 1970s

Arts of the 1970s

As part of Ela Area Public Library’s 40th Anniversary celebration, the month of February is full of 1970 related special programs.
Don’t miss out on the Art of the 1970s. Jeff Mishur will present a slide lecture exploring Pop Art, Op Art, Earthworks, and Feminism as well as a variety of responses to the abstract art of the 1950s and 1960s.
Click here for more information!

Maryland crab cakes

Maryland Crab Cakes

The Lenten season has begun and that means no meat (only fish) on Ash Wednesday and the next few Fridays from now until Easter Sunday. Instead of the usual frozen fish sticks or fish sandwiches from the drive thru window of a fast food joint, consider making these tasty Maryland Crab Cakes.
Crab cakes are a regional favorite in coastal areas across the U.S., especially in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, where blue crabs are plentiful. Recipes for how to make crab cakes vary a bit by region, with some versions using significantly more bread crumbs or "fillers" than others. But they all have one thing in common: fresh and delicious crab meat.
If you happen to live near the coast, you obviously will have greater access to fresh crab meat. But living in the Midwest, you will find lump crabmeat is available in the seafood sections of most supermarkets across the country.
This recipe for classic Maryland crab cakes is true to the region, with ingredients such as Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley and, of course, Old Bay seasoning--a signature spice blend of the Chesapeake area that brings out the natural flavor of seafood. Crab cakes can be served as an appetizer or main dish; or put them on buns for crab-cake sandwiches.
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Shrimp po’boys

Shrimp Po'Boys

Creole cooking and recipes originated in Louisiana and blend French, Spanish, Caribbean, and other cuisines. A Creole dinner is the perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras.
These Shrimp Po’Boys are the perfect combination of Creole seasoning, shrimp, Remoulade sauce, and spices all wrapped up in a hoagie roll.
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CraftFancy: Card creations Feb 25

Card Creations

Is your handmade card stash running low? Are you looking for new card making ideas? Then CraftFancy’s Card Creations class is just what you are looking for.
Join creative designer Melissa as she teaches different card making techniques, from stamping, embossing, creative punching, sewing cardstock, and more! This class is perfect for you if you want to learn how to create fun and whimsical cards out of your leftover scrapbooking material.
This month’s theme is "Hello Friend" and you'll be creating five different cards using a few different patterns of paper and stamps.
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Dirty rice

Dirty Rice

It’s Fat Tuesday, so get out your Creole seasonings and whip up a batch of dirty rice for dinner.
Traditionally dirty rice is made with chicken liver, which gives it a "dirty" color. This recipe for dirty rice trades out the chicken liver and uses healthy lean chicken sausage instead.
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The best darned grilled chicken ever

Grilled Chicken

Paul Prudhomme and his restaurant K-Paul's have been the driving force behind the national popularity of Cajun food for almost 30 years. This recipe for “The Best Darned Grilled Chicken Ever” blends different spices to give the chicken a surprising and unique flavor.
If you don't have a grill, you can broil the marinated chicken pieces until a nice brown crust forms, then bake at 300º until cooked through.
Click here for the recipe!

Creole shrimp and sausage stew

Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew

Warm up cool evenings with a delicious stew that's just as good on its own or ladled over rice.
This tasty Creole Shrimp and Sausage Stew is perfect for Fat Tuesday, is simple to make, and uses easy to find ingredients from the grocery store. Tastes great with rice, inside a bread bowl, or served with crusty bread and hot sauce.
Click here for the recipe!