{lifestyle} SEARS (@Sears) Love/Hate Project Turns Reviews Into Charitable Contributions

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Sears invites customers to give back to their favorite charity by participating in the retailer’s “Love/Hate: Share Your Thoughts, Send Some Love” project. Starting today, customers have the opportunity to review a product in order to vote for one of four charities. The participating charities competing forthe grand prize of $100,000 include the American...

{Trib Local} Interview with Chicagoland Food Swap curators @frenchfoodiemom & @westoftheloop

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On Sunday, June 3, 2012, Chicagoland Food Swap will be hosting their third swap at Hinsdale’s Savory Spice Shop on 42 South Washington Street from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.The idea of a food swap is nothing new. Taking your own handmade foods and swapping, or bartering it for another’s dates back...

{lifestyle} Kids Live Well: Healthful Choices, Happy Kids

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The National Restaurant Association (NRA) created the Kids Live Well program to help both restaurants and consumers have better access to healthier choices when eating out, making “the healthful choice, the easy choice” for parents.In collaboration with Healthy Dining, a group of registered dietecians who have worked with the NRA for over two...

Hyatt Regency Chicago & Momma Cuisine: Dinner Benefiting @FoodRev & Purple Asparagus (@purpleaspchi)

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{pics} #FoodieChats Celebrates its One Year Anniversary at Union Sushi (@eatatunion)

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#FoodieChats and creator Steve Green (@steveGOgreen) celebrated it’s one year anniversary yesterday in popular Chicago sushi and barbecue restaurant, Union Sushi (@eatatunion).#FoodieChats is a weekly Twitter chat with a community that reaches well over 150 million impressions with hundreds of followers every week.  With this much community support and followers from all over...

Cooking for Rae (@raelt): Four Burners Going

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Photo courtesy of Rae Lewis-ThorntonMany of you may not know Rae Lewis-Thornton. Rae is a woman I met last summer at the Brands & Bloggers Summitin Chicago.  She was radiant, beautiful, well-spoken and extremely dynamic.During a question and answer session with the panel speakers, I then learned that she was the “Diva Living...

{Trib Local} Morton’s Steakhouse Winemaker Dinner Series with Peter Mondavi of Charles Krug Winery (pics)

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On the evening of March 3, 2012, Morton’s Steakhouse on 65 East Wacker Place along with Peter Mondavi, Co-Proprietor of Charles Krug Winery, hosted the first of four dinner series in 2012 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation . This event has been ten years running and a popular (and insiders) draw at Morton’s...

{lifestyle} Sonoma in the City Chicago

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Sonoma in the City recently came to Chicago’s favorite wine bar and restaurant, Bin 36 on 339 North Dearborn Street led by Chef John Caputo, to showcase nothing else but the fabulous wines of Sonoma County, California.  With about 52 wineries present at the event, it is truly a wine enthusiast and experts...

{Momma Cuisine Show} A Taste of Season 2

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When I first began my journey as Momma Cuisine, I simply wanted to share my love of food and cooking, and chronicle my experiences in my blog. Through the process, I have rediscovered my long lost love of writing, particularly food writing, which was what I went to college for at...

{Trib Local} Market Visit: Mitsuwa Marketplace (pics)

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Gourmet cooks and wanna-be's alike, should never be intimated of the Asian market. The thought of walking in a place where people speak little English is one of the biggest worries. Other's complain of seeing "weird" ingredients. What's weird in my book are those who stock their pantries with boxes...

{Trib Local} Artizone.com helps Chicagoans support local growers and food artisans

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All photos courtesy of Artizone.comSupporting local food artisans and farmers are on the forefront of many people’s minds…I know it is on mine! But for a “typical” busy American family, although eating locally is a good idea, it may not be as easy or appealing as it sounds.While pregnant with my...

{recipe} Blueberry Green Tea Matcha Smoothie

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Like many busy moms, eating a healthy breakfast is usually last on my list of things to do on a hectic weekday morning. Packing lunches, making sure each kid has brushed their teeth, and a million other things crosses my mind…not breakfast.As mothers, thinking of our families well-being before ourselves comes with...

{Trib Local} Market Visit: Lemon Tree Grocer (pics)

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Lemon Tree Grocer is located on 935 West Burlington Avenue in Downtown Downers Grove and opened it’s doors in August 2010.I first heard about Lemon Tree through Twitter last year. As someone who sincerely enjoys perusing through markets, I was interested in finding out more about this market and their full-service...

#TalkStew on Tout: How can we support our local food pantries?

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On Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, I co-hosted an event “Because We Care” for a local food pantry called, Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry. The event turned to be a huge success where I met my goal of raising at least $1,000 for Loaves & Fishes.Food is obviously something that I not...

{lifestyle} "Because We Care Event" for Loaves & Fishes

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Amazing food prepared by event co-host Johanna Cook of Momma Cuisine and Jennifer Cannon of Cupcake Whimsy. A downtown Naperville home opened to a good cause and beautifully decorated by event co-host and homeowner Doreen Schweitzer of Doreen Schweitzer Interiors, Ltd. An evening to raise money for Loaves & Fishes set to the tunes...

{virtual cooking class} Slow Cooker Game Day Recipes w/ Chef George Duran

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On Tuesday, January 31st, TheMotherhood.com hosted a Virtual Cooking Class with Chef George Duran (@GeorgeDuranEats), and sponsored by ConAgra Foods.Chef George talked about simple game-day recipes that can be made in the slow cooker. The slow cooker was unanimously a favorite for preparing meals for although the process “slow”, it saves tons of time in...

{Twitter Party} #lifestylechat with @Loaves_Fishes on Wed 2/8; 7pm CST

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Join #lifestylechat guest host @maritramos, founder of  A Savings Wow for an hour long live chat with@Loaves_Fishes during our fundraising event to raise money to help them continue to help feed local families in need.We will be discussing The Power of Community To Change Lives, and share ideas about we can all serve and support our...

{lifestyle} Virtual Cooking Class w/ TheMotherhood.com and ConAgra Foods

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What: A virtual cooking school class called Game Day and Slow CookerRecipes.  The class is part of the Cooking Connections series on TheMotherhood.When: Thursday, February 2, at 1 p.m. ET.  It will last 30 minutes.Where: TheMotherhood ­ here is the link to the page where the class will beheld: http://www.themotherhood.com/talk/show?id=62363About the...

{Trib Local} Market Visit: Angelo Caputo's Fresh Market

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I love going to markets like a fashionista loves Oak Street, and quite the grocery store connoissuer. Every week, sometimes even twice a week, I take a trip to the market that takes at minimum two and half hours.I have spent my entire adult life around food, working in restaurants....

{lifestyle} Do's and Don'ts of New Year's Resolutions

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Tis’ the season for resolutions!Anything from the typical weight loss and smoking challenge, to mending broken relationships, reconnecting with long-lost passions, and finally finding the guts to  start a small business, the new year always helps to make people start anew.However, with setting new challenges, many people fall off the...