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

Lifestyle
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

Lifestyle
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

Lifestyle
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...

{lifestyle} #CadillacRock event by Social Rev Up

Lifestyle
This past summer, Cadillac invited me to be a guest judge at their Cadillac Culinary Test Drive event at Oakbrook Center, an upscale shopping center just outside of Chicago.Tonight, I got another opportunity to partner with Cadillac in an event called #CadillacRock; an event hosted by Cadillac and Social Rev Up, a company that connects influential bloggers...

{technology & fashion} Motorola and Bloomingdale's team up for #MotoChic event (pics)

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Motorola teamed up with luxury and high-end retailer, Bloomingdale’s at 900 N. Michigan in Downtown Chicago, for an event called #MotoChic; combining the best of fashion and technology in Bloomingdale’s the New View on the 4th floor.Hosted by Motorola’s Director of Global Social Media, Blagica Blottigliero and Bloomingdale’s personal shopping manager, the fashion show showcased...

{recipe} Gluten-Free Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

Lifestyle
This fast and easy chicken salad has become a household favorite! My 5 year hates chicken but asks me to make this almost every week, and I am happy to do it! Its incredibly easy and though it yields enough to last for a few days, its usually gone in...

{recipe} Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies by Contributor Elaine Mullowney

Lifestyle
Every fall as the weather grows colder I find myself craving my favorite childhood treat! There is something irresistible and comforting about the aroma of cinnamon and spices filling the air when the leaves start falling off the trees and I begin looking forward to the holiday season!Because many holiday...

Recap: {virtual cooking class} Turning Left-Overs to Left-Uppers with Chef George Duran and TheMotherhood.com

Lifestyle
With celebrity chef, George Duran as the guest host and sponsored by ConAgra Foods and their new campaign Ready Set Eat in TheMotherhood.com, the topic of the day was how to turn Thanksgiving “Left-Overs to Left-Uppers”.Live streaming from his own kitchen, Chef George Duran, took turkey left-overs and turned them into completely new meals,...

{virtual cooking class} Turning Left-Overs to Left-Uppers with Chef George Duran and TheMotherhood.com

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 Join me with nine other bloggers for a virtual cooking class at TheMotherhood.com on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm EST, with celebrity chef and host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off” , George Duran.What: A virtual cooking school class called Turning Leftovers into Left-Uppers.¹ The class is part of the Cooking...

{review} Outback Steakhouse

Lifestyle
Because I cook so much at home, and because I have worked in upscale-casual restaurant concepts for a long time, going out to eat at chain establishments doesn’t excite me.Operationally, I expect chains to receive most (or all) of their meatsOperationally, I expect chains to receive most (or all) of...

{review} Standard Market Opens It's First Location in Westmont

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Standard Market is changing the game in the grocery store business. Today, I attended their soft-opening in Westmont, Illinois; the first location in the Chicagoland area with plans to open it’s second location in Naperville, Illinois sometime next year.I expected to walk into a “specialty” store type – like a smaller...

{lifestyle} Food and Fashion Collide at Lillian's of Naperville

Lifestyle
Let me preface this article by stating like so many mothers, since having children, I have not tapped into my inner fashionista in a loooooong time!With that said, getting the courage to ask a fashion editor of an extremely popular local lifestyle magazine to style me for my web-based cooking...

{lifestyle} Green City Market - Culinary Garage Sale & Bake Sale

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
Green City Market is  a non-profit farmer’s market operating in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, operating outdoors until late fall and indoors for the winter, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.Green City Market boasts being “Chicago’s only truly “green” farmer’s market supporting and promoting local, sustainable agricultural practices, the mission of Green City...

{lifestyle} Guide to Organic Shopping on a Budget

Parenting, Lifestyle
Organic food is no longer a fad and is definitely here to stay. My dad often chuckles at the organic food "craze" saying that is basically eating food the way "we used to eat". And he's right. Eating food that is pure, with no pesticides and preservatives have become on the...

{lifestyle} Fooditude.tv Taste of Fooditude 2011

Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle
In the Fooditude.tv website, their mission states, “Fooditude” is a reality based, multi-media program for “Tweens” (children ages 8 to 12) that keeps kids and food as its central theme.”Many reports are showing the rise in childhood obesity and diabetes that were once only thought of as diseases the adults inherited, come from...

{lifestyle} Soup's On Rotary fundraiser by The Rotary Club of Naperville

Parenting, Lifestyle
“The Rotary Club of Naperville has been bringing local Naperville community and business leaders together since 1941. “In it’s fourth year, the Rotary Club hosted a fundraising event called Soup’s On at Tellabs on Diehl Road on Sunday, October 17, 2011. The fundraiser was to benefit Loaves & Fishes,  Hesed House, and DuPage PADS.In...

{lifestyle} Chicago Ideas Week: Food Talk

Lifestyle
October 10-16, 2011, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) will bring the world’s top speakers together with Chicago’s best thinkers to create an ecosystem of innovation, exploration, and intellectual recreation.Like so many who are in deep in their social media interactions, I find out about events and news through my Twitter stream. This was...

{lifestyle} Oprah's Life Class on OWN Network

Lifestyle
Oprah’s Life Class is a new series of shows on her new television network, OWN. Each class dives into topics and lessons she has learned throughout her career, and penetrating deeper into the those questions and lessons.After each show is a live webcast on her website, Oprah.com and also streaming on Facebook where you can chat...

{lifestyle} Real California Milk: Modern Day Dairy Farm Tour 2011

Lifestyle
The Modern Day Dairy Farm Tour 2011 was hosted by the California Milk Advisory Board, who’s “Happy Cows Come from California” ad campaigns made celebrities out of their talking cow characters.The tour was staged in Southern California where a group of food writers and bloggers received the chance to see and...

{fashion} Chicago Fashion Connect features Crystal B. Designs

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Chicago Fashion Connect is a fashion promotions company, including fashion design, photography and modeling, who’s mission is to fill in “the gaps that exist in the fashion industry and removing the obstacles that stand between the emerging fashion talent and their success“.On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Chicago Fashion Connect featured Crystal B. Designs by local designer...