Category: food

Navigate your holidays with Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior

The integrity, etiquette, and discretion that guided General George Washington ring true today. The following highlights from the 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior may help you and yours avoid holiday drama. RESPECT Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present. In the Presence of Others... Read more »

Good news re: United Nations 17 sustainable development goals

Good news re: United Nations 17 sustainable development goals
Although I read heartbreaking stories every day about world hunger and violence, I am hopeful for the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals. The New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof shared on October 1st how much progress has been made toward achieving the former goals the United Nations set. These specific examples speak volumes. The... Read more »

Dirty Dancing review of the Chicago Broadway Musical

Dirty Dancing review of the Chicago Broadway Musical
The 1980’s movie Dirty Dancing is a rite of passage. The Broadway musical is an ode to the story and music that is a blast for any fan. Many of my college best friends, another dear friend from work, and I saw Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage when it debuted in Chicago in... Read more »
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A bit about the Italian Christmas Eve's Feast of Seven Fishes

A bit about the Italian Christmas Eve's Feast of Seven Fishes
I’ve heard of the Italian Christmas Eve’s Feast of Seven Fishes over the years, but never celebrated my own. Born and raised an Irish American girl, I always loved Italian culture. Their culture represents passion for family and life celebrated through meals, music and art. My husband is Italian American, but his family is from... Read more »

My Grandmas Thanksgiving cranberry sauce recipe

My Grandmas Thanksgiving cranberry sauce recipe
Another one of my favorite Thanksgiving dinner dishes is my Grandma’s homemade cranberry sauce. Some may cringe since there’s more sugar than fresh fruit, but enjoy! There’s health benefits for this traditional Thanksgiving and holiday dish. Not only is it delicious with turkey, but its nutrients boost your health and immune system with all its... Read more »

My Mom's Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing Recipe and history

My Mom's Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing Recipe and history
My earliest Thanksgiving childhood memories are of my brother, sister and I helping my Mom and her Mom. We ripped up loaves of bread every year to prepare her delicious Thanksgiving Turkey stuffing. I even dramatically cried the onions were too much for my eyes so I could watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on TV... Read more »
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Brunch is not for jerks

Brunch is not for jerks
The New York Times op-ed last weekend “Brunch is for Jerks” is self-explanatory. The article is a reaction to GQ magazine’s portrayal of how Julian Casablancas, the lead singer of the Strokes, moved away from Manhattan and its brunch scene. As a grateful lifelong brunch frequenter, I disagree. There was no such thing as a local brunch hot... Read more »

What to bring for Memorial Day BBQ Party

I’m happy to be a guest this upcoming Memorial Day weekend. That begs the question, what to bring your Memorial Day BBQ host? Here are a few options. What are other ideas? Ice cream is always a hit. Bring staples like vanilla ice cream with cones, gelato or make your own homemade batch! Homemade guacamole... Read more »

Shabbat Shalom before Passover

Shabbat Shalom before Passover
Thanks to my three-year-old son’s JCYS school for encouraging us to journal our family Sabbath. This guest post reflects our toddler’s explanation of Passover and his Schabbat helper experience. Dear JCYS family, I loved serving as Shabbat Helper now that winter turned into spring. Thank you for giving me another turn. This last Shabbat was... Read more »
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Seven smart things I did when single

Seven smart things I did when single
I got married at 30-years-of age before Chicago Meetups and dating apps. It’s easy to focus on finding Mr. Right and drown in the noise, but to be your best self (as my friends are) pays the most dividends. Like so much of life, being single can be a nerve wracking time. It’s also an... Read more »