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The man on the train

A litany of children sticky with candy cane juice jammed the aisle of the Chicago Transit Authority holiday train, grasping for an early glimpse of Santa. Our entire suburban neighborhood, including my husband Sean and our two kids,…

Smoothie Pops

1 cup hulled strawberries 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 cup fresh raspberries 1 cup Greek yogurt 5 (1-gram) sweetener packets 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Blend strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, yogurt, sweetener, and vanilla extract in a…

Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup water 4 cups cubed watermelon 3 cups cold water 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 6 cups ice cubes Instructions Place the watermelon into a blender. Cover, and puree until smooth. Strain through a fine…

Strawberry goat cheese bruschetta

½ cup balsamic vinegar 12 slices Italian bread 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound strawberries, washed and diced 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, plus more for serving 1 cup goat cheese, room temperature salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste…

Cioppino – Fish Stew

Joe Scarpone, chef and owner of Savolo restaurant in Philadelphia, describes cioppino as a fish stew which has its roots in the Italian-American community that once dominated San Francisco's waterfront. Scarpone, who lived and cooked in…

Poppy Seed Kolache

This recipe makes a soft and delicious kolache, but like any bread recipe it can be tricky. My mom always said the more sticky you can keep the dough, the more tender the kolache will be. You have to be able to work with the dough,…