Arts, Entertainment, Living

Roast Chicken - Double Duty

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 12:03 PM Written by

Roast-ChickenContinuing with the "must-plan-ahead" approach to cooking, tonight's dinner falls into one of my few rules that should be followed - If you are going to have roast chicken for dinner, NEVER roast just one! The prep for dinner couldn't be simpler. Yes - the cooking time is longer than most of my dinners BUT you are cooking two dinners at the same time!!! Roast Chicken is one of the many meals you can cook ahead of time or the night before. Simply refrigerate until you are ready to eat. You can carve the bird once it finishes cooking and then reheat the portions needed for dinner. It really is that simple. 

And don't be afraid of roasting chickens! I roasted my first chicken 2 years ago and couldn't believe how easy it was! Not only is it easy and saves tons of time, but it is also very easy on your wallet! Your dollar can be stretched to the max by roasting two birds at once!

Like the saying goes - "Kill two birds with one stone" ... or dinner ... or something like that ... Laughing

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Top 10 Games of the Year

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 08:59 AM Written by

This piece is going to run in print in a few days, but I thought I'd post the list a few days before it goes to the press as an early holiday gift to you loyal and unwavering readers.  Since it's for print, space was limited which explains the short blurbs for each game. 

Stay tuned as we approach the new year for a more in-depth look at this year in gaming. 

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Reality TV = modern-day Rome?

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by

money_dropIn Sunday's TV Week we reported on Fox's "Million Dollar Money Drop," a new game show that premiered with ho-hum ratings last night, landing in third place.

Host Kevin Pollak, who primarily works as an actor (with a side gig as an online talk show host), described one of the appeals of TV programs like the one he's now hosting.

Read what he had to say after the jump. ...

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Christmas greetings from the far side

Tuesday, 21 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by

There's more to the holiday season than just the blues. Even BlueNotes knows that. But I couldn't resist this after I ran across it while looking for some Christmas music videos. It's not exactly traditional, but it is seasonal. I think it's from 1959. The great songwriting satirist Tom Lehrer had it just about right. Not much has changed, I guess.

And then there was another great satirist -- Stan Freberg. Tim Roolf, the Bonedog guy, sent me this one:

By the way, it is the holiday season, which mean that BlueNotes will be celebrating in multiple places over the long weekend coming up, so we may not always be here when you need us.

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Meatless Monday - Tortellini

Monday, 20 December 2010 11:39 AM Written by

tortelliniHappy Monday everyone!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are all staying healthy. Tonight's dinner from the menu is Tortellini. It is quick and easy and very kid-friendly. My kiddos LOVE tortellini! This recipe is served with your favorite marinara. You could use a jar sauce or pop out some of your homemade goodness from the freezer! If you look closely at the photo our sauce contains meat. Remember - my hubby doesn't appreciate a meatless dinner. Do you know anyone like that? Serve this amazingly delicous and easy dinner with fresh bread and a salad.

Unfortunately, tonight the menu in our house consists of chicken soup, crackers and ginger ale. Hopefully, our bug will be gone by the end of the week so we can enjoy all of the holiday festivities.

Have a GREAT day and stay healthy!!!!


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'Perfect Couples' is not so perfect

Monday, 20 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by

perfect_couplesNBC, seeing some decent ratings success with "The Sing-Off," announced late last week that it will sneak preview its new comedy "Perfect Couples" tonight at 10 following the "Sing-Off" finale in hopes of wooing "Sing-Off" viewers to stay tuned.

"Perfect Couples" has its time slot premiere at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20.

The episode airing tonight is not the pilot or a second episode sent for review, which are reviewed after the jump. ...


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Junk is Hot

Monday, 20 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by


Readers, this week's posts are dedicated to showcasing some local stores in case you are in need of a last minute holiday present or wanting to do some shopping for yourself! 

"Recycling is hot, junk is hot, traveling around and selling your stuff that you make in your home studio is hot," says Jeanne Cherry of Plum. "I'm living the dream."

Jeanne's dream is, an online and traveling shop specializing in upcycled jewelry that is sure to start conversations when worn.

After growing tired of her antique shop, Jeanne's love of junk and jewelry fueled her to start designing bracelets out of old typewriter keys she would find at auctions or in trash bins. She saw similar bracelets in high-end catalogues, but knew she could design and sell them at a more affordable price, while saving some typewriters from landfills. In addition, Jeanne has a line of necklaces made from old paper that includes words and music symbols.

So why words, symbols and numbers? Jeanne says she wanted her designs to have an intellectual appeal, as well as resonate with her first love... talking!

Visit Jeanne's shop online at I already have my eyes on a typewriter bracelet and skeleton key necklace.

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for another Clutch post!

UPDATE: Project Runway Season 6 finalist Althea Harper has rescheduled her trunk show at Jupe Boutique for tomorrow, December 21, 2010, from 5 – 8pm. Jupe is located at 2306 East Carson Street in the South Side.

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A Robin Rogers interview

Monday, 20 December 2010 12:00 AM Written by

I wrote last time about the death of blues singer Robin Rogers, who had been battling cancer this year.

I just ran across this interview she gave to NPR in September, even though she was obviously weak from treatment, but also obviously not ready to give up. It's a fine tribute to her spirit and her memory.

Go to this page and click on the "Listen Now" link at the top.


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