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A Valentine's Day ode to over-cooked chicken Read more

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Add this healthy meal to your family dinner repertoire in the new year Read more

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Who says a little lobotomy can’t make for a delectable Halloween dish? Read more

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Celebrate National Sandwich Month by adding these easy-breezy sandwiches to your back-to-school meal rotation. Read more

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July is National Picnic month and we have a recipe for outdoor eating success Read more

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Look for a trio of maple applications to bring a subtle sweetness to this vibrant and filling salad. Wheat berries bring a welcomed texture to this otherwise straightforward dish. Read more

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The French-style restaurant springs forward with some new dishes Read more

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My husband had a hankering for hamburger this week and I was more than happy to seek out a local burger worthy of satiating his longing for an iconic American meal. Read more

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Braised chicken and rice is comfort food at its best. Read more

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Oak Park Eats', Jackie McGoey, tastes the love in her mom's lasgana and lemon meringue pie Read more

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Oak Park was once known as the place where the pubs stop and the steeples start – but over the last few years the village, and its neighbors in the western suburbs, have gained a reputation for being the place where brew pubs and restaurants abound. Read more

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On the 4th of July, lively community parades beckon folks to line the streets in the morning and grand firework displays entice those very same people to leave the house at night. Read more

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After leaving our daughter, Emma, behind in the dorms at Temple University for the first time, my husband and I ate a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich for lunch. Read more

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Lemony notes in this surf and turf inspired salad preserve the vibrant green of buttery avocado while salty Parmigiano-Reggiano and briny capers bring notes of umami to the dish. Read more

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Whipping up a batch of this week-night paella is easy.  Serve the dish alongside a green salad dressed with Spanish Sherry vinegar for an extra bit of Spanish flair. Read more

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Enjoying chicken and waffles together has surged in popularity in recent years driving this southern dish into the heart of the Midwest. Read more

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Happy campers will love this foil-pack dinner. This quick cooking meal is ready to eat in just over 10 minutes and cooking in foil means minimal clean-up. Read more

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Eager Oak Park eaters are flocking to savor thoughtfully crafted fare with an international flair at Amerikas located at 734 Lake Street. Read more

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Smoked Paprika and Honey Glazed Pork Ribs with Green Sauce

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This vibrant dish strikes a remarkable balance of flavor and the make-ahead convenience of these ribs offers busy cooks the chance to enjoy their own summer party. Read more

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Grilled Halibut with Quick Cantaloupe Cucumber Relish

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Summer grilling can be a healthy affair. Search your local fish counter for the freshest looking catch and whip up a flavorful relish to toss on top. This recipe is perfect for a colorful summer cook-out! Read more

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