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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 02:56 am

The warm, flickering glow of candles embodies the holiday season

This holiday season, the familiar warm glow of candles will be complemented by frosty winter wonderland colors and fragrances.“There’s a sense of icy, fresh, watery – like a really l...
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 02:56 am

Oven? Not this year. Follow two of the most popular turkey trends to the great outdoors: grilling and smoking

Breaking with tradition is always a test of the home cook’s mettle, especially around the holidays. Loved ones have expectations and when they aren’t met, disappointment causes upset even ...
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 07:16 pm

holiday wish lists from local nonprofit organizations

If you’re like most Illinois Times readers, your life is safe and secure and the holidays are a time for family fun and delicious meals. Sadly that isn’t the case for everyone in our...
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 06:20 pm

Here’s a guide to what to make ahead, when to make it, how to store it, and how to reheat it

Getting Thanksgiving dinner – or any holiday feast – on the table can seem like a math word problem gone awry.Question: If it takes four hours to cook a 15-pound turkey, and three of the s...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 03:31 pm

Found in an old desk, a bracelet of baubles and spheres

It was in Grandmother’s desk, the same desk she used to write to her sister in the 1880s. It is the same desk my mother used to write letters to me while I was in the army, and I have some of th...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 07:02 am

All it takes is an Internet connection to turn an ordinary set-top box into an entertainment library that knows no limits. Here are the season’s most desired devices

There are few things in this world more irritating than paying an oversized cable bill (OK, paying an oversized gas bill comes close). Thankfully,  TV fans don’t have to suffer the indignit...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 02:54 am

There’s no shortage of tablets worth putting in their hands this holiday season

Before the iPad debuted in early 2010, no one really knew they needed a tablet. But, gosh, how did we ever live without them? Lighter than a laptop with more real estate than a smartphone, tablets hav...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 08:59 am

The season’s hottest cameras for aspiring shutterbugs

There’s an old saying among photographers that the best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that’s increasingly a smartphone. But if someone on your list relies only on a ...


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