Raue brings a Chicago premiere to Crystal Lake with 'Hardbody'

Getting a Nissan Hardbody truck on stage was a bit of a challenge as the Raue Center prepared for its upcoming musical production of “Hands on a Hardbody.”

Chicago Symphony trumpeter to perform with McHenry County Youth Orchestra

Kids sat still, listening patiently in their chairs. All eyes forward, they focused on an adult at the head of the room who just told them t ...

‘Mockingjay': no revolution

All is not well in Panem. At the conclusion of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss’s (Jennifer Lawrence) force-field shattering arrow ...

Planit 10: Things to do Nov. 20 to Nov. 27

Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions.

10 more ideas to add to mashed potatoes

Truth is, mashed potatoes don’t need a whole lot of love to come out pretty darn amazing. A little butter (OK, a lot of butter), a little cr ...

Small changes make better holiday mashed potatoes

I’ve made mountains of mashed potatoes in my little life, faithfully adhering to the method I was taught in cooking school. And I’ve always ...

Holiday Guide for McHenry County

Use our Holiday Guide to plan next week's festivities and beyond.

Stanley Tucci's secret ingredient for mashed potatoes: eggs

Much as I’d like to take credit for this rich version of mashed potatoes, that honor goes to Stanley Tucci. Or rather, to Stanley Tucci’s wi ...

Shortcut produces fluffiest, best sweet potato pie

Much as I love a classic pumpkin pie, I have to be honest: My heart belongs to sweet potato pie.

Put the kids to work on a sweet potato tart

It seemed an unlikely goal. I wanted a single solution for two problems – how to keep kids entertained while preparing Thanksgiving dinner A ...

Vegetarian gravy

n the interest of giving vegetarians something to ladle over their mashed potatoes and stuffing, we decided to come up with a gravy good eno ...

Making the most of a make-ahead turkey gravy

The turkey stock used in this gravy recipe takes a few hours to make, but it is mostly hands off. It can be done up to several days ahead of ...


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