| Jan 26, 2013
All went well on the recent school outing to the tall-masted ship, which I helped chaperon. I only had to pull three kids from the water, and two of them were easy because the shark had just spit them out — pit-ewwwwwey — and I was able to...
| Feb 10, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. — It's fair to call me a chocoholic, but it wasn't until a trip to Santa Fe that I realized I'd never had the good stuff.
What was supposed to be a casual late-December exploration of this New Mexican cultural hub wound up...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 3:18 PM
2636 Spenard Rd.
$5-$15 per plate
6 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. weekends
With the holiday rush...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham has carved a career out of ventriloquism with popular puppets like Walter, Peanut and Achmed the terrorist. Dunham has appeared on Comedy Central Presents and specials titled "Spark of Insanity" and...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 3:05 AM
While it's bustling with activity every weekend, the Anita C. Leight Estuary Center in Abingdon is going to be particularly busy on Jan. 12, with three major programs that will offer something for all ages throughout the day.
The white-tailed deer...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 12:15 PM
Onyx Spirits' Hartford-area "Twelve Days of Onyx" Holiday Cocktail Crawl started last week, but it's not too late to start crawling.
There are eight more days of custom holiday-themed cocktails to be imbibed at eight more great restaurants. A portion of...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 7:39 AM
Snow Ice Cream
1 gallon snow
1C white sugar
1tb vanilla extract
When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to gather the flakes. Make sure it is in an open location and not under eaves or trees.
When full (1 gallon) stir...
| Dec 9, 2012
| 3:20 AM
BRAWLEY — When Mitzel Martinez opens her gifts on Christmas morning, she is hoping a kitten, cell phone and chocolate cake await her.
“I hope the kitty is orange and white,” said Mitzel, an 11-year-old Brawley resident.
To ensure her...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 11:33 PM
HOLTVILLE — Determined to speak to Santa Claus, 9-year-old Drake Jones stood in line with other children outside Holtville City Hall as the weather drizzled on.
“I want an Xbox game,” Drake said as he watched the line move....
| Nov 28, 2012
| 2:59 PM
On tonight's WGN News, I'm tagging along with Valerie Beck of Chicago Chocolate Tours. In honor of their seventh anniversary, they've launched a new HOT chocolate tour that will take guests to five of spots around the city. There, you'll sample each of...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 12:50 PM
Skinny Eggnog Martini
1 cup low-fat, light eggnog
1 ½ oz. rum, bourbon or whiskey
Stir alcohol of choice into cold eggnog. Pour in glass and garnish with nutmeg.
Makes one serving. 350 calories.
Skinny Vodka Cocktail/Spritzer...