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Apple Picking 101

The Best Orchards in the Midwest!

September 8, 2014

When the scarves and boots come out, a cup of hot cider isn’t far behind. When I was young, my parents used to take my brother and me to a local orchard, where we picked apples, ate fritters and drank big mugs of cold cider. Standing under all of those trees, looking up at the red, round orbs, I knew I was cementing a family tradition. Now that I have a daughter of my own, apples have become one of her favorite foods, and fall is the perfect time for some family fun (and even some adult fun with real hard cider–read on for details!). If apple picking is one of your …  Read more

Calories: Quality Not Quantity

By: Michele Gelman

August 18, 2014
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I am going to do something radical here for all you girls living in fear of a muffin top — I am going to tell you to STOP COUNTING CALORIES. For years, we have been told that calorie intake minus calorie expenditure equals calories stored. So the solution is to use more willpower, eat less and exercise, right? But this advice just doesn’t work, and Americans are getting hungrier and fatter. Of everything we eat, highly refined and rapidly digestible (high glycemic) carbohydrates (which are all forms of sugar) produce the most insulin. Insulin acts on your brain to increase appetite, especially for sugar. If we make too much insulin, it drives …  Read more

The Cheekiest Combo in Town: Do-Rite Donuts & Chicken

By: Dana Hartung

August 18, 2014
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Are you ready to indulge in the world of gourmet donuts? Trust us when we say the answer is a definite YES! Satisfy your morning sweet tooth at Do-Rite Donuts’ second location, Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, in Streeterville across from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The new Do-Rite Donuts and Chicken, like the original spot, will make Chef Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin’s famous handmade donuts in small batches every day. The fresh donuts are packed full of flavor and offer the perfect balance between taste and texture. Signature feature recipes include the Buttermilk Old Fashioned, Maple Bacon Cruller and Valrhona Chocolate Glazed donuts. The two creative donut connoisseurs met while working together at …  Read more