Art Institute’s de Kooning and Executive Chef Jason Gordon Inspire What’s Next?
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Art Institute’s de Kooning and Executive Chef Jason Gordon Inspire What’s Next?

                      What now?  My quandary resembled de Kooning’s Untitled XI — one of his “20 new canvases”completed at 71 years old. What’s next? What is my passion? My answers and inspiration come from going outside myself… the Art Institute of Chicago my muse. I put … Continue reading

When the Stars make you drool like … John’s Hearty Pasta Fazool that’s… Amore
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When the Stars make you drool like … John’s Hearty Pasta Fazool that’s… Amore

Heart Throb… How many hearts did you break? How many songs did it take? VALENTINE IT’S YOU!  How many times, no clue— How many promises to be true? “Don’t be a fool, eat pasta fazool.”  In the mood to brood? Change your attitude… With  John’s  Hearty comfort food.  JOHN’S “HEARTY” PASTA FAZOOL INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons butter, divided … Continue reading

And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been. —Rainer Maria Rilke
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And now let us welcome the New Year full of things that have never been. —Rainer Maria Rilke

New Year 2011. A time for new beginnings comes with the promise of a child filled with wonder, energy, unrealized dreams, and love… But… “before we can welcome in the New Year, we need to put the Old Year’s unfinished business— mistakes, shortcomings, and disappointments behind us…toss the bad memories from the past into the … Continue reading

Krampuss Confections In Austria
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Krampuss Confections In Austria

“Krampus” is the untamed, shaggy spirit that accompanies St. Nicholas and can be seen throughout the Bavarian and Austrian alpine region during the Advent season. Searching out the children that haven’t been good! They look and act frightening and scary! Krampusses usually roam in larger groups. Their traditional costumes and masks are elaborately handcrafted and … Continue reading

Maestro Riccardo Muti’s Bread For The Soul
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Maestro Riccardo Muti’s Bread For The Soul

The Last Sunday of Summer. The afternoon air tinged with damp. The hum of energy and anticipation, furtive glances of you’re-too-late mixed with smiles of recognition, smart phone connections, looking, eating, reading, drinking, talking, laughing, watching, and waiting… The first concert under the baton of Grandissimo Maestro Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new music … Continue reading

Taste Life; Dive-In
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Taste Life; Dive-In

Taste of Pensacola, a Chicago neighborhood block party, cordoned off with cars at each end, so the kids can ride bikes and trikes on the street all day. Complete with a blown-up-bouncing??? like a trampoline on steroids??? machine? Where children bounce up and down, giggling, falling, getting up again, sweating with exertion, breathless with fun. … Continue reading