Category: Food

Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa sampling was unlimited with $5 purchase of the blue custom Cocoa Crawl mug created by Auroran Stephanie Wheatley. All 800 mugs created were sold. Participating locations included: All Spoked Up, Aurora Art Studios, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Branch Gardens, Endiro Coffee, PME Cake, Calla Lily Tea Room, David L. Pierce Art & History Center, Santori Public Library of Aurora, SciTech Hands On Museum, Tavern on Broadway, Tredwell Coffee, Two Brothers Roundhouse, Waubonsee Community College, Wyckwood House, and Zen Loft Wellness Center. Free Trolley service was offered to the First Fridays locations in the downtown. Jason Crane/The Voice

Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl:

Downtown Aurora’s inaugural Cocoa Crawl Friday, Dec. 7 was a hot treat for those participating in the First Fridays event led by Aurora Downtown. At the Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Meredith Kober, left, from Aurora, and Heidi Semenek, from Oswego, receive candy canes in addition to their cocoa. Hot cocoa...

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Pork Chops in Sherry- Mushroom Gravy

Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 (1-inch thick) boneless pork chops 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons butter 1 (8 ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms 1 (10.75 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup 1/2 cup dry cooking sherry (or apple cider vinegar) Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 2....

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients 4 1/2 cups 1/2 cup butter, melted 1/3 cup milk 1 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup butter 1 cup chopped pecans Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish....

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Inaugural Coca Crawl, mugs, warming trend at First Fridays

First Fridays will stay warm with hot cocoa Friday, Dec. 7 when the Aurora Downtown is host to the inaugural Cocoa Crawl. It is part of the monthly event, and mugs are proving to be a hot commodity. Three-hundred Cocoa Crawl mugs will be sold at event starting at 5...

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Children’s fundraiser in Yorkville Nov. 30

The second annual toy drive/fundraiser for Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital of Chicago will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Rosati’s Pizza Pub of Yorkville, 1985 Marketview Drive, Yorkville. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy, to donate to a child...

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Cottage Pie

Ingredients 4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered 6 tablespoons butter, divided 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound lean ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 1/2 cups frozen peas Directions 1. Preheat oven...

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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Ingredients 2 cups frozen peas and carrots 2 cups frozen green beans 1 cup sliced celery 1/2 cup butter 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery seed 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 3/4 cups chicken broth 1 1/3...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

Candy girls do sweet work on the eve of Thanksgiving Day

It was almost Thanksgiving Day and the candy girls working at the J.D. Russell Candy Co. in Peoria were busy. Irene Bartram was in charge of the hand-dipped candy operations in 1945. The boys were coming home from World War II and would request candy boxes for their sweethearts. The...

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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

Ingredients 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter 1 egg 1 cup molasses 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 cup applesauce 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup hot water Directions 1. Preheat oven to...

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Thanksgiving Celebration of Music, Friendship, in Aurora

InterFaith Aurora will be host to its 11th annual “Thanksgiving Celebration of Music and Friendship” from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. May Street in Aurora. There will be songs and religious praise from diverse congregations throughout the Aurora area and...

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Silent auction gifts fill the table Saturday at the Jennings Terrace 60th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast Bazaar in Aurora. John Ross photo

Jennings Terrace holds 60th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast Bazaar in Aurora

Silent auction gifts fill the table Saturday at the Jennings Terrace 60th Anniversary Pancake Breakfast Bazaar in Aurora. The Jennings Terrace Auxiliary in Aurora was host to the 60th Annual Fall Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, Nov. 10. The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast offered a variety of pancakes, in addition to...

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Fox Valley Marine Corps League and Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will hold its Second Annual Veterans Pantry in celebration of Veterans’ Day and the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corps

Second Annual Veterans Pantry in celebration of Veterans’ Day and the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corps

On Friday, November 9, the Fox Valley Marine Corps League and Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry will hold its Second Annual Veterans Pantry in celebration of Veterans’ Day and the 243rd birthday of the Marine Corps.  All Veterans and their families are invited to Aurora Food Pantry at 1110 Jericho...

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The annual Diwali Festival sponsored by Aurora’s Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board at Waubonsie Valley High School

Aurora Diwali at Waubonsie Valley:

The annual Diwali Festival sponsored by Aurora’s Indian American Community Outreach Advisory Board at Waubonsie Valley High School Saturday includes colorful costumes and dance routines. More than 5,000 individuals attend annually and enjoy a diversity of Indian music, dance, clothing, and cuisine. Originally a celebration of the Hindu religion, a...

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Jo Fredell Higgins

History comes to life at Wurst Kitchen in Aurora

“May your friends be many and your troubles few and all your sausages long.” —Wall sign at the Wurst Kitchen in Aurora Moonlight, still as paint, shined over Aurora that Spring in 1908. It was a time of crochet, capelets, chemise, and cash and carry. At the Grand Opera House...

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant butterscotch pudding mix 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup white sugar 1 cup packed brown sugar...

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Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry honors Robert (Bob) Vaughan, Madeline “Maddie” Bozik, and East Aurora School District at annual Fill The Bowls fundraiser

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry held their annual Fill The Bowls fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 28 at Gaslite Manor Banquets in Aurora. For the past 8 years the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry has recognized individuals who personify Marie Wilkinson’s belief that it is a privilege to give a helping hand to people in need...

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Donna Crane

Five spices help with entire inflammatory process

Reprinted from The Voice September 21, 2017. Click here to see related information on bitter flavor in the Health Voice column by Larry Frieders. The more we learn about cooking and eating healthy the more we become aware of the wonderful herbs and spices that are available to enhance flavors...

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Jennings Terrace Auxiliary in Aurora host to 60th Annual Fall Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast, Nov. 10

The Jennings Terrace Auxiliary in Aurora will be host to the 60th Annual Fall Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will offer a variety of pancakes, in addition to bacon, sausage, coffee, and juice at the Jennings Terrace Assisted Living...

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Smokey Chipotle Meatloaf

Ingredients 2 eggs 1/2 cup hickory barbeque sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced, or to taste 1 chipotle chilie in adobo sauce, minced, no seeds 1 teaspoon adobo sauce 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon celery salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce...

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Annual holiday food drive in Aurora

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry (Aurora Food Pantry) will hold its 11th Annual Holiday Food Drive through November 21 at three Aurora area grocery stores: Prisco’s Family Market, 1108 Prairie Street, Aurora; Cermak Fresh Market, 1250 N. Lake Street, Aurora; and Food Market LaChiquita, 1525 Douglas Road, Montgomery. Shoppers can...

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