Category: Food

Summer Chicken Burgers

Ingredients 1 ripe avocado, sliced 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon butter 1 large Vidalia onions, sliced into rings 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 4 hamburger buns 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 4 slices provolone cheese Directions 1....

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Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1/2 onion, minced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 egg 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce 2/3 cup bread crumbs Directions 1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor...

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Just Food Initiative of the Fox Valley

Batavia resident M. Grace Grzanek is a guest speaker at the Aurora Noon Lions Club Monday. She represents the Just Food Initiative of the Fox Valley. Grzanek was at the Lions’ luncheon meeting at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. Grzanek, 83, a former Roman Catholic nun, teacher, and librarian, founded Batavia-based...

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Kendall salute to veterans will be June 22

The Kendall County Salute to Veterans will show its appreciation for all veterans and active duty military by treating them to a free steak dinner, Friday, June 22, at the Kendall County Fairgrounds, 10826 State Route 71, Yorkville. The program will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner...

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Summer Pasta Salad

Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) package fusilli (spiral) pasta 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 pound provolone cheese, grated 1/2 pound sliced pepperoni, cut in half 1 large green bell pepper, cut into half-inch pieces 1 (10 ounce) can black olives, drained 1 (10 ounce) can of peas 1 (4 ounce)...

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Smokey Burgers

Ingredients 2 pounds ground beef 1/4 pound of bacon (about 5 slices) 1/2 onion, grated 1 egg 1 tablespoon grill seasoning (equal parts ground black pepper, kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder) 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1/2 tablespoon...

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Largest one-day national food drive helps food pantries

The largest one-day national food drive requires a large network to help fill depleted supplies in many food pantries. The annual event uses the mail trucks to pick up donations, including letter carriers on their routes. Saturday both National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 219, based in Aurora and NALC...

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Potato Salad

Ingredients 6 eggs 10 red potatoes, chopped 2 cloves garlic 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup ranch dressing 1/3 cup dill pickle relish 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon paprika 1/8 teaspoon celery seed 1 onion, chopped 1/4 cup pepperoncini, deseeded...

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Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients 1 cup olive oil 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 lemon, juiced 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon ketchup 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails attached wood skewers (soaked...

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Indoor picnic for 50 deaf and hearing impaired students and interpreters

Aurora resident Dick Schindel, right, Aurora Noon Lions Club, serves hamburgers and hot dogs at an indoor picnic for 50 deaf and hearing impaired students and interpreters Thursday, May 3 at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. The party replaced an annual outdoor picnic and fishing clinic at Phillips Park in Aurora,...

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Pork Tenderloin in wine gravy

Ingredients 2 pounds pork tenderloin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 onion, thinly sliced 1 stalk celery, chopped 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms 2 cups red wine 1 (.75 ounce) packet dry brown gravy mix Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350F and heat a...

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Reader’s Commentary: No fresh vegetables in 3 years

By Grace Grzanek –  April 15 marked three years that Eddie has lived in his memory care nursing facility in southeast Aurora. Not once in those three years has he been offered a fresh tomato, or a fresh carrot, or a fresh mushroom, or a fresh piece of celery or...

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History on a Fork:

History on a Fork, Spring fundraiser for the Aurora Historical Society, Friday includes musicians, The Internationals, Henry Sergienko and Arkady Pevchin from Buffalo Grove. The site is One East Benton (Support Techs, formerly Aurora Public Library). Included was a kitchen, a replica of an immigrant kitchen centered around a c....

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Good weather, good vibes, at Plaza, Food Festival

The days are finally stretching above 50°F after our long, extended Winter this year. One of the best things about the app roaching warm days and nights of Summer is enjoying music at Millennium Plaza in downtown Aurora. This year, the free concert season will begin at the Food Truck...

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Loaves & Fishes’ inaugural Naperville Chef Showdown fundraiser

Chef Eddie Sweeney from Catch 35, far left, holds a trophy after Catch 35 was announced the winner of the Loaves & Fishes’ inaugural Naperville Chef Showdown fundraiser, Wednesday, April 11 in Naperville. The competition was between two teams led by chef Danny Gil from Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish...

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Officials serve at Food Pantry

Kendall County elected officials recently participated in National Service Recognition Day by lending a hand at the Kendall County Community Food Pantry in Yorkville. April 3 was officially designated as National Service Recognition day, as a national event sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National...

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Grow Your Groceries seminar in Elgin

“Grow Your Own Groceries – in Containers,” a free seminar to help save money, build health, find more pleasure in tastier food, and acquire more energy by eating healthy, will take place Sunday, April 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 738 West...

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Sixth Annual Healthy Top Chef Contest

Surrounded by classmates, Krazy Kales cooking team from K.D. Waldo Middle School in Aurora poses with trophies after the sixth annual Healthy Top Chef contest at Prisco Center in Aurora March 21. From left, front row, are Chris Garcia, Carlos Santillan, Natalia Rivera, and Ashley Cervantes. Teams from four Aurora...

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