How to Create an Original Recipe You’ll Be Proud Of

When people are coming to your restaurant, they’re coming for your food in particular. There’s no better way to improve your restaurant menu and show people what makes your palate unique than by crafting signature dishes. To bring your restaurant to the next level, here’s how to create an original recipe that your guests will love. Stick with what you love This is key when it comes to how to create an original recipe—stick with what you love. It’s all too easy to lose sight of your own unique tastes when trying to keep up with what’s trendy. If you feel stuck, turn back to those dishes that always bring you joy, comfort, and conjure up happy memories. Channel those flavors and feelings to understand the direction in which you should go. Be creative with your cooking methods To create something that will really blow people away, you’ve got to think outside the box. Don’t just stick to the same old methods; instead, get creative with how you prepare your dishes. From broilin

Calling all Foodies: 7 Countries with the Best Food Around

One of the greatest pleasures while traveling is trying a smorgasbord of foods. From the heavenly spices of Indian cuisine to the timeless dishes Italy has to offer, an essential part of experiencing any culture is tasting the food. For all the traveling foodies, here are the countries with the best food. Mexico Colorful, varied, and flavorful, Mexican cuisine always makes for a delicious meal. Rich and spicy, fans of avocado, tomato, beans, and rice will be in heaven. Mole, an ancient sauce, is delicious on nearly everything, and there’s nothing tastier than well-made tamales. You’ll want to have a margarita on the side to wash it all down before you go back for seconds. Italy Any list of the countries with the best food would be remiss without Italy. With its incredibly fresh ingredients, comforting dishes, and simple recipes, just about everybody loves what the Bel Paese has to offer. When you’re there, a slice of authentic pizza, a plate of spaghetti, and a piping hot cu

5 Delicious Drink Recipes for Summer Parties

Throwing a party this summer? Once you figure out your menu, it’s time to think about drinks! Barbeques, beach parties, and outdoor dinners all benefit from a drink table. Stock it up with water, drinks for children (if appropriate), and a big batch of cocktails. To ensure your next party is a hit, we put together some of the best drink recipes for summer parties—you won’t be able to get enough! 1. Moscow Mule Punch How can you go wrong with a massive batch of Moscow mule? It’s the perfect mix of light and refreshing for a hot day outside. It also pairs wonderfully with food right off the grill. All you need is ginger beer, your favorite vodka, lime, and mint. Get the full recipe here . 2. Giggle Juice Perfect for a dinner party with the girls, this light pink drink is sweet, bubbly, and sure to get you laughing. Giggle Juice is great for when you’re tired of or don’t have time to prepare sangria. Grab a bottle of Moscato and pour it into a pitcher with three cups of

Mane Event, Taste of Arlington Heights 2019 on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3; Precedes Arlington Million

The annual Mane Event and the Taste of Arlington Heights events are coming soon to downtown Arlington Heights, at Vail Ave. and Campbell St., on August 2 and 3, 2019. The Mane Event will be held from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019 The Taste of Arlington Heights will be held from Noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 3. Each event showcases food and refreshments from Arlington Heights local restaurants with live music, and children’s entertainment. The Mane Event and Taste of Arlington Heights events are back-to-back street festivals located on Vail Avenue and Campbell Street near the intersection of Vail Avenue and Campbell Street. The Mane Event Arlington Heights The Mane Event, from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019, is planned by the Special Events Commission. Mane Event Lineup Friday 5 - 11 p.m. Business Expo 5 - 8 p.m. Children’s Entertainment 6 p.m. The Jet Set Quartet 8 p.m. 7th Heaven The fun continues with the Taste of Arlington Heights, which

The Sudden Rise of Meal Kits Offered by Grocers

Meal kits are still all the rage. Why? They make life easier—meal kits are ideal for those who want to cook healthy dishes, but simply don’t have time. These kits also allow people to experiment with ingredients they never used before and concoct meals they’d never prepare otherwise. You’re probably already familiar with online meal kit subscriptions such as Blue Apron and HelloFresh—these types of companies created meal kits to provide consumers with ready-to-make meals. In turn, their customers wouldn’t have to step foot into grocery stores. However, the truth is that people still shop at supermarkets, so retail distribution proved necessary. Over the past few years, meal kits quickly made their appearances in stores all over the country. Advantages of In-Store Grocery Meal Kits While people are still purchasing online meal kit subscriptions, there’s no denying that meal kits offered by grocers have a competitive edge. To start, online meal kit companies will jack up prices

5 Delicious Recipes to Bring to a Picnic this Summer

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and spend some time with your friends and family. These dishes are the perfect recipes to bring to a picnic, whether you’re packing up a basket and heading to the park or loading the cooler for a day at the beach. Dill Scallion Dip This creamy dip couldn’t be easier to make and serves as the perfect picnic appetizer. Simply mix sour cream and mayonnaise with fresh scallions, dill, garlic, and lemon zest and set in the fridge to chill. You can make this dip in under 10 minutes and can serve it with a variety of dipping items—from potato chips to fresh vegetables. Italian Pinwheels For a main dish that’s miles above a boring PB&J sandwich, try these quick and easy Italian pinwheels. These pinwheels are extremely simple to make, so you can easily whip up enough to feed the whole crowd. Just roll together all the delicious ingredients of a classic Italian sub to create these pinwheels—it’s a lighter dish that’s the perfect

5 of the Best Summer Grilling Recipes for Your Next Cookout

It’s officially summer—the season of swimming, sun, and, of course, cookouts with friends and family. The time has come to break out the grill and invite some company over. These are some of the best summer grilling recipes you can serve to your guests at your next backyard gathering. Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs with Whiskey Marinade It isn’t a summer cookout without a rack or two of baby back ribs. This whiskey-marinated twist on classic barbeque ribs is just what you need to get into the summer spirit. Ingredients: Marinated Ribs • 3 racks baby back ribs • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whiskey • 1/4 cup honey • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger • 1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper • 1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Honey Glaze and Dipping Sauce • 1/4 cup honey • 2 tablespoons hot water • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice • 1/4 cup fish sauce • 1/4 cup soy sauce • 1/4 cup Korean

The 6 Best Chocolate Shops in Northern Illinois

When you think of Illinois cuisine, Chicago delicacies tend to get all the love and attention. Granted, there’s a ton of choices and plenty of talented people creating delicious food in the city. However, there are great things happening throughout the Chicago tri-state area. Today, we’re focusing on the sweeter side of things. Our list includes chocolatiers residing in the suburbs—discover six of our favorite chocolate shops in northern Illinois. Ethereal Confections 113 S. Benton St. Woodstock, IL (in the historic Square) Upon visiting Ethereal Confections, yousample their delicious pastries, chocolates, and unique beverages—all made from scratch. They don’t cut any corners here, especially when it comes to their own unique creations such as melting chocolate and mixing it with cream to make a wonderful “drinking chocolate.” Riverside Chocolate Factory 2102 W. IL 120 McHenry, IL Shaped like the top of a medieval castle, this shop is located across from wh

5 of the Biggest Celebrity Chefs in the World

We love to watch them dash back and forth in the kitchen and create amazing food fusion. But celebrity chefs do more than serve up our favorite dishes—they entertain us with their antics, wit, and larger than life personalities. Gordon Ramsey The hot-tempered, foulmouthed Scot has made a name for himself with his Michelin starred restaurants and fiery behavior on his hit TV shows. Ramsey began making a name for himself when working for his mentor and fellow hot-head, Joel Robuchon. Since, he has forged his own cooking empire and now teaches people how to cook, saves failing restaurants, and runs his own businesses. Rachel Ray Ray started off teaching people to cook 30-minute meals at a specialty foods store in New York. That led to a weekly spot on a local news broadcast, which led to her first cookbook, 30-Minute Meals by Rachael Ray, and th

10 Summertime Chicagoland Food Festivals in 2019

Winter is done, spring has sprung, and it’s time to venture outdoors to hit some parties and eat good food. All summer long, Chicagoland food festivals will whet your appetite. Check out this list of 2019’s food festivals in the area. Taste of Chicago Grant Park, Jackson St. & Columbus Dr. Chicago July 10-14, 2019 Still one of the biggest and best food festivals, the Taste of Chicago celebrates its 39th year. Dozens of restaurants, food trucks, and pop ups will serve tasty treats from all over the world at this free event. Ribfest in Naperville Knoch Park, 724 South West St. Naperville, IL July 3-6, 2019 This west suburban party is known for awesome musical acts and piles of rich, savory ribs. Listen to Flo Rida, Billy Idol, Brantley Gilbert, and others while you munch on delicious ribs before the fireworks. Taste of Polonia 5216 W. Lawrence Ave, Chicago (Copernicus Center) Aug. 30-Sep. 2, 2019 The largest Polish festival in the U.S. will be back in Jefferson Park wi