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  • Bake a pie in a cake to make a ‘pake,’ because why not?

    It was just so goofy, I had to try it.A pie baked inside of a cake?This oddball dessert-in-a-dessert ...
    July 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Colorful grain salads are potluck pleasers

    Thank goodness for potluck gatherings. We attend or host these easy repasts all summer long. Sharing ...
    July 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Catfish in tomato sauce needs wine with acidity

    When what you’re eating contains a lot of acidity – whether from vinegar, citrus or other fruit – th ...
    July 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Rockford group to headline Friday's festivities

    DIXON – Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts will show Dixon what they've got at 9:30 p.m. Friday on the main stage along the Riverfront during the Pet ...
    July 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Rusted Root ready to dig into Dixon

    DIXON – Rusted Root, set to perform at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on the main stage along the Riverfront during the Petunia Festival, has been a band for nea ...
    July 1, 2014 - 10:01 am
  • Sober woman weary of friends who aren’t

    Dear Abby,My girlfriends are always trying to get me drunk. I don’t need alcohol to have a good time ...
    June 1, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Chart-toppers to take festival stage Thursday

    DIXON – The past year has been a roller-coaster ride for Parmalee, the successful country band set to perform at 10 p.m. Thursday on the main stage al ...
    June 30, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Sounds of Petunia Fest: Relay to replay in Dixon

    Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about bands and musicians that will be playing at the 50th Petunia Festival July 2-6 in Dixon.
    June 28, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Family’s hard times knock teen off track

    Dear Abby: I’m 17 and a junior in high school. My family recently has been hit with hard times. We lost our home and are living in a motel, and I am s ...
    June 28, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Day Trip: Turkey legs, shepherd’s pye keep visitors fueled

    Bristol Renaissance Faire opens in July in rural Kenosha, Wisconsin. The long-running faire is only on weekend, rain or shine.
    June 27, 2014 - 10:29 am
  • New installment plays like a never-ending popcorn picture

    The special effects are sharper, less blurred, and the robots far more defined in “Transformers: Age ...
    June 27, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Your Weekend Top 5

    Summer Splash in Rock Falls ROCK FALLS – The ninth annual Summer Splash runs today through Sunday on ...
    June 27, 2014 - 9:14 am
  • Leftover lingerie still lingers in dresser

    Dear Abby: I have been seeing my boyfriend for 5 months. He still has some of his ex-girlfriend's lingerie in his dresser. When we first got involved, ...
    June 27, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Dixon native's guidebook presents the ins and outs of stand up paddleboarding

    DIXON – What's SUP is what's happening on the water these days. SUP – stand up paddleboarding – is the subject of a new book by Dixon-area native and ...
    June 26, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • ‘They Came Together’ winningly mocks rom-com clichés

    Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd are such reliably funny actors that you’d be safe betting they could perfo ...
    June 26, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Reader Poll

    Lee County has a new United Way executive director. Do you donate to your local United Way?