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Grandpa Florie’s Giardiniera Recipe

One of my favorite childhood memories is of tending the garden with my Grandpa Florie.  He had the most gentle hand, with his beloved granddaughter and with his beloved fruits and vegetables; 3 varieties of grapes, towering apple tree and …

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Limoncello

The smell of grated lemon evokes a swirl of memories for me (right up there with garlic, basil and rosemary) .  A most recent memory is of coming home to find my creative, fabulous and very talented sister in law (also incredibly …

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Staging Your Home – 12 Ideas that Sell

Ah, the age-old seller question: do I really need to put effort into staging my home? The answer: YES. Expecting to sell your home at your asking price without staging is similar to your Freshman year of college when you …

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The Ultimate Chicago Neighborhoods for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Most out-of-towners associate Chicago with its bone-chilling winter season. Despite the few months of frosty weather, Chicago is celebrated for its open-air entertainment. Chicago’s many amenities, Michelin-rated restaurants, and historical roots entice renters and homebuyers seeking urban comforts. Coupled with …

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