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October 2016
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Published: October 2017
Recipe by: Blue Apron
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Serves 2
Calories: About 670 Per Serving

For this recipe, you’ll use flavorful, decadent black bean paste. But not the black beans you’re thinking of! This paste is made from soybeans that are salted and fermented then puréed with garlic. Black soybeans are one of the oldest known foods made from soybeans. Here, they form the base of a tangy, zesty glaze for salmon.

Tip of the month
Published: November 1, 2016
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Each month a member has the opportunity to be our monthly wine advocate. The wine advocate chooses one or two wines to go with the monthly menu item. Recommend someone from a not previously selected university to be the next wine advocate. Call (630) 283-6219 or email wine@dorothy.com to recommend a wine advocate for your favorite team.

Both of these wines are tasty and enjoyable, just right for the Ginger-Soy Glazed Salmon.
North Coast California Vigilence Chardonnay
Château Gigognan Côtes du Rhône 2013
Many would say this recipe calls for a white wine. Priced reasonably at about $11.00, the North Coast California Vigilence Chardonnay is both rich and dry with a lively finish, just right for this dish.

But, for those of you who prefer a red wine, the Château Gigognan Côtes du Rhône 2013 is a wonderful choice. Priced around $14.00, this ruby red French wine boasts a medium body with an impressive spicy finish.
Published: October 2016

Many people dream of owning a vacation home, but wonder if it's a good investment. According to the real estate gurus, it may well be.
According to many experts, fall is a great time to consider buying a vacation home, as prices are often lower in the off-season. And, while you may envision a summer hideaway or a perfect winter retreat for you and your family, you also could consider raising additional income by offering it as a three- or even four-season rental.

In a recent online article, the InvestorJunkie wrote: "We don't normally think of vacation properties as investments, but at certain times and under certain circumstances, they can be one of the best investments you can make."

RISMedia recently reported that, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers by the National Association of Realtors: "Vacation home sales cooled off in 2015 but remained at the second-highest amount in nearly a decade." In addition, the median price of vacation homes increased in 2015.

As with any investment, there are risks; as InvestorJunkie notes, "Vacation property is luxury real estate, not the basic roof-over-your-head type. It's more discretionary than it is necessary, and that means the market for it can dry up much more quickly. When it does, prices can crash even when the general housing market is stable."

Nevertheless, CNBC contributor Shelly Schwartz says if you can afford it, do it. The title of her article is "The Time to Invest in a Second Home Is Now." www.Consumeraffairs.com  recently published a list of home warranty companies. Check: Compare Reviews for Home Warranty Companies
Published: December 1, 2016

It was 1886, and in New York Harbour, workers were constructing the Statue of Liberty. Eight hundred miles away, another great American symbol was about to be unveiled.

Like many people who change history, John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, was inspired by simple curiosity. One afternoon, he stirred up a fragrant, caramel-coloured liquid and, when it was done, he carried it a few doors down to Jacobs' Pharmacy. Here, the mixture was combined with carbonated water and sampled by customers who all agreed - this new drink was something special. So Jacobs' Pharmacy put it on sale for five cents (about 3p) a glass.
Published: October 1, 2016

It's not only humans who benefit from the boom in home technology. As a recent article from RISMedia suggests, pets are reaping the rewards, too.
Smart thermostats allow homeowners to monitor temperature in each room and adjust for weather conditions from their smartphones or tablets. This can be a lifesaver for pets, who often suffer when owners are away and temperatures dip or rise drastically.

Owners also can control remotely when their pet's food will be dispensed, and even be notified if supplies are running low.

And for owners who have to leave their dogs alone for the day, there are "smart doggy doors" that use radio frequencies to communicate with a tag on the dog's collar and let puppy in and out.

These days, it truly is a dog's world!
Published: October 1, 2016

I live in a condo complex. How can I feel secure in my new home?
The good news is, you don't need to hire Biff the bouncer from the nightclub downtown. Instead try these simple tips:

Lock 'em out: It can be tempting to leave your entrance unloced while getting the mail or visiting a neighbor. Take a few extra seconds to lock up behind you. Check to make sure the door in your apartment condo (as well as the garage door) closes behind you. In townhouses, don't hide your key. As convenient as it is for you, it's convenient for burglars too.

Light 'em up: Common areas such as entrances, hallways, and walkways should be well lit. If you notice any burned-out bulbs, contact your building manager right away.

Shut 'em down: If your building requires buzz-in, make sure everyone uses it. It may feel rude, but don't hold doors to let in strangers. If they belong there, they will either have a key or know someone who buzz them in.
Published: October 1,  2016

Along with nice weather, summer brings together two important pastimes: grilling and baseball. These popular activities share a common culinary theme: hot dogs.
Enjoyed in thousands of backyards each year, and by sports fans in stadiums across the country, the hot dog has become a summer staple. But where did the idea originate to grill a tube of meat, insert it in a bun, and load it with toppings?

In fact, both Austrians and Germans lay claim to the honor. Germans claim the "frankfurter" was created in Frankfurt, where Germans made thick, fatty sausages and coined the term "franks." But the Viennese point out that the name given to the first hot dogs was "wienerwurst." In the Austrian language (which is slightly different from standard German), "Wein" means Vienna, and "wurst" means sausage, so clearly they were Austrian sausages first!

Either way, we can thank German immigrants for bringing their native sausages with them to the New World, where they first sold hot dogs from pushcarts in New York City in the 1860s. Some stories claim the bun (or roll) was added simply so customers wouldn't burn their hands on the hot sausages.

As for the moniker "hot dog," legend has it the term was coined in 1902 at a New York Giants baseball game. The cold weather prompted one vendor to switch from supplying ice cream and sodas to hot sausages as a particularly apropos alternative. The call went out: "Get your dachshund sausages, red hot!" and the hot "dog" was born.
Published: October 1, 2016

Do you trust your neighbors? Results of a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center indicate that our level of neighborly trust is pretty depressing. Nearly half (48 percent) of the Pew survey respondents reported that they either don't trust any of their neighbors or trust only a few.
Sadly, these results may have a link to safety concerns. As Suzanne De Vita posts on RISMedia's Housecall, fewer than 20 percent of people interviewed for the Pew survey said they didn't feel "at all" safe from crime walking in their neighborhoods at night but actually trusted the people next door. And, perhaps not surprisingly, those in rural areas were more apt to feel safer and trust their neighbors than urban dwellers.

Although most adults believe it's important for neighbors to look out for each other, today's neighborhoods are not as tightly knit as they were in the 1940s and '50s, when neighbors knew one another well. In a related Pew survey, 54 percent of respondents said that they do not hold regular social gatherings with their neighbors. Indeed, today, people are more apt to recognize their neighbors' cars and pets than the neighboring adults or their kids.

According to social scientists, the way we react and behave toward each other is less civil when trust is low, which is a vicious circle, as this only exacerbates the trust deficit. The problem is fixable, though; neighbors can rebuild community and strengthen civic life (perhaps by harnessing technology to widen their circle of acquaintances) and become more civically involved.

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