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Chicago Teachers Union officially ends strike

Public school teachers in Chicago voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract, ending a bitter dispute with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over school reforms that prompted the first strike of city teachers in 25 years.

Peanut butter isnt just for sandwiches

“Most people think peanut butter, they think jelly,” Brian Huston, chef de cuisine at Chicago’s The Publican, told The Daily. And why not? According to the National Peanut Board, the average child scarfs down 1,500 PB&Js before he or she graduates high school. But should the gooey goodness — consumed by 90 percent of American households — be exiled solely to the land of brown-bag cafeteria lunch swaps? Huston doesn’t think so; he likes to add it as a thickener to his salad dressings. “It’s like using buttermilk,” he explained, “but with that salty, peanut buttery taste.” As for the age-old crunchy vs. creamy debate, Huston still wrestles with his inner-child: “For the dressing… creamy. But if I were still in school and someone made me a sandwich, I’d go crunchy.”

Unpredictable danger looms close to heart

Monsters attacked Avery de Groh when she was 4. That is how she remembers the day in 2007 when the defibrillator in her chest misfired, sending nine electric shocks through her body in less than 30 minutes.

Give your kernels a kick

Think about this the next time you shell out $8 for a large tub at the movies: According to the experts at the U.S. Popcorn Board (and, yes, there is such a thing), the salty treat became a cinema staple during the Great Depression because, at five to ten cents a bag, everyone could afford it. Price tag aside, popcorn hasn’t changed much over the years, which is where Joe Doren, head chef at The Peasantry, a Chicago establishment specializing in haute street food, comes in. Ever the mad scientist, Doren grinds dehydrated kimchi — a pickled cabbage from Korea — into powder and dusts it on to spice things up. “The next time you go to the theater, sneak in some and toss it right on,” he said. Sharing, however, is entirely up to you.

Rolfe has finishing kick

Coach Frank Klopas called the goals “world class,” but forward Chris Rolfe was more pleased the Fire delivered on scoring opportunities Saturday night. The Fire defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1.

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