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Is The Quad-Cities In For A New Renaissance Of Entertainment?

January 2nd, 2021

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. No doubt, the last year was a crushing one for the arts and entertainment scene — both locally and nationally. But while it’s been an excruciating time in the short term, it could end up being a good thing, in the long run. Entertainment needed to die a little so it could be reinvented, and in forcing it to adapt, it’s creating something new and exciting. I’m not saying I’m thankful for this horrific pandemic but... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Turkey Taco Tortilla Soup

October 21st, 2020

A variation on a classic chicken tortilla! This has a nice kick to it and makes for an awesome soup OR dip. It’s diverse! (Trigger warning: I use the word liberal below. Prepare your sensitive self. I also mention the word Vote in the video so be cautious!) WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 4 cups of chicken broth 2 cups of tomato juice 1 can of diced tomatoes 1 can of HOT Rotel 1 can of black beans ½ bag of frozen corn 1 packet of taco seasoning 1 pound of ground turkey Liberal amount of Cumin Liberal amount of Red Pepper Flakes Salt and pepper to taste TO EAT AS A SOUP: add cheese and tortilla strips TO... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Crock-pot Chicken Tacos

October 14th, 2020

The easiest meal that takes the longest! It’s perfect for humans on the go. Put everything in the crock-pot before you leave for the day and by the time you get home, you’ll have something bangin’ to eat! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: A crock pot 2 chicken breasts 1 ½ cans of Rotel (hot) ½ cup of water 2 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tsp cumin (maybe more) Salt and pepper to taste WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: AT LEAST hours before you wish to serve the tacos, throw everything into the crock pot on high! At the 5th hour – or later – shred the chicken and add additional spices as needed Let it simmer... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Harper’s Chicken Noodle Soup

October 7th, 2020

Harper Leigh hijacked my 20th episode! She picked the meal, the music, wrote the script and did the photography. She even did some of the cooking! The girl has a gift! Enjoy her Chicken Noodle Soup! WHAT YOU WILL NEED:  5 cups of chicken broth 1⁄4 bag of chopped carrots (2 carrots) 1 pound of chicken tenderloins 3⁄4 package of egg noodles 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp parsley 1 tsp basil Handful of kale 1⁄2 tsp red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Cook chicken – adding a dash of all the spices listed above Cool egg noodles until they are ALMOST done Mix everything... Read More

Don ‘Hep’ Hepner Was An Original Who Will Be Missed On The Local Comedy And Theater Scene

October 6th, 2020

“Scrooge was dead.” That’s how Donald C. Hepner started off a production of A Christmas Carol one night. And that one moment perfectly captures than man we all knew as “Hep.” You were never certain whether you were in on the joke or part of it. A standup comedian, gifted actor, personal friend  and mentor to many on the local theater and comedy scene, Hepner died of a massive heart attack Sunday night in his Moline residence. He was 79. He was an original dude, a great writer (his book “Reggie! Ringling’s First Black Clown” is FANTASTIC), and a fine performer... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Autumn Butternut Squash Soup

September 30th, 2020

The weather has now shifted and a lot of people are talking about how stoked they are for Libra season but not me! I am stoked because it’s officially SOUP SEASON! Savannah and I ventured over to Doug and Sara Kutzli’s for a wonderful evening of food, friendship and this special episode of Cooking Thyme! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1 tsp of butter 1 onion sliced 2 cloves garlic – minced 6 cups – or 2 pounds – butternut squash 1 cup pumpkin puree 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup apple juice 1 tbsp honey ½ tsp curry powder ¼ tsp cinnamon ½ cup heavy whipping cream 2 tbsp Vegetable... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Thai Yellow Chicken Curry

September 23rd, 2020

Still not interested in going out to eat? I totally get it! This dish will make you feel like you hit your favorite Thai place without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home!   WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1 pound of chicken tenderloins 1 handful of cilantro Some banging yellow curry rub (We found ours at a Farmer’s Market in Williams Bay but you could most certainly make your own!) 1 can coconut cream 1 yellow onion olive oil rice salt and pepper to taste *Important to note: You really have to shoot from the hip with some of these quantities. You do you! WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Chop onions... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Tuscan Tortellini Soup

September 9th, 2020

Get classy in less than 30 minutes. And make yourself look like a waaaaaaaay better cook than you actually are. Show your love that you’ve got the juice! Eh? Eh? Eh? WHAT YOU WILL NEED: 1 bag of three cheese tortellini 1 pound of ground turkey Handful of kale Handful of cut carrots 5 cups chicken stock 2 cups vegetable juice 1 can of crushed tomatoes 1 can of pinto beans 1 can of corn 2 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic salt Salt and pepper to taste WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Cook the ground turkey with 1 tsp of red preppier flakes, 1 tsp of Italian... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: Godfather’s Goulash

September 2nd, 2020

Sometimes the Godfather himself does you a favor… WHAT YOU WILL NEED 1 pound ground beef 2 cans of tomato sauce 1 can of corn 2 tomatoes – cut anyway you would prefer 1 red pepper – cut anyway you would prefer 1 box rigatoni 2 tsp of Italian seasoning 2 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tsp oregano 2 tsp thyme 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 cup fresh parmesan Salt and pepper to taste THE BEEF Mix into 1 tsp of all the seasonings above as the beef cooks. Once the beef is slightly overdone, add the cut veggies into and let simmer. THE NOODLES Cook those babies but not too much! THE GOULASH MIX Mix... Read More

Cooking Thyme With Tristan: TT’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

August 26th, 2020

It’s way too hot for this I suppose but for me, hard times call for comfort and soup is tmy go-to comfort food! It helps with anxiety and because we are living through one of the wildest times EVER, it is much needed. I will happily eat a hot soup in 90 degree weather if it means my nerves will calm down! Grab a can of Canada Dry, enjoy the soup and don’t forget that Black Lives Matter. Oh, and PLEASE VOTE! WHAT YOU WILL NEED 4 chicken tenderloins\ 2 cans of Old El Paso enchilada sauce 1 can of black beans 1 can Rotel – mild 1 can of 3 bean in chili sauce 1 cup of heavy whipping cream 2... Read More