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Hello Kitty Lunchtime GoPaks

Hello Kitty Lunchtime GoPaks

Lunchtime GoPaks come in fun themes like Disney's "The Little Mermaid" and Hello Kitty and allows parents to put a sandwich in one side of the container and keep snacks separate and contained in the other half. They are $21.97 in stores or at zak.com.

4 hours ago
"Smokin' In The Boys' Room" by Melissa Cookston

"Smokin' In The Boys' Room" by Melissa Cookston

Top pitmaster and restaurateur Melissa Cookston, two-time overall world champion and "the winningest woman in barbecue," has created a new cookbook to guide grill enthusiasts about the art of barbecue and smoking meats. It is $22.99 in stores or at andrewsmcmeel.com.

4 hours ago
Knit Ties

Knit Ties

Cooler months are just around the corner, and new neckties are a great way to welcome the changing seasons. The lines of ties sold at ties.com offer an array of patterns and designs. They are $18 to $25 at ties.com.

4 hours ago
Bijoux French Press

Bijoux French Press

The artistically designed BonJour Chevron French Press offers a striking, stainless steel frame with V-shape cutout patterns. New Chevron is available in the eight-cup size. It is $59.99 at bonjourproducts.com or (800) 226-6568.

4 hours ago
"Tic Tac Tome: The Book That Will Beat You at Tic-Tac-Toe"

"Tic Tac Tome: The Book That Will Beat You at Tic-Tac-Toe"

Quirk Books worked with ThinkGeek industrial designer Willy Yonkers to create "Tic Tac Tome: The Book That Will Beat You at Tic-Tac-Toe." It is $12.95 in stores or at quirkbooks.com.

4 hours ago
OFFBEAT: Chesterton's funny guy Jim Gaffigan getting TV sitcom

OFFBEAT: Chesterton's funny guy Jim Gaffigan getting TV sitcom

The last time comedian and Chesterton claim-to-fame Jim Gaffigan played any dates in Northwest Indiana, it was August 2011 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.

6 hours ago
OFFBEAT: Summer Smart ailin' as Elly May; understudy completes 'Hillbillies' run

OFFBEAT: Summer Smart ailin' as Elly May; understudy completes 'Hillbillies' run

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 01, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Reader surprised he has Burt Reynolds' old car

OFFBEAT: Reader surprised he has Burt Reynolds' old car

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 31, 2014 12:00 am Video
FROM THE FARM: Green Family reunion includes green recipe

FROM THE FARM: Green Family reunion includes green recipe

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Passing of Eileen Ford prompts reader's memory of feud

OFFBEAT: Passing of Eileen Ford prompts reader's memory of feud

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Midwest premiere of Sam Shepard play is perfect fit

OFFBEAT: Midwest premiere of Sam Shepard play is perfect fit

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 29, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'The Jungle' plays until Sept. 6 on Chicago stage

OFFBEAT: 'The Jungle' plays until Sept. 6 on Chicago stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 28, 2014 12:05 am
OFFBEAT: VeggieTales national premiere of new 'Celery' film in South Holland Aug. 2

OFFBEAT: VeggieTales national premiere of new 'Celery' film in South Holland Aug. 2

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Faygo Cotton Candy

Faygo Cotton Candy

The iconic soda company from Detroit, Faygo Beverages Inc. has introduced a new line of "cotton candy flavored soda" just in time for county fair season. Currently, Faygo has more than 60 flavors to pick from, ranging from tradition tastes to exotic creations. It is $1.55 for the 2 liter or …

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
Dave Matthews' Dreaming Tree Wines

Dave Matthews' Dreaming Tree Wines

The Dreaming Tree wines, a collection of California-based wines from world-renowned musician Dave Matthews and an award-winning California winemaking team, are a popular new pouring idea for summer 2014. This wine line pairs perfectly for everything from an elegant dinner to a backyard barbe…

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
Suddenly Grain Salads

Suddenly Grain Salads

The Suddenly Salad line from General Mills is expanding its pasta salad options to now include grain salads. These new mixes are a wholesome blend of grains such as brown rice, wild rice, wheat berries and quinoa, paired with flavorful nuts and spices in boil-in-bag prep packaging for conven…

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
Teamson Frog Rocking Chair

Teamson Frog Rocking Chair

For boys and girls from ages 3 to 8-years-old, for more than 20 years, Teamson has made sure even the smallest guests have the royal treatment for seating. With each piece of furniture, it is a creation uniquely created and carved by talented artists, so no two pieces are identical. Teamson …

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
Quest Bars

Quest Bars

Launched in 2010, Quest Bars were created from a simple idea: healthy food should taste amazing with zero compromises. Quest is driven to engineer foods that don't compromise on taste or nutrition and each protein bar has 21 grams of protein and only 180 calories. The line is available in va…

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
OXO Good Grips Grape and Small Tomato Slicing Guide

OXO Good Grips Grape and Small Tomato Slicing Guide

Oxo, the go-to maker of helpful kitchen tools and gadgets, looked at the job of cutting small tomatoes and grapes, fruits that can easily roll off a cutting board and typically require being cut one at a time. They've developed the Oxo Good Grips Grape and Tomato Slicing Guide to make the ta…

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
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