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Michele Hays
Works at Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails
Attended Thomas More College
Lives in Evanston, IL 60202, United States
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Very good article.
I adore Evanston. I’ve lived here for over 40 years. My kids received great educations in the public schools. Back in the day, I was an active school volunteer and even served on a couple of school district committees. And I was founding director of Cherry Preschool, located in the heart of Evanston. So I was... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/still-advocating/2016/05/my-community-still-struggles-to-close-the-achievement-gap-and-educate-all-of...
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I generally try to keep food in my car, if for no other reason than that I now parent an ever-emptying vortex that refuses to be photographed (Sparky is a full-blown teenager – there must be an event horizon just behind his epiglottis…) I typically kept small bags of peanuts, trail mix or granola and... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-braised-oxtails/2016/01/something-is-better-than-nothing-diy-homeless-kits/" class="more-link">...
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I think sometimes, as people who live in privilege, we forget we are standing on the shoulders of our neighbors around the world. Case in point, the GOP’s intervention in our negotiations in Iran, written in a tone that implies the people of Iran are incapable of understanding the intricacies of government, much less the... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-braised-oxtails/2015/03/pi-day-rosewater-%cf%80stachio-reuleaux-triangle-h...
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Mmmm...blat.
If you’ve never put avocado on your BLT, I heartily recommend that you try.  You can even skip the mayo if you like (although Sparky prefers his with.) We also have a new way of cooking bacon: in water!  Adding a little water to the skillet helps the fat render out of the bacon, and... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-braised-oxtails/2014/09/sundays-with-sparky-blat-sandwich-bacon-lettuce-avocado-and-tomato/" class="more-link">Re...
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The perfect summer meal.
Yes, yes, I know. Tofu is for other people: people who grew up with it, or people who put health before flavor, right? WRONG! I have to admit, I never liked tofu, even was a bit afraid of it… until Sparky ordered it at a local restaurant. I learned a lot from that dish, mainly... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-braised-oxtails/2014/07/sundays-with-sparky-lemongrass-tofu-banh-mi-caramelized-tofu-hoagies/" class="more-link">Read m...
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Love Hurts
Yes, this is a story of love, and also a story of the sometimes unpleasantly surprising elements of a recipe. Eventually, this is a story of redemption. You see, at our Winter Farmer’s Market, Sparky had discovered Sweet Collective‘s Ruth and Phil’s ice cream – so, along with our popcorn and hardneck garlic, we came home... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-braised-oxtails/2014/07/the-wayback-machine-ice-cream-cones-or-love-and-bu...
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I think we have the opposite problem: I think too many people are ready to talk about autistic people as violent, raving lunatics who should be locked up. http://www.ageofautism.com/2015/09/dark-cloud-over-sunnyvale-ca-neighbors-suing-family-with-autistic-child-as-public-nuisance-.html

Autistic people are neither angels nor devils, but human beings with real needs.  As you say, let's treat them as such. And shame on those neighbors in California.
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Wow, this was 3 1/2 years ago!  Hard to believe!
From way, way back in 2011, we bring you our most famous post ever: I don’t know if you followed the escape of the Bronx Zoo Cobra and its subsequent capture…but Sparky and I followed the cobra’s alleged Twitter Stream closely. We all have our favorite cobra tweets – Sparky’s is @BronxZoosCobra “Indiana Jones, why... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-braised-oxtails/2014/08/the-wayback-machine-bronxzooscobra-cake/" class="more-lin...
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When life gives you produce - make pickles!
One of the best parts of summer is that I’ve got friends with an overabundance of produce – and this post is brought to you by a particularly generous friend who has a CSA. The haul included significantly more than just turnips, onions, and Mizuna, so I thought some kind of preservation might be in... <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/quips-travails-braised-oxtails/2014/07/sundays-with-sparky-salted-mizuna-and-nukazuke-style-pickled-turnips/" cl...
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Anyone want to give this beauty a home?  If you can get a truck near Xavier University and pick it up, we're happy to negotiate a terrific price.   #reedorgan  
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  • Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails
    Recipe Writer, Photographer, present
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Evanston, IL 60202, United States
Previously
Atlanta, GA, United States - Covington, KY, United States
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Introduction
I'm a local foodie and community activist. You can find me on LinkedIn, Facebook, (occasionally) Twitter and on my blog, Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails, which most recently moved to ChicagoNow.
Education
  • Thomas More College
    Drama, English and Communications, 1986 - 1991
  • Notre Dame Academy
    1986
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Something for everyone here: terrific schwarma and lassi drinks for the more globally minded, excellent burgers and fries for the globetrotting-impaired, milkshakes for the sweet tooth, all served with a smile and genuine family pride. Delicious. Try it.
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Chute Middle School is an undiscovered gem in South Evanston. I believe it is the best school in the City, despite having a large population of at-risk kids. It is housed in a beautiful building (unfairly maligned because of the front entryway) with a gorgeous courtyard garden in the center. Staff and teachers are incredibly kind and helpful, and still put safety and order first. Students are held accountable and encouraged to excel in their behavior as well as academics, and are offered supports like a free, teacher-driven afterschool "homework club" to ensure they succeed. My son, who struggled a bit in elementary school, has really blossomed under the care of the Chute teachers and staff - and I see that his friends do as well.
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