<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - News As Seen on WMAQ Channel 5 Chicago]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:20:25 -0600 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:20:25 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Wayne Johnson's Holiday Beef Wellington]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:38:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WJ-Beef-Wellington.jpg Wrapping puff pasty around a beef tenderloin makes an impressive presentation.]]> <![CDATA[Black Ice Causes Problems on Kennedy Expwy]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:35:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010208774_1200x675_374983747515.jpg Feeder ramps and Express Lanes of the roadway were closed to commuters as temperatures dip just below freezing. NBC Chicago's Lauren Petty reports.]]> <![CDATA[21-Year-Old Killed by Hit & Run Driver]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:57:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Adrien-Gonzalez.jpg A grieving family is searching for the hit and run driver who killed their loved one just a week before Christmas. NBC5's Lauren Jiggetts reports.]]> <![CDATA[Burglars Use Hammer & Brick In Smash & Grab Break-Ins]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:06:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010199650_1200x675_374871107994.jpg There’s a new twist to the growing problem of smash and grab burglaries. Police say crooks are using bricks to break into stores. There have been a rash of burglaries targeting cell phone stores and it's all caught on camera. NBC5’s Trina Orland reports.]]> <![CDATA[Group Planning New Skyscraper Along Chicago River]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:38:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010195116_1200x675_374688323760.jpg no description]]> <![CDATA[Joliet Animal Shelter Facing Eviction]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:37:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010196350_1200x675_374692419983.jpg The Cache Creek Rescue Shelter is facing sudden eviction and needs $50,000 to open a new shelter somewhere else. Otherwise dozens of rescued cats and dogs will be homeless.]]> <![CDATA[Emanuel Touts Changes He's Made in Office in New Interview]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:35:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010193938_1200x675_374756419589.jpg Mayor Rahm Emanuel is further distancing himself from Mayor Richard Daley’s tenure. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]> <![CDATA[Nurse Refusing To Get Flu Vaccine Says He Could Lose Job]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:15:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010193297_1200x675_374694467779.jpg The flu outbreak is spreading across Illinois. Many people are getting flu shots to combat the virus, but a nurse at Stroger Hospital is refusing to get the vaccine. He tells NBC5’s Nesita Kwan, it is a decision that could cost him his job.]]> <![CDATA[New Tower Planned for Lakeshore East]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010195101_1200x675_374536259992.jpg Building the "Wanda Vista" will create about 2,000 construction jobs and about 500 permanent jobs. NBC Chicago's Charlie Wojciechowski reports.]]> <![CDATA[Wayne's Weekend: Holiday Beef Wellington]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:39:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/BeufEnCrouteMadiera.JPG

For my big holiday dinner this year I wanted to do something a little different than the more traditional ham or turkey.  So, I created my own version of Beouf en Croute Madeira, or Beef Wellington.  Wrapping puff pasty around a beef tenderloin makes an impressive presentation.  And, the complex flavors in the mushroom filling and madeira sauce truly make this a special main course.  Other dishes that complete my holiday dinner include a curried butternut squash soup, brussels sprouts with turkey bacon and pearl onions, a carrot and potato puree, and an apple peach cobbler.  You can find all of the recipes are below.

Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Shrimp

makes 4 servings, double the recipe for a larger dinner
collaborative recipe with friends Sara McGhie and Diane Goodman

Ingredients

Soup

3 tbl Butter
2 tbl Olive Oil
1 Leek, mostly white, split, washed well and sliced
1 med Onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves Garlic, smashed and chopped
1 tsp Salt
1 tbl Curry Powder
1 tsp Coriander
1/2 tsp Pepper
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Ground Red Pepper
1 1/2 lb Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
3/4 lb Cauliflower, roughly chopped
zest of one Orange
1 1/2 cu Fresh Orange Juice
2 1/2 cu Vegetable Stock

Shrimp

3/4 lb med shrimp, peeled leave tails on 8
1 1/2 tbl Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Curry Powder
1/4 tsp Tumeric
1/4 Salt
1/4 Pepper

Garnish (optional)

1 Baguette
2 tbl Fresh Chives, chopped
4 Thin Lemon Slices

Method

Heat butter and olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add leeks, onions, garlic and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender, translucent, but not browning, about 10 minutes.  Add curry powder, coriander, pepper, cumin and red pepper.  Stir mixture for about a minute.  Add squash, cauliflower, orange zest, orange juice, and vegetable stock. Increase heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Remove pot from heat and use either an immersion blender or countertop blender to blend until smooth.  If you're using a countertop blender, BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE HOT MIXTURE.  Blend in small batches.  If your blender top has an insert, remove the insert and cover the opening in the top with a towel to allow steam to release but avoid splattering hot soup on you or your kitchen.  Put soup back in stockpot. Check the consistency and flavor of the soup. If it is too thick, add a little water or vegetable stock. Add additional seasoning if necessary.

To prepare shrimp, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes until it is hot. 

Separately, rinse shrimp in cold water and dry them really well with paper towels.  Mix together olive oil, chili powder, curry, cumin, turmeric, salt and pepper.  Toss shrimp in the mixture to coat well.

Open oven and slide out rack with the hot baking sheet.  Put shrimp on the baking sheet and roast for 8-10 minutes, turning them once to get color on both sides.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly.  Set aside the shrimp that have tails and roughly chop the remainder.

Slice the baguette at an extreme angle to create long slices.  Toast the slices under the broiler in your oven.

To serve, divide chopped shrimp among 4 serving bowls.  Pour soup over shrimp pieces.  Top soup with one of the toasted baguette slices.  Place the tail-on shrimp on top and sprinkle chives over it.  Then garnish the bowl with lemon wedges.  You can also put a pinch of curry in the center of the soup (optional).  Encourage your guests to squeeze the lemon into the soup before eating.

Beouf en Croute Madeira

beef tenderloin wrapped puff pastry
6-8 servings

Ingredients

2 lb Beef Tenderloin
Butchers Twine
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1 lb Baby Portobello Mushrooms, finely chopped
2 tbl Butter
3 tbl Olive Oil
1/2 cu Shallots, minced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Leek, mostly white portion, split, rinsed and finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp Fresh Thyme, finely minced
1 1/2 tsp Fresh Rosemary, finely minced
2 tsp Dry Mustard
1/4 cu Bourbon
1/4 cu Whipping Cream
1/4 lb Prosciutto, thinly sliced
2 sheets Phyllo Dough
1 sheet Puff Pastry
1 Egg, beaten

Method

Using the butchers twine, tie a loop around the tenderloin in 4 places to help it keep its shape while searing.  Season tenderloin with salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat in a large saucepan.  Once hot, sear the tenderloin on all sides, about 1 minute per side.  Remove from heat and allow to fully cool.

Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add mushroom and sauté for about 4 minutes.  Add shallots, garlic and leeks and continue to stir for an additional 5-6 minutes as mushrooms release all of their moisture.  Add thyme, rosemary and dry mustard and continue to stir for an additional 3 minutes.  Adjust heat so that mixture doesn’t burn.  Once most of the moisture has cook out, add bourbon and madeira.  Stir for an additional 3 minutes until mixture is dry again.  Finally, add cream and stir for an additional 4 minutes.  Mixture should once again be dry.  Remove from heat an allow to cool.  Place both beef and mushroom and beef in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Place a piece of plastic wrap on a work surface large enough for 2 pieces of phyllo dough to be placed side by side.  Lay one sheet of phyllo dough on the plastic.  Place the second along the long side of the first but overlapping it by about 2”-3”.  Layer prosciutto over phyllo dough.  Spread chilled mushroom mixture over the whole surface of the phyllo dough, leaving about a 1” margin on all sides.  Cut the twine from the chilled tenderloin on one end of the phyllo dough.  Using the plastic wrap underneath, roll the phyllo dough and mushroom mixture around the tenderloin.  Fold in the sides of the phyllo and then keep everything tightly wrapped in the plastic.  Place the roll in the refrigerator.

Unfold the puff pasty on a lightly floured board.  Use a rolling pin, roll it out to about a 12” square.  Trim away about 2” from a long side.  You’ll use this for decoration.  Remove the plastic from the phyllo dough wrapped tenderloin and place it along a long end of the puff pastry.  Roll the puff pastry around the tenderloin.  Place the roll seam side down and fold in the ends to seal the tenderloin inside.  Brush the surface with the beaten egg.

Using the excess dough, cut strips or shapes to decorate the surface of the puff pastry.  Brush a bit of egg onto the puff pasty and then apply the cutout.  Brush the entire surface one more time with the egg. Slice a few 1” slits into the surface of the roll to allow steam to escape during baking.  Refrigerate the roll one last time for 30 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.   Place tenderloin on a baking sheet and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 135 degrees F for medium rare.  Having a thermometer is key to correctly getting your desired level of doneness. 

Remove the tenderloin from the heat and allow it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Serve with madeira sauce (recipe follows).

Madeira Sauce
makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

3/4 cu Shallots, finely chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 tsp Fresh Rosemary, finely minced
2 tbl Butter
2 tbl All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 cu Beef Broth
1 tbl Bourbon
1 tbl Dijon
1/3 cup Madeira wine
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Method

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add shallots and garlic and stir frequently until shallots are tender, about 5 minutes.  Add rosemary and stir for an additional minute.  Stir in flour until fully incorporated.  Slowly whisk in beef broth and then add bourbon, Dijon wine.  Continue stirring until fully combined and mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  If sauce is too thick, you can thin it with additional beef broth or water. 

Potato Carrot Puree

Ingredients

3 Russet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 lb Carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tbl Brown Sugar
4 tbl Butter
1 tbl Horseradish
1/4 cu Milk
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

Method

Place potatoes in a large pot and fill with water to at least an inch over the potatoes.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer.  Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add carrots and sauté for 8 minutes, being careful not to let the carrots burn.   Add brown sugar and continue to sauté for an additional 4 minutes.  Remove and transfer carrots to a food processor.  Blend until carrots are smooth and set aside.

Drain potatoes and transfer them to a large bowl.  Add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and milk and blend with a hand mixer until butter has melted.  Add in horseradish and carrots and continue blending until smooth.  Add salt and pepper.  Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Ingredients

1 1/4 lb Brussels Sprouts
1/2 lb Pearl Onions
2 tbl Butter
2 tbl Olive Oil
10 slices Turkey Bacon, cooked and chopped
1/4 cu Chicken Stock
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Pepper

Method

Peel the pearl onions by dropping them into boiling water for 2 minutes and then transferring them to a bowl of ice water for about 3 minutes.  Trim of the ends and peel away the outer skin.  Set them aside.

Trim the ends off of brussels sprouts and split them in half lengthwise.  Set aside.  Remove the outer skin from the pearl onions and trim the ends as well.  Heat butter and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat.  Add Brussels sprouts and sauté for about 2 minutes.  Add onions and sauté both for an additional 3 until both begin to char a bit.  Add bacon and chicken stock.  Reduce heat to a  low simmer and cover for 4-5 minutes until Brussels sprouts and onions are tender.  Season with salt and pepper.  Transfer to a serving dish and serve.

Apple Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

Pie Crust

2 1/2 cu All Purpose Flour
3/4 cu Margarine (12 tablespoons), diced and cold
6 oz Cream Cheese, diced and cold

Cobbler Filling

2 cans sliced peaches (15.25 oz. size)
2 lb Granny Smith Apples, peeled & sliced in wedges similar to the canned peaches
7 tbl Margarine
1 cu Granulated Sugar
1/2 cu Brown Sugar
2 tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Additional granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to sprinkle on crusts

Method

Prepare crusts.  Combine flour, margarine and cream cheese and mix together with your hands, breaking margarine and cream cheese down into smaller bits.  Continue blending until the flour has been incorporated and dough holds together.  Divide the dough into two equal parts.   Roll each into a ball and flatten slightly.   Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Remove one dough package from the refrigerator and roll it out on a floured board to about a 14” square.  Transfer to an 8” x 8” baking dish.  Round the excess dough into a thick border around the edge of the dish.  Using your index finger on one hand and your thumb and index finger on the other, form ridges in the border.  Using a fork, make random holes in the crust.  Lightly sprinkle the crust with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Because this is a delicate and soft dough, I place two sheets of aluminum crisscrossing each other in the bottom and up the sides of the pan against the crust.  Pressed into the dough, this will keep the crust from sliding down the dish during the initial baking process. Bake crust in the oven until lightly brown (about 12 to 15 minutes). Remove from oven and remove aluminum.  Allow to cool.

In the meantime, drain the peaches.  Pour about 2 tablespoons of the liquid into a small bowl.  Discard the remainder.  Add cornstarch and stir until fully incorporated.  Set aside.  In a large saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of margarine over medium high heat.  Add apples and granulated sugar.  Sauté until apples are tender but still firm, about 5 minutes.  Add peaches, brown sugar, and dissolved cornstarch.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add 2 tablespoons of margarine, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the vanilla. Continue to simmer until mixture thickens, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool.  Pour into prepared crust.

Roll out second crust into a rectangle 9” x 12”. Cut 1/2" strips 9” long, yielding about 22-24 strips. Starting on one corner of your cobbler, lay one strip vertically across and lay a second one perpendicular to the first. Continue laying strips in an alternating pattern interlacing them with the previous strips to form a latticework top. Tuck the edges up against the ridges of the bottom crust. Sprinkle the top with granulated sugar cinnamon, and nutmeg. Dot the top with the remaining 2 tablespoons of margarine cut into small pieces. Place on the center rack of your oven and bake until the crust is golden, about 20-25 minutes.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

If you have any comments or questions, please send me an email at wayne@waynesweekend.com or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.



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NBC Chicago's Regina Waldroup reports.]]> <![CDATA[Sony Hackers Issue Threat On Movie Theaters]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:35:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010161024_1200x675_373601347771.jpg A chilling threat prompts two of Hollywood's most popular young stars to abruptly cancel a tour for their new movie. The movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco has enraged the hackers who hit Sony pictures. The group has now issued a new threat of violence. NBC Chicago's Rob Elgas reports.]]> <![CDATA[Bakery Helps Kids With Autism]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:38:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010161643_1200x675_373544515721.jpg Bakery gives children with autism a special opportunity. 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NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]> <![CDATA[Operation North Pole Brings Sick Children on Adventure to North Pole]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:56:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010138907_1200x675_372785731585.jpg Volunteer-run Operation North Pole brings sick children on an adventure to the North Pole via a decked-out Metra train.]]> <![CDATA[Students Mourn 15-Year-Old Demario Bailey at Johnson College Prep]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:34:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010138693_1200x675_372775491763.jpg The classmates of 15-year-old Demario Bailey mourn the boy who was shot to death during an attempted robbery Saturday while walking with his twin brother to basketball practice. NBC 5's Susan Carlson reports.]]> <![CDATA[Supporters Endorse Rahm in Mayoral Campaign While Others Protest]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:12:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010128542_1200x675_372505667786.jpg Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke Sunday while his advocates offered support and his opponents protested outside. NBC 5's Christian Farr reports.]]> <![CDATA[Friends, Activists Rally for Teenage Murder Victim]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:23:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010127463_1200x675_372478531818.jpg A 17-year-old suspect was charged with the murder Sunday.]]> <![CDATA[Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon Opens]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:36:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010127074_1200x675_372245571624.jpg The ice skating ribbon in the new Maggie Daley Park opened Saturday in a ceremony attended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the Daley family. Others demonstrated nearby after the park district announced that dogs would be banned from the park. NBC 5's Katie Kim reports.]]> <![CDATA[Boy, 15, Shot to Death During Attempted Robbery on South Side]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:35:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010127036_1200x675_372237891916.jpg Fifteen-year-old Demario Bailey was walking with his twin brother to basketball practice when robbers demanded his coat and then shot the boy to death. NBC 5's Trina Orlando reports.]]> <![CDATA[Extension Device Allows Cellphone Users to Talk Without Phone]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:46:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010125986_1200x675_372135491622.jpg Art Norman shows us a brand new device that acts as an extension for your smart phone in your home or office. The product is called Renny HOME.]]> <![CDATA[What's the Difference Between All Those Kinds of Milks?]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:15:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010126186_1200x675_372122179632.jpg Cow's milk, soy milk, coconut milk! How do you choose? Dr. Sandy Goldberg provides some valuable information.]]> <![CDATA[Adopt-A-Pet:December 14]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:50:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010125973_1200x675_372109891616.jpg Andy Avalos introduces us to two young male cats who are pals, and are both available for adoption at the Anti-Cruelty Society.]]> <![CDATA[Don't Forget about Your Nails When It Comes to Your Holiday Look!]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:50:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000010126043_1200x675_372109379982.jpg From head to toe, you want to look your best for that special holiday event, and that includes your nails! Here are some ideas from a fashion expert.]]>