Val and Ryan talk all things New Year’s Eve: Bob Saget’s Death, Betty White Tribute, Veggie Recipe, and New Movies

Val and Ryan talk all things New Year’s Eve: Bob Saget’s Death, Betty White Tribute, Veggie Recipe, and New Movies

CHICAGO (WLS) — This week on Windy City Weekend, we talk about when you should stop saying “Happy New Year.”

Also, Val and Ryan reminisce about the fond memories they have with the late actor Bob Saget. Additionally, on January 17, fans will honor Betty White on her 100th birthday with a donation to local animal shelters. And in case you missed it, Kanye West went on an extravagant first date with model Julia Fox. Ryan and Val talk about what’s considered the perfect first date!

In the kitchen with Alessi

Our home chef, Tawanna Devine, cooks up a special recipe for our vegetarian viewers! Devine stopped by Pete’s in Willowbrook to pick up ingredients for a vegetarian lasagna. Devine is a native of Englewood. After losing her husband several years ago, Devine went on a quest to find a new career and found her passion in cooking! Now Devine is a celebrity chef whose clients include Martin Lawrence, Ice Cube and Roy Ayers. On January 30, Devine will host a Senior Resource Fair at the South Loop Hotel to feed seniors in need.

1 bottle of tomato sauce
1 can of tomato paste
1 jar of various tomatoes
Olive oil
2 eggs
basil (fresh)
Crushed red pepper flakes
1 jar of crushed garlic (fresh)
fresh parsley)

1 red onion
Peppers (green, red) 2 each
3 cups spinach (fresh)
2 cups of artichoke
2 bushels of asparagus
A stick of butter
1 can of chopped tomatoes

Preparation (Preheat oven to 350 F)
1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a skillet large enough to hold all the vegetables. Add all of your vegetables to the skillet. Reduce your heat. (Hint, sauté the garlic and onion over low heat until almost caramelized. Then add the other vegetables over low heat until all the moisture is gone.) Cool and set aside.
2. Cook pasta as directed on package. Enough for a large pan or 2 small pans.
3. Combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan, eggs, salt and pepper, basil, parsley, chopped spinach, mix well until well combined.
4. Coat your (13×9 pan) with olive oil or cooking spray. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the plate. Then make 4 full layers of noodles, vegetables, ricotta mixture, sauce and grated mozzarella cheese,
In that order. Topping in 3 areas 1/4 cup each of Colby cheese.
5. Drizzle 1/4 cup olive oil over top of dish before baking in a 350 F oven for 35 minutes.

Let cool for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving. I suggest a salad with strong vegetables and a sweet raspberry vinaigrette, with summer cherry tomatoes.

You can find Alessi products by visiting their website.

Also, be sure to check the Pete’s Market website to find a location near you, or the Pete’s Market Facebook page.

Val’s Trick Day

Calories don’t count on Val’s Cheat Day! This week, Val visits Bureau Pizza Company in the South Loop. Bureau Pizza opened during the pandemic, last year. The new Chicago pizzeria was created by Bureau Bar and Restaurant owner Kenny Johnson after trying a pizza that one of his chefs, Will Arevalo, made from scratch. Arévalo is now the head chef of the Bureau Pizza Company.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Arevalo said.

During his visit, Val sampled pizza, mozzarella sticks, wings, and one of Bureau Pizza’s most famous menu items, the “Big Meat” Calzone. The “Big Meat” Calzone includes bacon, sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, Italian beef, and fresh mozzarella.

day of service

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday and several local organizations are using it as a “Day of Service” to help communities throughout the Chicagoland area. This year, Ryan and Val have partnered with Convoy of Hope to volunteer their time and services.

The following locations will feed families and provide various resources to their communities. All are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Harold Chicken Shack #88 (Progressive Baptist Church)
124 E 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616
Free wings and fries included – 11 am to 3 pm

Ralph Ellison High School – 10 a.m.
1817 W. 80th Street, Chicago IL 60620

Joplin Elementary – 10 a.m.
7931 S. Honore, Chicago, IL 60620

Sadlowski Elementary – 11 a.m.
3930 East 105th Street, Chicago, IL 60617

Compassion Baptist Church – 11 am
2650 E. 95th Street, Chicago, IL 60617

Additionally, Cradles to Crayons is on a mission to provide children, ages birth to 12, living in low-income or homeless situations, with the essentials they need to thrive – at home, in school, and on the go. the game. They provide these items, free of charge, connecting and engaging communities. They will celebrate MLK Day with a volunteer day at The Giving Factory (4141 W. George St., Chicago). People will sort donations by quality, create children’s clothing packages, pack orders, and more.
This MLK Day drive is Cradles to Crayons’ largest drive of the year, with 38 donation drop-off locations throughout the city and suburbs. Community members are encouraged to donate high-quality children’s items. Find one closest to you at

Most Needed Items:

  • Winter coats
  • Winter boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Pijama
  • For more information, visit the Cradles to Crayons website or email

    You Matter 2 was founded by Destiny Watson in 2014 at the age of 16. You Matter 2 is a nonprofit organization that provides South Suburban youth and families with opportunities to develop leaders and engage communities. They work with students from grades 6 to 12 to help them with youth development and organize community initiatives. On Monday, they will be preparing lunches for South Suburban PADS, which works to prevent and end homelessness, as well as making tie blankets for Project Kennedy, which supports cancer patients and their families. The project takes place from 10am to 12pm at Heather Hill Primary School in Flossmoor.

    For more information on Monday’s events, visit the You Matter 2 website or email

    Spend or save?

    Richard Roeper breaks down which movies are worth spending to see, and which ones you can keep.

    “Shout” – SPEND
    Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox return in a story set a quarter of a century after the original release.

    “My mom, my dad” – EXPENDITURE
    Your Mom, My Dad is a dating reality show with a twist. A group of young adults nominate their divorced parents to live in a house for a second chance at love.

    “Someone somewhere” – EXPENDITURE
    Filmed entirely in suburban Chicago, “Somebody Somewhere” is an HBO series about a woman returning to Kansas dealing with a midlife crisis.

    “Shattered” – EXPENDITURE
    “Shattered” is a type of thriller that combines “Fatal Attraction” with “Misery” starring Shameless actor Cameron Monaghan.

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