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Peoria Loses a Pizza Titan

Is there pizza in heaven? If so, Jim Agatucci is serving it with a smile Jim Agatucci looked at me

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hasselback potatoes

Rosemary and Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Rosemary and Garlic Hasselback Potatoes The Hasselback is one of the most impressive recipes you can make with a simple potato. It’s also one of the easiest. The name for

Mission Possible: Downtown, from empty to awesome

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s March edition, dedicated to the subject of reviving Peoria’s Downtown. I come at this issue from the perspective of the young, raw newspaper reporter who moved

Final respects can wait no more

The first slave that Abraham Lincoln helped free rests in an unmarked, asphalted-over grave in South Peoria, but no longer forgotten. Soon, Nance Legins-Costley’s name will finally rise above her final

See it, Be it

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s February edition, in which we shine a spotlight on Progress & Achievement, specifically by those who not uncommonly have faced barriers to both: people of color.

Winter sunrise photo

Be healthy, be happy, be kind

Welcome to the first issue of 2023, in which we at Peoria Magazine turn the page on a new year and a fresh attitude toward a recurring January theme: Health

George Manias

The nicest of nice guys

And longtime shoeshine owner George Manias is the hardest working, too, with the documentary to prove it. George Manias likes to chat about most anything, except maybe himself. The 91-year-old

American Pandemic Art

America’s Other Pandemic

On average, 20% of all adults in America wrestle with various degrees of mental health issues, from mild to moderate to severe impairment. A larger percentage of young adults, approaching

Black Dal

Black Dal

Black Dal Mary DiSomma The flavors of Indian cuisine are complex, but with the right ingredients, creating the perfect Indian dish doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I was fortunate to

Talking Christmas Tree

When Christmas trees spoke to us

Meet the inaugural voice behind the legendary Bergner’s Talking Christmas Tree. In the above 1977 photo, 5-year-old Jennifer Zenzen poses next to the Bergner’s Talking Christmas Tree at Sheridan Village. The

All cheer Peoria’s glass-ceiling gladiators

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s December edition, in which we introduce some of the most influential women in central Illinois and highlight the contributions they have made and continue to, often

Christmas Macaron Tower

Christmas Macaron Tower Mary DiSomma For the holidays, I turn my famous wedding macaron tower into an edible Christmas tree. Green-colored macaron shells are filled with a creamy gingerbread buttercream.

ducks in flight

Everyone deserves to be led well

What does it take to be a good leader?  If you ask five people that question, you’ll likely get five different answers. Leaders share the vision and chart the course

Bear Market Graphic

Surviving a Bear Market

The stock market began its current slide on Jan. 3, 2022, and was confirmed a bear market – generally defined as a drop of 20% – on June 13. The

Sunset View

All Hail the Young and the Restless

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s November edition, in which we celebrate at least 40 reasons to be optimistic about the future of central Illinois.  In compiling the stories for this annual

A replica of the sculpture by Auguste Rodin, made form wire with the text "Challenge: take a week and truly dissect your thinking

A Penny – Maybe More — For Your Thoughts?

Here’s a question for you.  How much thought do you give to your thoughts? I confess there was a time in my leadership journey when I never considered my thoughts. You’re

Here’s to the Dreamers and Doers

Welcome to Peoria Magazine’s Infrastructure and Architecture edition, dedicated to those who first imagine, then build. Obviously, I chose a profession that allows me to construct with words as my