Dunham Township

107 Airport Rd, , Harvard, Illinois 60033
815-943-4444 | | 815-943-4600

Stuff & Things


Welcome to Dunham Township.

 This tab brings you recipes, trivia, more event info, etc.

  The three photos represent natural beauty in Dunham Township. The last photo is the Rush Creek flowing after the heavy rains of June 2019. 

Helpful hint

Grease a measuring spoon or cup before adding honey. The honey will slide out quicker leaving no residue.

Fun Project:

Teacup garden 

For drainage, drill a hole in the bottom of a teacup.  Fill with cactus potting soil( better draining, keeps roots happy)

Purchase a few two inch succulents at the nursery.

Plant a focal point succulent in the center, midsize plants along the edges and a trailer like succulent in the front. 

A window that receives six to eight hours of bright sun is ideal. Water thoroughly when the soil is completely dry. Better Homes and Gardens 5/2019

The best things in life aren't things.   Art Buchwald


Home Activities....

Catch up on a good book

Watch a movie

Play board games

Clean out a forgotten drawer or closet

Harvest your flowers and veggies from your gardens.

Preserve vegetables and fruits

Clean out your unwanted emails

Work in  your yard 

Find a recipe by looking thru your pantry. 

Check out your bird feeders! There is such a variety!

Call a friend or family member

Take a bike ride

Fly a kite

Take a walk around your neighborhood or property. Look and listen for nature!!


   Thank you to the active and retired military personnel for what they have sacrificed for our country.  Remember an act of kindness goes along way. Always pay it forward, you will not be disappointed with the results. 

 Recipes Galore, see below!!!!

Potato Pancakes II

2 cups mashed potatoes

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp salt

In a medium bowl, mix together potatoes, beaten egg, salt and cheese. Melt butter on a large griddle at medium heat. Drop potato mixture onto griddle, 1/4 cup at a time. Flatten with a spatula to a 1/2 inch thick. Fry approximately 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve hot.  Allrecipes 2020

Cauliflower Popcorn

8 cups small cauliflower florets, stems trimmed

3 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp salt

On large rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, turmeric and salt. Roast at 475 F for 25 to 30 minutes or until browned and tender. Serve immediately. Good Housekeeping test kitchen 2016

Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

2 large shallots, thinly sliced

1/3 cup white wine vinegar

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp kosher salt

3 1/2 pounds small yukon gold potatoes cut into 3/4 inch chunks

2 tbsp whole grain mustard

Black pepper to taste

2/3 cup olive oil

1 1/2 cups fresh parsley, chopped

Combine the shallots in a large bowl with the vinegar, sugar and salt. Set aside so they pickle slightly while you cook the potatoes.

Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water by an inch. Season with salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain well and let sit in colander about 10 minutes to cool slightly. Whisk the mustard into the shallot mixture. Season with pepper. Whisk in the olive oil in a slow and steady stream to make a slightly thick dressing.  Add the warm potatoes and toss well. Add the parsley and toss again. Season with more pepper and salt if desired.  The Pioneer Women Summer 2019

Herby Yogurt Dips 

1 plain yogurt cup

Mix in crumbled feta, sliced scallion, mint and lemon juice to your liking


Mix in orange zest and chopped dill to your liking


Crumbled blue cheese,hot sauce and chopped parsley to your liking

Add flavor to your plain yogurt cup. September 2020 Good Housekeeping

Lemon Posset

2 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup sugar

1 tbsp lemon zest plus 6 tbsp juice( from two lemons)

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

In a medium saucepan, bring the cream, sugar, and lemon zest to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice.  Let cool slightly about 20 minutes.

Strain the cream into a medium bowl or small pitcher. Divide evenly among six 4 ounce ramekins or bowls. Refrigerate, uncovered until set about 3 hours. Let sit 10  minutes at room temperature. Top the possets with blueberries.  Rachel Ray Everyday jan/ feb 2019

Meatless Chili Mac

1 large onion,chopped

1 medium green pepper, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove,minced

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni

1 can 16 ounces chili beans,undrained

1 can 15 1/2 ounces great northern beans, rinsed and drained

1 can 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can 8 ounces tomato sauce

4 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup fat free sour cream

In dutch oven, saute onion and green pepper in oil until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the water, macaroni,beans,tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 min or until macaroni is tender. Top each serving with a tablespoon of sour cream. Taste of Home

Sugar Cookies

1 stick and 2 tablespoons of salted butter

1/3 cup sugar

1 cup all purpose flour

 Preheat oven to 325F. Cream butter and sugar with mixer until the butter is almost white and the consistency is light and fluffy. Stir in the flour. Form into 1 inch balls and place two inches a part.  Bake 15-17 minutes   Delish Online

Mediterranean Dip

1 8oz pkg cream cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

1 4oz pkg crumbled feta cheese

2 tsps garlic powder

2 tsps dried dill weed

Mix all ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Allrecipes

The McHenry County Historical Society Museum will be unveiling four brand new exhibits this summer.  They are: Travel by Horse and Buggy, Call to Arms, Riding the Rails and The Fight for Illinois Suffrage. For information visit www.GotHistory.org

The Young Red Tail hawk that was found by a Township employee on Streit Road in August 2019 was released at Rush Creek in October after  being rehabilitated at the McHenry County Conservation District. Thank you MCCD for all your care towards the hawk. 


National Food Holidays....

November 28th, National French Toast Day