A decadent, delicious Valentine's Day treat: Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

A decadent, delicious Valentine's Day treat: Double Chocolate Bread Pudding
Want to say  ”I love you” or even “I like you” to someone special? Present your beloved with a piece of luscious Double Chocolate Bread Pudding. With or without a dollop of whipped cream, you’re sure to score brownie (or should I say bread pudding?) points. Double Chocolate Bread Pudding is both impressive and easy... Read more »

Local woman tells what it was like to eat at the White House

Mary at the White House gate.
You’re looking at Mary Mazzeffi in the midst of decorating the White House for the holiday season. Mary, a display artist at Toms-Price Home Furnishings in Wheaton, was one of 89 volunteers from 35 states chosen to help deck out the halls and rooms of the historic building. Thousands of people applied for the coveted... Read more »

Holiday Cookie Recipe #2: Pistachio Cookies

Holiday Cookie Recipe #2: Pistachio Cookies
There is so much nutty goodness in these Pistachio Cookies! Plus, they have so much going for them this time of year. These luscious cookies are different from other holiday cookies. And they have a lovely greenish hue (actually, they’re a pretty light green color if you use all-purpose flour. I used whole wheat.). If you... Read more »
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Holiday Cookie Recipe #1: Divine Seven Layer Cookies (not bars)

Holiday Cookie Recipe #1: Divine Seven Layer Cookies (not bars)
If you enjoy making cookies for the holidays, you’ll want to add these luscious Seven Layer Cookies to your repertoire. Before you tell me that I can’t count, I know, I know. These Seven Layer Bars actually have more than eight layers, or technically, ingredients. The cookies basically mirror the ingredients in the classic Seven Layer... Read more »

Apple Pie Quesadillas: a quick, healthy, delicious alternative to apple pie

Apple Pie Quesadillas: a quick, healthy, delicious alternative to apple pie
Apple Pie Quesadillas. They’re the perfect post-Thanksgiving treat to eat after the guilt sets in. You know, because just like always on Turkey Day, you gobbled up far more turkey-gravy-dressing-green-bean-casserole-cranberry-sauce-pumpkin-pie-apple-pie than you intended. This recipe for Apple Pie Quesadillas makes for a sweet, satisfying treat reminiscence of apple pie but without the junk food status.... Read more »

Why you should be massaging your kale

Why you should be massaging your kale
Everyone loves a good massage. Why shouldn’t your kale? I know. I know. Putting kale and massage in the same sentence seems a bit odd. Like Einstein and Kim Kardashian. But there are good reasons why you should be massaging your kale. The main one being that it tastes terrible if you don’t. I used to... Read more »
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10 tips for making a great pie crust from the owner of Hoosier Mama Pie Company

10 tips for making a great pie crust from the owner of Hoosier Mama Pie Company
When I read that Paula Haney, owner of the celebrated artisanal bakery/restaurant Hoosier Mama Pie Company, was going to be at the Morton Grove Library to speak about making a great pie crust, I had to be there. Haney is also the author of the darling, retro-looking, extremely helpful and complete The Hoosier Mama Book of... Read more »

French Toast Roll-ups: Luscious Stuffed French Toast made with a lot healthier stuff

There’s no question French toast stuffed with a cream cheese-base filling tastes divine. But to make this dish great when it’s not oozing with cream cheese, sour cream, whipped cream or other forms of artery-clogging sludge–well, that takes a little more thought. So think about it I did (Hey, that’s what keeps me up late at... Read more »

How to make fun, easy Cannoli Cones

How to make fun, easy Cannoli Cones
Once again longtime friend and fellow blogger Bonnie McGrath gave me a cooking challenge: To come up with another version of a recipe for Cupcake Cones, which Bonnie’s daughter Molly loves. The Cupcake Cones are cuter-than-cute little cakes that are baked in ice cones and frosted to resemble real ice cream cones. Bonnie was looking for a healthier version.... Read more »
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Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw: A recipe from the Tribune's Rick Pearson

Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw: A recipe from the Tribune's Rick Pearson
Most people listen to the Tribune’s Rick Pearson on “WGN radio’s “Sunday Spin” for the political insight. I do too. But about a year ago, I got the greatest great scoop ever from Rick on this show: Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw. Rick put the recipe, which was originally from Bon Appetit , on his Facebook page, and... Read more »