7 tips for using an immersion blender fearlessly

7 tips for using an immersion blender fearlessly
My handy-dandy immersion blender has helped me to eat healthier and lose weight. Recently, I professed my love for it on Sugar Buzz Chicago. If you already own an immersion blender or if you ran out and bought one after reading the blog post as my fellow blogger and good friend Bonnie McGrath did, congratulations! Here are some... Read more »

75 healthier food items you can eat at Taste of Chicago

75 healthier food items you can eat at Taste of Chicago
With Taste of Chicago just around the corner, it’s nice to know that you don’t have to chow down on stuff you’ll feel guilty about when you get home. Thanks in part to the Humana Healthier Choices program, there will be 75 healthier food items from 29 restaurants, which represents about 40 percent of the... Read more »

Seven ways an immersion blender can help you eat healthier and lose weight

Immersion blenders have been around for years. But I came late to the party. I bought an immersion blender about a month ago and already I’m in love! True, it looks like a cross between a piece of exercise equipment and well, yes, a vibrator, but so what!? The immersion blender, also known as a... Read more »
Advertisement:

Pizza Muffins: The flavors you love in a pizza, only in tender, flaky muffins

Pizza Muffins:  The flavors you love in a pizza, only in tender, flaky muffins
Want to jazz up an ordinary dinner? Or add depth to an already fancy schmancy one? These Pizza Muffins will do the trick. Yep, these savory, scrumptious muffins have flavors reminiscent of pizza pie. I love that they’re so quick and easy to make. And I love that they’re so versatile. Last week, I served them... Read more »

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 »
Advertisement:

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 »

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 »
Advertisement:

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 »