It's not Lou Malinati's deep dish pizza, but it's healthy, easy and damn good

I love Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza. Really, who doesn’t!? l think I could eat it at every meal for the rest of my life and not get sick of it. I save the crunchy, slightly greasy-in-a-good-way edges for last. They’re the best. I shutter to think about how much fat and cholesterol are in... Read more »

The healthy dessert that tastes exactly like ice cream

No lie. This healthy, frozen treat tastes exactly like ice cream. The secret to its rich, creamy texture is–get this–the AVOCADO! Yes, the nutritionally dense avocado! By the way, we’re not talking about a dessert that tastes similar to ice cream. Or kinda sorta like ice cream. This baby has the taste and looks and mouth-feel... Read more »

Ten healthy things to eat when you really really really want cake

Yep, sometimes I really really really want cake. Chocolate cake topped with a mountain of whipped cream. Mmmm. Sometimes it’s a slice of banana cream pie I crave. Or a Dairy Queen Blizzard. Or a Kit Kat bar.  Or a cupcake, a cookie, brownie, muffin, doughnut, cronut or wonut  (a cross between a waffle and a doughnut,... Read more »
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An easy appetizer to impress food snobs and health nuts

An easy appetizer to impress food snobs and health nuts
Yes, an easy appetizer that will impress both food snobs and health nuts does exist. It’s called Mango Salsa. Every bite is wonderfully complex, bursting with fresh flavors–sweet, sour, citrus-y and spicy. I started with Ellie Krieger’s recipe but then jazzed it up. The result is not only delicious, but it’s really pretty with it’s palette of... Read more »

Another Free Cone Day is coming up soon!

Mark your calendar. When you stop in your local Haagen-Dazs Shop on Tuesday May 13, you’ll get a free ice cream cone. Offer good from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at participating stores. Don’t you just love the word “free”!?  

The one dessert that's delicious, healthy and can be whipped up in no time flat

The one dessert that's delicious, healthy and can be whipped up in no time flat
These No-Bake Energy Bites are what’s missing from your life.  They’re easy-breezy to make,  absolutely delicious, and get this–they’re healthy! What more could you possibly ask for in a dessert recipe? (OK, they could be slightly more attractive, but that could be said for a lot of us.) The recipe came courtesy of Pamela Adler,... Read more »
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The Magic Cake: The cake to make with the kiddies!

The Magic Cake: The cake to make with the kiddies!
The Magic Cake is the coolest. You make one simple batter, pour it into into a pan,  and it “magically” bakes up into a lovely three layer cake, which includes a delicious custard in the middle. After I baked the cake and cut out a piece, I could hardly believe the results.  All I could... Read more »

Free Cone Day is coming up soon!

One of my favorite days is coming up soon. Free Cone Day is Tuesday April 8 at all participating Ben & Jerry shops. All those great flavors. Cherry Garcia, Banana Split and a lot more. Don’t miss out!  

What Republican Bruce Rauner's surprising favorite meal is

What Republican Bruce Rauner's surprising favorite meal is
When it comes to food, Bruce Rauner, the deep-pocketed businessman and  frontrunner in the Republican primary for governor of Illinois has something in common with, well, us common folk. According to Leili  Doerr, Deputy Director for Citizens for Rauner Inc., Bruce Rauner’s favorite meal is a Hackney’s burger and the fried onion brick.  His numero... Read more »
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Republican Bill Brady's reveals what his favorite restaurants are

Republican Bill Brady's reveals what his favorite restaurants are
Illinois State Senator Bill Brady, Republican primary candidate for governor of Illinois, is quite the foodie. When we asked him what his favorite meal is, he emailed back saying that he didn’t have just one top pick but enjoys an array of specialties  at a variety of restaurants. Besides Thanksgiving dinner, here are some of the... Read more »