Pumpkin Garden Pasta Sauce: A luscious change of pace from turkey

Pumpkin Garden Pasta Sauce: A luscious change of pace from turkey
By now, you’re probably have had turkey up to your ears. But even if you haven’t, this luscious Pumpkin Garden Pasta Sauce is sure to wow you. It’s perfect if you looove pumpkin and even if you who don’t. That’s because the sauce isn’t in your face shouting  “PUMPKIN!” In fact, it doesn’t even whisper it.... Read more »

Pumpkin Bisque: The cure for Election Stress Disorder

Pumpkin Bisque: The cure for Election Stress Disorder
Here’s one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on: We’re all going bonkers over the election. It’s called Election Stress Disorder. And, yes, it’s a real thing. I feel your pain. That’s why I’m recommending a recipe during these troubling times: Pumpkin Bisque. We all handle stress differently. Some of us drink alcohol. Some of... Read more »

Northbrook raises a glass to Granite City

Northbrook raises a glass to Granite City
If you’re a beer aficionado, clearly, you’re going to love Northbrook’s newest addition, Granite City. The restaurant has a brewery on-site, where six signature beers are made as well as seasonal varieties such as Pumpkin Lager, which is available now. Still, as someone who is not a beer lover, rather a lover of good food... Read more »
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Berry Buckle: A fabulous and easy alternative to strawberry shortcake

Berry Buckle: A fabulous and easy alternative to strawberry shortcake
Never heard of a Buckle before? Neither did I until I found a recipe for one while I was surfing the Internet. I was looking for a luscious dessert recipe that I could bring to a potluck, but I wanted one that would also be quick and easy. I came across a recipe for Strawberry... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »