Healthier Dessert: Banana-Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Bars

“Healthy dessert” sometimes sounds like an oxymoron (even though I’ve been known to use those words together) so let’s call these scrumptious, easy-to-make Banana-Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Bars a healthier dessert. Works for me. And I think it’ll work for you too when you’re craving something sweet and yummy but don’t want to feel guilty about eating... Read more »

French Onion Soup: John Kass, you're responsible for my obsession with it

French Onion Soup: John Kass, you're responsible for my obsession with it
Yep, it’s your fault, John Kass. Ever since reading your recipe for French Onion Soup in the Chicago Tribune, I’d been jones-ing for the stuff. Kass describes his creation as “the best French Onion soup in the universe,” and I don’t think that’s complete hyperbole. But unless Kass or someone else makes this soup for... Read more »

In this season of overindulgence, make an amazingly delicious Faux Cream Soup

In this season of overindulgence, make an amazingly delicious Faux Cream Soup
In this season of overindulgence, it’s nice to be able to take a break from all the carbo-loading and enjoy a hearty, satisfying soup that gives you the illusion that you’re eating something rich but isn’t. This luscious Faux Cream Soup, with its thick texture and luscious taste, fills the bill. Amazingly, there’s not a... Read more »
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The perfect chocolate cookie for Christmas

The perfect chocolate cookie for Christmas
I love this perfect chocolate cookie on so many levels. First of all, it’s ultra-choocolaty, delivering a double wallop of the dark, divine stuff in every rich bite. Secondly, the cookies are soft and chewey, not crispy. Just the way I like them. But best of all, the cookies are quick and easy to make,... Read more »

Great rice dish: Good enough for your holiday table or tonight's dinner

Great rice dish: Good enough for your holiday table or tonight's dinner
My mother used to make a variation of this great rice dish every holiday dinner that she hosted. Everyone loved it–especially the mushroom lovers. The side dish, called Fancy Pants Mushroom Rice because it’s ooh-and-ahh-worthy even though it’s easy to make, is a variation of the one my mom used to make. It’s a little... Read more »

Andersonville Dessert Crawl this Sunday!

The 8th annual Anderson Dessert Crawl is an event that at one time would have been right up my alley. And truth by told, it still is even though I’ve cut down significantly on my sugar intake. I mean if you’re going to eat dessert, you might as well really enjoy it. And it sounds... Read more »
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Pesto Fish: Easiest impressive entree maybe ever

I’m a sucker for quick, easy, impressive recipes that result in lots of oohs! and ahhs! when you serve them. So when I came across a recipe for grilled pesto chicken, I thought: Why not try to convert the chicken recipe into a fish recipe? I used some nice wild cod fillets, but any similar... Read more »

Crispy Kale Chips: How to make them so they're just as healthy as raw kale

I’m warning you right now: If you haven’t been a fan of the ever-so-trendy vegetable kale up ’til now, you probably won’t be enamored of Crispy Kale Chips either. But kale, as you probably know, is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s rich in vitamin A, C and K and may provide significant health benefits, including cancer... Read more »

No Cook Oatmeal: Get it while it's still summer!

No Cook Oatmeal: Get it while it's still summer!
My husband and I each gobble up a bowl of oatmeal (which we affectionately refer to as gruel) almost every morning because well, it’s good for you. But come summer, we like to go a little wild. Instead of our usual bowl of the ho hum hot stuff, we make what we call No Cook... Read more »
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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 »