Archive for February 2011

Fabulous & super easy Dutch Baby Pancake recipe!

   Post and recipe by Michelle Damico, guest blogger While you can find this “Dutch Baby” or “German Pancake” on many breakfast menus for anywhere between $7-$9, you can easily make it at home for pennies. I took the Dutch Baby recipe from the “Joy of Cooking” and altered it somewhat. In the past, I have doubled or... Read more »

Live concert in Barrington bakery!

    This is going to show my age, but I remember a time when there was a plethora of coffeehouses (none named Starbucks or Caribou) which featured both sweets and musical acts. My favorite was Medici, the precurser to the present-day Medici restaurant in Hyde Park. This Medici was a coffeehouse, which served ice cream and... Read more »

A hot chocolate investigation worthy of "60 Minutes"

by Bonnie McGrath, guest blogger              Since winter started, I have been craving good hot chocolate.  Something I haven’t thought about in a long time.  Because whenever I made it from a pedestrian mix or ordered hot chocolate while out at a restaurant in recent years, it always seemed to taste like Ovaltine.  Even when... Read more »
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Sweety Pies Bakery on "Chicago's Best" tonight!

    You heard about Sweety Pies and their fabulous Apple Pie Crisp right here on Sugar Buzz Chicago. Now the Skokie bakery-cafe is going to be featured on “Chicago’s Best” on  WGN tonight at 10 p.m. The show will be showcasing some of their other yummy pies, including their Crocodile Pie. Be sure to check out the show, but first click onto the... Read more »

It's Paczki time: Buy 'em or learn how to make 'em!

More treats from Delightful Pastries.
  Making the Paczki dough. Sure, you could go out and buy Paczki, the bismarck-like Polish goodies. But now you can learn how to make them at Delightful Pastries bakery. You’ll learn how to to make angel’s wings–the crispy fried dough treats, too. The class, which takes place Sunday March 6, 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m., is taught by Dobra Bielinski, pastry... Read more »

Free Grooms Cake at TipsyCake bakery!

A stunning wedding cake from TipsyCake.
Grooms’ Cake from Tipsycake. If you’re a bride or groom-to-be, Chicago’s TipsyCake bakery has a fantastic deal for you! And if you know someone who is getting hitched, it’s a deal you definitely want to pass along.  TipsyCake is giving away a free Grooms Cake with any wedding cake order placed before March 31, 2011. That’s a $300 value!... Read more »
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Free cheese tasting party tomorrow!

    Dave’s Specialty Foods in Mount Prospect had originally scheduled their cheese tasting party during the big blizzard so naturally, they had to cancel. But the party is now on for tomorrow, Tuesday Feb. 22, from 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dave Esau, the owner, is a caterer and all-around nice guy who is quite knowledgeable about  cheese. Dave’s cheese tasting parties are fun,... Read more »

Emanuel wins by a landslide!

  Last week, Sugar Buzz Chicago ran a series of posts revealing the favorite dessert choice of each Chicago mayoral candidate. Today, we know how many total visitors clicked onto each post. Here’s the percentage breakdown for the candidates: Rahm Emanuel’s post: 72% of the total visitorsCarol Moseley Braun’s post: 18%Gery Chico’s post: 6%Miguel del Valle’s, Patricia Van Pelt’s &... Read more »

What bakeries do with their leftovers

  Haven’t you always wondered what bakeries do with their leftovers? You can bet it’s crossed my mind a time or two. That’s why I made it my mission to find out.   I learned that there isn’t much waste in most bakeries, and there is some recycling of products going on. Day-old bread is often used to make... Read more »
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Photo gallery of gorgeous wedding cakes

Cupcakes and cake from Sweet Whimsy Bakery.
    If you’re getting married or even if you’re not, you’ll want to feast your eyes on these wedding cakes, literally edible works of art. The cakes were all made by Chicago-area bakeries: Roeser’s, Deerfields, Angel Food, Sweety Pies, TipsyCake, Oak Mill, Lezza and Sweet Whimsy. Just click onto the underlined bakery below for each bakery’s website.... Read more »