Archive for September 2011

Healthier desserts in the Dining section of today's Tribune

Would you like to be able to enjoy truly healthy desserts? Who wouldn’t. Sorry, friends. While there’s no such thing as a completely guilt-free dessert–unless you’re talking about an apple or an orange, you can  check out my story about places where you can snag healthier (a relative word) dessert options in today’s Chicago Tribune. It’s... Read more »

Free pink podiums for breast cancer awareness groups

Free pink podiums for breast cancer awareness groups
This isn’t my usual sort of post. But  National Breast Cancer Awareness is next month. Unfortunately, many of us know someone–a mother, a sister, a friend (or maybe even yourself) who’s had or has the disease.  That’s why I thought I’d use this space to tell you about AmpliVox and their Pink Podium Promise program. AmpliVox, a... Read more »

Ten things I learned from Chef Gale Gand

Ten things I learned from Chef Gale Gand
My heart was all a flutter. But I wasn’t the only one. One hundred and thirty-nine other groupies, I mean people (98 percent of them women), were on the edge of their seats watching  Gale Gand, TV cooking star, cookbook author and   executive pastry chef and partner of the renowned Chicago restaurant Tru. We... Read more »
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A new restaurant to check out: Jam 'n Honey

A new restaurant to check out: Jam 'n Honey
When I opened an email from my friend Michelle Damico  describing  the food at her sister Jeanine’s new north side restaurant Jam ‘n Honey, my stomach started to grumble (Granted, it was 11 in the morning and I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet, but still). Jeanine and her husband Frank also own two other great eateries,... Read more »

Julia Roberts' Fresh Peach Crisp

Julia Roberts' Fresh Peach Crisp
Believe it or not, after all my ranting about bad peaches, I got suckered again. The other day in the supermarket, I spotted a bushel of  gorgeous sunny-yellow peaches, and I took some home. I was sure they were going to ripen beautifully and taste, if not great,  good. Wrong. The peaches are still sitting... Read more »

I hate bait-and-switch supermarket peaches

I hate bait-and-switch supermarket peaches
Supermarket peaches disappoint me, much like  Washington politicians.  The fruit looks gorgeous at the store–pale yellow orbs with lakes of teeny tiny dark red freckles. Perfect looking. Perfect to the touch. But then I get them home and a day or two later, they get soft and mushy in some spots and stay hard in others.... Read more »
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