Archive for December 2011

What not to buy me for Christmas

Merry Christmas cupcake cookie jar
I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond the other day, and I was amazed to find that cupcakes have taken over the holiday season. There were cupcake-related items on display everywhere.  It was literally cupcake Christmas overkill. My curiosity got to me  so I did a bit of  online investigating and found out that not only did... Read more »

The one cookbook I'm giving for Christmas

The one cookbook I'm giving for Christmas
I have a new favorite cookbook–the new edition of Beat This! Cookbook by Ann Hodgman.  The book is  also beloved by local author Elizabeth Berg, who wrote a blurb and the foreword to the book.  Berg’s praise for the cookbook was definitely part of the reason I picked it up in the first place. And, as it... Read more »

Something dark and delicious about Donny Osmond

Something dark and delicious about Donny Osmond
By now, you probably know that the still-adorable singing siblings, Donny and Marie Osmond, are here performing their show “Christmas in Chicago” at the Oriental Theatre.  But what you might now know is that Donny is a bit of a chocoholic. According to Donny’s executive assistant, Donny has a weaknesss  for Haagen-Dazs chocolate chocolate chip... Read more »
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Meet Val Warner and eat desserts at tonight's event!

Meet Val Warner and eat desserts at tonight's event!
Tonight, Val Warner, of ABC’s  ”Windy City Live,” will emcee “Holiday Rock and Roll,” an event to benefit Share Our Strength, an organization which has a mission of  ending childhood hunger in America. Hosted by Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy and Chef Greg Biggers, the event will feature a variety of big-time chefs preparing their modern interpretation... Read more »