Archive for October 2013

How to make an easy pumpkin bread worthy of Halloween

According to a very reliable source and great cook–my friend Mary, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread Mix is not only easy to make but bakes up into a scrumptious, homemade-tasting  treat. The mix has no artificial flavors or preservatives, and it’s only $2.99. I was a little dubious because I’ve tried other Trader Joe mixes (brownies,... Read more »

The gross reason why you should grind your own flour

The gross reason why you should grind your own flour
If you want to maximize the nutrients from the food you eat, you should grind your own flour, according to whEAT REAL cooking instructor and whole grains expert Kim Nordin. Nordin led a seminar at the Palatine Public Library where she told a captivated audience that when you use commercial whole wheat flour or eat... Read more »

Easy lunch: Middle Eastern Pizza

Easy lunch: Middle Eastern Pizza
This easy lunch idea was inspired from a recipe featured in a piece by Joe Gray in the Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating section. The recipe in the Tribune,  Chickpea Pancake with Broccoli and Eggplant, was from a book called “Eat Your Vegetables” by Joe Yonan. And although the dish sounded great, there was no way... Read more »
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Huge baking and sweets show coming up soon!

Huge baking and sweets show coming up soon!
Billed as North America’s first baking and sweets event, America’s Baking and Sweets Show, is an event custom-made for all you sweets aficionados out there! The show features–among other things:  bakeries, chocolate makers, recipes, food samples, hot baking trends, baking competitions, and baking and decorating classes taught by teachers from Le Cordon Bleu. Oh yeah,... Read more »