Category: easy recipes

Pumpkin Garden Pasta Sauce: A luscious change of pace from turkey

Pumpkin Garden Pasta Sauce: A luscious change of pace from turkey
By now, you’re probably have had turkey up to your ears. But even if you haven’t, this luscious Pumpkin Garden Pasta Sauce is sure to wow you. It’s perfect if you looove pumpkin and even if you who don’t. That’s because the sauce isn’t in your face shouting  “PUMPKIN!” In fact, it doesn’t even whisper it.... Read more »

Pumpkin Bisque: The cure for Election Stress Disorder

Pumpkin Bisque: The cure for Election Stress Disorder
Here’s one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on: We’re all going bonkers over the election. It’s called Election Stress Disorder. And, yes, it’s a real thing. I feel your pain. That’s why I’m recommending a recipe during these troubling times: Pumpkin Bisque. We all handle stress differently. Some of us drink alcohol. Some of... Read more »

Berry Buckle: A fabulous and easy alternative to strawberry shortcake

Berry Buckle: A fabulous and easy alternative to strawberry shortcake
Never heard of a Buckle before? Neither did I until I found a recipe for one while I was surfing the Internet. I was looking for a luscious dessert recipe that I could bring to a potluck, but I wanted one that would also be quick and easy. I came across a recipe for Strawberry... Read more »
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7 tips for using an immersion blender fearlessly

7 tips for using an immersion blender fearlessly
My handy-dandy immersion blender has helped me to eat healthier and lose weight. Recently, I professed my love for it on Sugar Buzz Chicago. If you already own an immersion blender or if you ran out and bought one after reading the blog post as my fellow blogger and good friend Bonnie McGrath did, congratulations! Here are some... Read more »

Seven ways an immersion blender can help you eat healthier and lose weight

Immersion blenders have been around for years. But I came late to the party. I bought an immersion blender about a month ago and already I’m in love! True, it looks like a cross between a piece of exercise equipment and well, yes, a vibrator, but so what!? The immersion blender, also known as a... Read more »

Pizza Muffins: The flavors you love in a pizza, only in tender, flaky muffins

Pizza Muffins:  The flavors you love in a pizza, only in tender, flaky muffins
Want to jazz up an ordinary dinner? Or add depth to an already fancy schmancy one? These Pizza Muffins will do the trick. Yep, these savory, scrumptious muffins have flavors reminiscent of pizza pie. I love that they’re so quick and easy to make. And I love that they’re so versatile. Last week, I served them... Read more »
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Apple Pie Quesadillas: a quick, healthy, delicious alternative to apple pie

Apple Pie Quesadillas: a quick, healthy, delicious alternative to apple pie
Apple Pie Quesadillas. They’re the perfect post-Thanksgiving treat to eat after the guilt sets in. You know, because just like always on Turkey Day, you gobbled up far more turkey-gravy-dressing-green-bean-casserole-cranberry-sauce-pumpkin-pie-apple-pie than you intended. This recipe for Apple Pie Quesadillas makes for a sweet, satisfying treat reminiscence of apple pie but without the junk food status.... Read more »

How to make fun, easy Cannoli Cones

How to make fun, easy Cannoli Cones
Once again longtime friend and fellow blogger Bonnie McGrath gave me a cooking challenge: To come up with another version of a recipe for Cupcake Cones, which Bonnie’s daughter Molly loves. The Cupcake Cones are cuter-than-cute little cakes that are baked in ice cones and frosted to resemble real ice cream cones. Bonnie was looking for a healthier version.... Read more »

Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw: A recipe from the Tribune's Rick Pearson

Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw: A recipe from the Tribune's Rick Pearson
Most people listen to the Tribune’s Rick Pearson on “WGN radio’s “Sunday Spin” for the political insight. I do too. But about a year ago, I got the greatest great scoop ever from Rick on this show: Blue Cheese and Bacon Coleslaw. Rick put the recipe, which was originally from Bon Appetit , on his Facebook page, and... Read more »
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Think of these no-sugar cookies as Methadone for sugar junkies

Think of these no-sugar cookies as Methadone for sugar junkies
Sugar is supposed to be just as addictive as heroin and I (whose Twitter handle happens to be sugarbuzzjudy) believe it. That’s why I think of these delicious little babies as Methadone for sugar junkies like me. When I’m craving something sweet and dessert-y but don’t want to give in to my inner sugar demon, these... Read more »