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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 »

Northbrook raises a glass to Granite City

Northbrook raises a glass to Granite City
If you’re a beer aficionado, clearly, you’re going to love Northbrook’s newest addition, Granite City. The restaurant has a brewery on-site, where six signature beers are made as well as seasonal varieties such as Pumpkin Lager, which is available now. Still, as someone who is not a beer lover, rather a lover of good food... 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 »

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 »

A decadent, delicious Valentine's Day treat: Double Chocolate Bread Pudding

A decadent, delicious Valentine's Day treat: Double Chocolate Bread Pudding
Want to say  “I love you” or even “I like you” to someone special? Present your beloved with a piece of luscious Double Chocolate Bread Pudding. With or without a dollop of whipped cream, you’re sure to score brownie (or should I say bread pudding?) points. Double Chocolate Bread Pudding is both impressive and easy... Read more »
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Holiday Cookie Recipe #1: Divine Seven Layer Cookies (not bars)

Holiday Cookie Recipe #1: Divine Seven Layer Cookies (not bars)
If you enjoy making cookies for the holidays, you’ll want to add these luscious Seven Layer Cookies to your repertoire. Before you tell me that I can’t count, I know, I know. These Seven Layer Bars actually have more than eight layers, or technically, ingredients. The cookies basically mirror the ingredients in the classic Seven Layer... Read more »

Why you should be massaging your kale

Why you should be massaging your kale
Everyone loves a good massage. Why shouldn’t your kale? I know. I know. Putting kale and massage in the same sentence seems a bit odd. Like Einstein and Kim Kardashian. But there are good reasons why you should be massaging your kale. The main one being that it tastes terrible if you don’t. I used to... Read more »

10 tips for making a great pie crust from the owner of Hoosier Mama Pie Company

10 tips for making a great pie crust from the owner of Hoosier Mama Pie Company
When I read that Paula Haney, owner of the celebrated artisanal bakery/restaurant Hoosier Mama Pie Company, was going to be at the Morton Grove Library to speak about making a great pie crust, I had to be there. Haney is also the author of the darling, retro-looking, extremely helpful and complete The Hoosier Mama Book of... Read more »
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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 »