Archive for 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 »

Steal this restaurant's dessert idea for Thanksgiving

Steal this restaurant's dessert idea for Thanksgiving
For my money–especially when you’ve snagged one of their ubiquitous coupons, Sweet Tomatoes is the best buffet restaurant around. With the restaurant’s vast landscape of fresh veggies and soups–some even heart-healthy, your meal can be as good-for-you as you choose. Still, who can eat there and not have dessert? (obviously, not me) For dinner, Sweet... Read more »

Sugar Bliss fashion event

Sugar Bliss fashion event
Lindsay Kroll and Paige Smith, owners of the Cake Plate Boutique, a contemporary designer fashion boutique in Napa Valley, California, will be appearing at Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique , showing us Chicagoans how to master the California cool style. (As you might suspect, the word “cool” has nothing to do with frigid temps like we have... Read more »
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Healthy carrot salad good enough for dessert

Healthy carrot salad good enough for dessert
Sometimes you have that devil/angel thing going on in your head. You’re jonesing  for something sweet, but you don’t want the fat and calories. That’s when you want to make a batch of Allan’s Carrot-Raisin Salad.  I know this sounds like a summer recipe. But since my husband Allan recently came with it, I thought... Read more »

Eat cupcakes and help fight breast cancer

Eat cupcakes and help fight breast cancer
Chicago’s Wildfire restaurant is hosting Cupcakes and Cocktails for the Cure. The event will benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day for Cure, an organization which helps fund breast health programs and breast cancer research. Expect an assortment of mini cupcakes, including a gorgeous Strawberry Swiss Buttercream creation  from Sugar Plum Fairy, along with special dessert cocktails. Where: Wildfire Chicago,... Read more »

More fuel for Gwyneth haters

More fuel for Gwyneth haters
While I enjoyed skimming through  Gwyneth Paltrow‘s new cookbook “My Father’s Daughter,”  a tribute to her dad, the late Bruce Paltrow,  I can see why there are many Gwyneth haters out there. Her seemingly perfect life not only includes being a beautiful movie star, a style guru, a singer and a cookbook author but having a... Read more »
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Finally, a healthier bar cookie

Finally, a healthier bar cookie
We all love bar cookies. But if you’re looking for a healthier cookie for yourself or your kids, most bar cookies are not the way to go. They’re usually loaded with sugar and fat. And the lack of  nutritious ingredients might just rival the national debt. These Apricot Walnut  Bars are a bit healthier than... Read more »