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Lunch & Learn at Viking Cooking Schools, Recipe for Tomato Soup

Rolling Pins at Viking Cooking School & Store, Glenview, IL

If I had blinked, I may have missed this culinary gem in the midst of my neighborhood. I had only known Viking to be the makers of ovens, not the creators of culinary schools and I certainly didn’t expect there to be one so close to home, never mind in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Being the curious person I am ... Read More »

The Quickest Fruit Compote Isn’t Just For Dessert

If you’re anything like me, you buy a whole bag of apples with the intention of providing healthy snacks for yourself and your family all week long. The problem in my case is that I try to convince myself that two people in a household can finish them before they lose their crunch. And sometimes husbands request an apple dessert, ... Read More »

Olives Plus Oranges Equals…Brownies?

Olive Tree photo by Nikolai Aamaas, Norway. Nikolai.aamaas@gmail.com

How I finally got around to making Blood Orange Olive Oil Brownies, a recipe I found at the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona. Read More »

Healthy, Inexpensive Breakfast Served Up in No Time

How to Create a Simple, Healthy and Inexpensive Breakfast When You're in a Hurry Read More »

Tuna Burgers | Quick Lunch, Easy Dinner

Fresh Fish | West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio

Tuna or salmon patties are a quick and healthy way to feed yourself and your family when you're short on time. Read More »

A Sundae to Ease into Sunday

I could find no better excuse than simply the need to 'ease' into Sunday with this perfect Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookie Sundae Read More »

Savory Spinach Phyllo Pies {Borek}

Savory Spinach Pie {Borek} | My Halal Kitchen

How I learned to serve a quality brunch for two without spending all morning in the kitchen Read More »

King Arthur Flour Comes to Chicagoland

Scanning through the local paper can prove to be a rewarding endeavor for the thrifty cook these days. I found myself lucky to see a tiny ad in the Chicago Tribune about the King Arthur Flour Company coming to Palatine, IL for a free baking class, one of their many free national classes!) There were actually two classes taking place in the Hotel Indigo that ... Read More »

Breakfast to Go

In a rush to get out the door in the morning, it’s often difficult to make something portable, easy to handle and tasty, all in one. I came up with this very simple and quick breakfast sandwich and would like to share it with you busy (or not so busy) folks out there. Here’s what you need (per person): 2 ... Read More »

Making Homemade Yogurt Has Never Been Easier

I was attracted to the book, French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mirielle Guiliano, not because I wanted to diet (no thanks!), but because I sincerely wanted to re-affirm what I already felt to be true about healthy eating. In it, she describes the benefits of eating yogurt and how to make it both the ... Read More »