6 Food Trends Gaining Traction in 2019

The dawn of a new year has long been a time for forecasts and prophecies, for both trendspotters and laymen alike. For starters, everyone wants a jump start on the hottest fashions, the colors of the year, sports team rankings, and the future state of the economy. All valid concerns, but of course my area […]

7 Best Chicago Bakeries for Delicious Holiday Desserts

One thing I’ve learned after many years of entertaining at home: Everyone loves dessert. So my advice to you is, don’t skimp. Go big AND stay home. Chicago is filled with fabulous bakeries producing Instagram-worthy, delectable goodies, and they’re more than happy to help you end your party — be it an intimate dinner gathering, […]

8 Must-Try Chocolate Desserts Around Chicago

Oct. 28 is National Chocolate Day, as if we needed another excuse to indulge. Here are our favorite places in town to get a dark chocolate antioxidant fix (and boost your brain power in the process!). Cocoa + Co Kim Hack‘s beautifully curated selection of artisan chocolate bars, bonbons and confections are sourced from the top chocolate […]

Apple Cranberry Crisp With Lime and Ginger

Is your apple crisp recipe ho-hum? Time to wake it up! Adding cranberries and fresh lime will brighten it considerably with the interplay of tart and sweet; the oatmeal-almond crisp topping adds texture and crunch. As desserts go, this one is health-conscious AND delicious. Apple Cranberry Crisp Recipe 1 package (12 ounces) cranberries, picked over […]

Better or Bust: Magnolia Bakery’s Holiday Desserts

“Sex and the City” was right—these desserts are good! We recently tasted a number of Magnolia Bakery’s holiday offerings and were delighted with them (they get a rating of “better”). We particularly loved the red velvet mini-cheesecakes with a chocolate cookie crust ($6.50 each, over-the-top rich and generally to-die-for), the “famous” banana pudding—a stunner, totally […]