About Jill Osborne

Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. She is the editor of the IC Chef Cookbook (2015) and serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! My Google Profile+

Pumpkin Drop Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you haven't had a pumpkin drop cookie, you've missed a very special autumn treat. Topped with cream cheese frosting, these cookies are served cool and are a perfect accompaniment to your favorite warm fall drink! Spices are optional for patients who are extra sensitive!  Ingredients 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Baked Goods, Desserts|Comments Off on Pumpkin Drop Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

If you love pasta but can't tolerate acidic tomato, you should try a butternut squash pasta sauce. It's perfect for Autumn, very easy to make, lower in acid and remarkably good! There are several brands of butternut squash pasta sauce on the market, most notably from Stonewall Kitchen and Dave’s Gourmet, which won Best Pasta Sauce [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Fall Recipes, Pasta|Comments Off on Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins

After graduate school, I spent a year living in Fort Bragg on California’s Mendocino Coast where the Laurel Street Deli & Bakery enticed the locals with the most amazing homemade muffins. Twenty years later, I still have fantasies about their rich, moist flavorful Pumpkin Apple Streusel muffins. Here’s a recipe that comes close but if [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Baked Goods, Breakfast, Fall Recipes|Comments Off on Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins

Butternut Squash Pear Soup

This is my all-time favorite soup, incredibly easy to prepare and the perfect accompaniment to a grilled cheese sandwich. If you like a creamier soup, feel free to add your choice of milk (cow, goat, coconut, almond, etc.) to taste. I prefer it all veggie with just a dab of cool sour cream in the middle [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Fall Recipes, Soup|Comments Off on Butternut Squash Pear Soup

Favorite Fall Recipes With Pumpkin And Butternut Squash

There’s something about the Fall season that inspires even reluctant cooks to venture into the kitchen to take a stab at making something seasonal. From pumpkin bread to butternut squash soup, the flavors of fall are rich, healthy and, thankfully, very bladder friendly! Winter squash is also packed with nutrients. A cup of butternut squash [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Fall Recipes, Flavor Fun|Comments Off on Favorite Fall Recipes With Pumpkin And Butternut Squash

Enjoy A Soda Again, Italian Style

Make Your Own Italian Soda If you're one of the many who savored drink ice cold sodas EVERY DAY during the summer months, a diagnosis of IC can be a terrible blow! Typical sodas contain very high levels of caffeine and citric acid which are virtually guaranteed to cause bladder pain and irritation. And, if [...]

By | June 26th, 2016|Beverages|Comments Off on Enjoy A Soda Again, Italian Style

Ice Cold Milkshakes

There's nothing quite so satisfying as an ice cold vanilla milkshake on a hot summer afternoon. The challenge? Aside from often insane calories, many of the milkshakes available from fast food outlets are filled with extra ingredients that can irritate, such as preservatives, colorings and flavorings. I find it better to make my milkshakes at home, using [...]

By | June 26th, 2016|Beverages|Comments Off on Ice Cold Milkshakes

Pecan Pie – Healthy & Delicious

Thanksgiving Tip 4: Dessert For our family, playing games Thanksgiving evening when everyone is ready to sit, relax and settle down is the perfect way to end the day. My mom, age 86, still loves to play Apples to Apples, The Train Game, Pictionary and even charades, causing much laughter and good times for every generation [...]

By | November 23rd, 2015|Desserts, Fall Recipes, Holidays|Comments Off on Pecan Pie – Healthy & Delicious

Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing With Sausage, Apples & Roasted Pecans

Thanksgiving Tip #2 - The Stuffing You've probably had many great debates about the type of stuffing to use in your bird. Some like the simple white bread, celery and onion route while others prefer something fancier with sausage, fruits, nuts and so forth. When you struggle with a sensitive bladder, stomach and/or bowel, however, [...]

By | November 21st, 2015|Fall Recipes, Holidays, Recipes|Comments Off on Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing With Sausage, Apples & Roasted Pecans

Yay! The IC Diet Project Continues

With the sale of the supplement Prelief to a new company, DSE Healthcare Solutions LLC, we are thrilled to announce that the IC Diet Project will continue under the new company. We'll be publishing new, fun and seasonal recipes every month through the rest of 2015. DSE Healthcare provides products for patients who struggle with [...]

By | July 14th, 2015|General|Comments Off on Yay! The IC Diet Project Continues