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+

Strawberry Cream Popsicles

As hot days beckon, finding that perfect after dinner sweet that's light and refreshing is a must. Some prefer icy fruit popsicles while other savor a little cream action. Here's a sweet recipe that was added to the IC Chef Cookbook on the IC Network website by ICN member Carole that's a dream! Four ingredients, [...]

By | 2018-04-23T03:44:59+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Desserts, Flavor Fun, Fruit|Comments Off on Strawberry Cream Popsicles

The Ultimate Spring Fruit – Strawberries! Organic, of course!

Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are some of our favorite springtime fruits and you'll find plenty in your local supermarkets. Unfortunately, those beautiful fruits have a secret... many contain high levels of pesticides. Every year, the Environmental Working Group reviews the testing done by the USA Food and Drug Administration to determine which foods are [...]

By | 2018-04-23T04:17:11+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Desserts, Flavor Fun, Fruit|Comments Off on The Ultimate Spring Fruit – Strawberries! Organic, of course!

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Yes, we know that blueberry muffins are a national favorite but have you ever had blackberry or strawberry muffins? In the small northern california town of Mendocino, you'll often find fabulous olallieberry muffins or jams. Most berry muffin recipes can be adapted based upon the berry you are using. Just make sure they are fresh [...]

By | 2018-04-23T02:32:31+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Breakfast, Fruit|Comments Off on Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Fresh Strawberry Glazed Cheesecakes (No Bake)

Lighter cheesecakes often combine cream cheese, yogurt and/or whip cream that are refrigerated and perfect for a late Spring or Summer treat! Ingredients Crust 2 cups graham crackers, crushed 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Kosher salt, to taste Filling 2 8oz packages of plain, full-fat cream cheese (softened) 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp lemon juice [...]

By | 2018-04-23T02:18:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Desserts, Fruit|Comments Off on Fresh Strawberry Glazed Cheesecakes (No Bake)

Berry Topped Mini Cheesecakes

While bringing a large, rich cheesecake to a family gathering can create treasured memories, sometimes it's just too heavy and too much. Spring time needs lighter desserts that rely on fresh ingredients. Here's a recipe guaranteed to satisfied traditional cheesecake fans yet in a perfect, lighter calorie portion. Have fun with your toppings too! Ingredients [...]

By | 2018-04-23T02:03:20+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Desserts|Comments Off on Berry Topped Mini Cheesecakes

Ice Cold Berry 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, [...]

By | 2018-04-23T04:15:35+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Beverages, Flavor Fun, Fruit|Comments Off on Ice Cold Berry Milkshakes

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 | 2018-03-26T20:36:37+00:00 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 | 2018-03-26T20:36:48+00:00 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 | 2018-03-26T20:36:55+00:00 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 | 2018-03-26T20:37:02+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Fall Recipes, Soup|Comments Off on Butternut Squash Pear Soup