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M. Eileen Brown

Director of Innovation & Audience Development
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M. Eileen Brown is the Director of Innovation and Audience Development for the Daily Herald. From 2002 to 2007, she was the Managing Editor of the Daily Herald. Before that, she was the Editor of the Post-Tribune in Northwest Indiana and an entertainment editor and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She was also a reporter and travel editor for the Daily Herald for nearly 20 years.

She currently is responsible for Niche products, including Suburban Parent, Healthy Pets, Home and Garden and the many community and chamber guides the Niche division produces. In addition, she spearheads events and contests including the Fittest Loser, Cook of the Week and the monthly Subscriber Total Access events. Eileen works with the newsroom, inter-active and the advertising department to come up with new business models and ventures.

Eileen grew up in Chicago, but has lived in the suburbs for nearly 30 years. She serves on the boards for the Greater O’Hare Association and Giving Du Page. Certified in Myers Briggs, she also serves on the national board for the Association for Psychological Type International.

She is a fitness enthusiast, vegetarian and loves to make soup. She is also the author of two blogs including thefittestloser.com and soupalooza.com.

She lives in Itasca, and spends much of her free time doing yoga, running, biking, lifting weights or cutting up vegetables for soup.

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Cashews secret ingredient in creamy vegan soups

Jan 26 2015 | 10:06 am - Cream soups — loaded with saturated fat and calories — are a bit on the decadent side, especially when shaving off a few pounds was one of your New Year’s resolutions. But it’s that creamy goodness, generally the...

Soupalooza: Black-eyed pea soup boosts health, good luck in New Year

Dec 31 2014 | 9:25 am - M. Eileen Brown stumbled onto a recipe or story about the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good luck and became intrigued. After all, who doesn't want a little extra good luck — especially when it involves...

Soupalooza: Garnishes push soup from simple dinner to spectacular meal

Nov 26 2014 | 6:32 am - We have entered the fancy season. With the holidays approaching and guests arriving, everything needs a little extra joosh — and that includes something as simple as soup. So whether you are serving your out-of-town guests a leftover turkey...

Soupalooza: Chili a way to savor Buffalo wing taste without the bones

Oct 29 2014 | 3:22 pm - Looking for a vegetarian way to enjoy Buffalo chicken wings? M. Eileen Brown has you covered. In her monthly Soupalooza column she shares a recipe for Buffalo-style chili. It's packed with black beans, quinoa and hominy — a protein home run,...

Cocktails becoming a big part of suburban restaurants’ concepts

Oct 17 2014 | 1:24 pm - These are not your classic James Bond “shaken, not stirred” martinis. We’re talking martinis with chia seeds. Martinis with blackberries. Martinis with chocolate. Suburban restaurateurs who want to attract customers know that...

Soupalooza: Coconut milk, spinach add sweetness to sweet potato stew

Sep 22 2014 | 3:13 pm - M. Eileen Brown recently found a website that has fast become her favorite: food52.com. It’s filled with recipes, tips and ideas from home cooks, sort of a crowdsourced recipe collective. On the site, she found a recipe for Roasted Sweet...

Soupalooza: Minestrone a melting pot for summer veggies

Aug 26 2014 | 12:01 pm - Sometimes she can't help herself. M. Eileen Brown gets overwhelmed by the lovely fresh produce at the farmers market and ends up buying more than she can possibly cook. Instead of letting the tomatoes and greenbeans rot on the counter (again) she...

Soupalooza: Zucchini soup so good you'll look forward to more zucchini

Jul 30 2014 | 5:32 pm - Just when you think you can't handle any more zucchini comes a recipe that will have you roaming the neighborhood looking for squash ready for harvest. M. Eileen Brown's chowdery Mexican Zucchini Soup is that recipe.

Soupalooza: A cold soup that starts on a hot grill

Jun 23 2014 | 3:36 pm - This recipe for Grilled Gazpacho adds just the right amount of smoke to the taste of the tomatoes, onions and red peppers. It’s also a great way to make gazpacho in early summer when the tomatoes aren’t nearly as tasty as they will be...

Soupalooza: Don’t give fruit soup the cold shoulder

May 27 2014 | 12:42 pm - Cold fruit soup might not be everyone’s cup of broth, and we get it, but, honestly, cold soups offer a very nice change of pace at a summer barbecue. They are refreshing, healthy and so easy to make. Try Watermelon Soup at your next cookout.

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