Dirt Cake

dirt cake

The Dirt Cake is something that many people grew up on. Not me. I think dirt cakes are indigenous to the American midwest which would explain why I’d never heard of them until I was well past voting age. That, and my mom was a devout sugar-hating hippie and dirt cake is almost 100% sugar. […]

Gummy Worms Recipe – Fruit-juice Sweetened

gummy worms recipe

I’ve gotcha a fruit-juice sweetened, natural gummy worms recipe right here for Halloween. But first, a spooky Halloween story. Halloween night, late 1980s. My family lived in the boonies so there were no good streets or even houses at which to trick or treat. All dressed up, my mom drove me and my brother into […]

Mango Coconut Smoothie

coconut-mango-smoothie

Mango and coconut together is one of the best partnerships around. This smoothing is a high-protein, low-carb, moderate-fat option that will keep you full all morning. If you have a coconut allergy or just don’t like the stuff, use a fresh banana instead for a creamy texture, but the smoothie will be higher in sugars […]

Ice Cream Tacos

ice cream tacos

As if anyone needed a reason to eat more ice cream. Remember ChocoTacos? Of course you do. You’re a human and you love chocolate and ice cream and consonance. These ice cream tacos are kind of like ChocoTacos but without the chocolate and with cinnamon instead. Unlike ChocoTacos, these ice cream tacos are actually really […]

Mango Coconut Sorbet

Mango Coconut Sorbet

When I sent out the newsletter survey a month or so ago, I was surprised at the number of people who avoid dairy products. And during these hottest days of summer, that’s a damn shame! Errybody deserves ice cream! So I came up with this dairy free ice cream recipe, or more specifically maybe, coconut […]

Red White and Blueberry Cake

Red White and Blueberry Cake

Not to toot my own horn, but I love it when I have a cute baking idea that actually works out. You know I’m no fancy cake decorator and more often than not, my attempts at making cute baked goods end in tears of despair and icing all over my face. But this time I […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

THE BEST way to make French toast is with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. How can you deny peanut butter and jelly French toast? With berry maple syrup? And more berries inside? Your protests are sounding ridiculous!

Churros

Churros

Churros are kind of the Spanish version of donuts. Taco Bell ripped them off with their Cinnamon Twists. The original Spanish churros were made with just flour and water (maybe some oil) dough but nowadays in Mexico, churro batter is enriched with eggs, butter and sugar. In chatting with my pal Hector about this, we […]

Baklava

Baklava

Baklava is a dessert as old as time, to use the phrase loosely. Originating from Turkey probably in the 15th century but perhaps earlier, this layered pastry has now spread throughout the Balkans and Middle East: Serbia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Syria, Georgia, Greece. The recipe varies slightly from country to country and region to […]