Browsing category: Cooking & Baking from Scratch

Our Favorite Blueberry Yogurt Smoothies

It’s eleven a.m. and already 96°F here. We have been out working in the gardens and following the shade since just after six this morning. It’s just too hot to stay outside any longer… and a great time for a blueberry smoothie. This is how I make them.


Make Your Own Soy-Free Hamburger & Hot Dog Buns

One of the most difficult things about living with a food allergy (aside from the allergic reactions themselves) is not being able to eat a lot of the foods that other people take for granted.


Hasselback Potatoes — Baked Accordion Style

I had never heard of hasselback potatoes until I watched them being made on an Irish cooking show. They’re crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, and flavored however you want… plain with just herbs and bread crumbs, or with any topping you choose…


American Chop Suey, New England Style

When I was a child, American chop suey was my very favorite thing to eat, and even now it is often my first choice when I’m looking for a tasty, quick, and easy something to make for dinner.


Some Thoughts on Two Ingredient Cookies

Reader question… “I recently made two ingredient cookies for my toddlers. I had seen dozens of people raving about this recipe on social media and how amazing these cookies are but I thought they were quite awful.”


No-Butter Apple Oatmeal Raisin Nut Cookies

Several people have asked for the recipe for my apple variation of the no-butter pumpkin oatmeal cookies I mentioned in a previous post. These recipes are very flexible…


Yes, Mix in the Pan Cakes Really ARE That Easy… A Tutorial

My previous posts about the applesauce spice and chocolate mix-in-the-pan cakes continue to generate a LOT of mail. I receive the same two questions over and over…


There’s No Meat in Our Favorite Meatballs

Katy, a reader from Idaho who sent me this recipe several months ago, told me that she has had people insist that these meatballs are really made of meat. I must admit I was skeptical at first… but she’s right, these mock meatballs are incredible.


Making Gingerbread Boys

This recipe was sent to me by a reader who lives in Germany. She wrote that she always makes these gingerbread boys every Christmas, not for her children, but for her husband of forty-three years.


Ice Box Butter Buns

This is my favorite refrigerator roll recipe. Called “ice box butter buns,” these dinner rolls are wonderful for everyday or for a special holiday dinner because you can make the dough ahead of time and bake the rolls just before dinner is ready.