Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Peach Right-Side-Up Cake

When I was little my mother made a pineapple upside-down cake. She may have made more than one, but I disliked it so much that I don't really remember.  I don't know why I disliked it ... lots of people LOVE Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. And I myself love fresh pineapple. I don't even mind canned pineapple ... but I will happily forego eating Pineapple Upside-Down Cake for the rest of my life.  Sometime this spring, however, I saw a picture on facebook of a PEACH Upside-Down Cake.  Now, THAT appealed to me. So I googled some recipes and started to play. I don't actually turn the cake upside down - we just eat it straight out of the cake pan,with vanilla ice cream, cool whip, or whipped cream - which is why I call it a Right-Side-Up Cake.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gluten Free Stroopwafels


Last year my family and I went to a tulip festival held here in Utah Valley. There was a vendor selling Stroopwafels… a Dutch treat that's kind of a crispy, thin cookie filled with a cinnamony caramel syrup.  They were, of course, full of gluten. But that didn't stop my husband and me from enjoying them… it only stopped me from being able to share with the children. At the time I wondered if I could make some gluten-free, but when I looked up recipes they all called for yeast. As yeast-based breads are often hard to translate into gluten free versions, I decided not to try it then. Today, though,  I suddenly worked up enough energy to give it a shot.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gluten Free Graham Crackers


A couple of weeks ago I made graham crackers for a dessert. I used the recipe in our second cookbook, but as I baked them I realized again that I have not been in love with this recipe for a while. Somehow the graham crackers always seem to boil away. And they are chewy… And they just aren't quite as good as I want them to be. So today I decided that I would take a look at the recipe and see what I could do to improve it.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip and Craisin Muffins

I know, I know. Posting once a year is not really sufficient to make people think that I really intend to maintain this blog. Two words: Seven Children. So, sorry and all that, but the lack of posts will probably continue (though I would like to TRY to be better ... but we'll have to see how that actually works out).

I've been craving muffins recently. My brother was here for Christmas and he bought some huge muffins at Costco and then left several of them in my freezer when he returned to Hawaii. I tried to eat one the other day. It was ... not yummy. So I decided that I would just make muffins several times a week until I don't want them anymore. 

First I made Lemon Raspberry Muffins (which were fabulous ... maybe that will be my next post). Two days afterward I decided I wanted something a little heartier, so I googled oatmeal muffin recipes. I tried one from the Food Network (making several adjustments, additions, and deletions because that's the way I tend to cook). They were really good, but I realized afterward that I had accidentally doubled all the ingredients except for the sugar. So I made them again this morning. Just now, as I thought about it, I realized that I used one more egg this morning than I did last time. I'm not really sure which version I liked best ... So I'm posting both. Try them and then let me know which is your favorite!


Full Sugar Version
Low Sugar/Fewer Eggs Version

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The last year or so . . .

Over the last year or so I have done much cooking.  First of all I cooked a baby.  Well, only in a figurative sense, but he took a lot of time and effort anyway. As part of that particular project, I STOPPED cooking very many carb-loaded things because somehow I ended up with gestational diabetes. Once he was born I got all excited to bake again . . . only to come up against several food issues on the part of my nursing baby.  For a while I swear I was eating little but chicken and rice - and cried when the allergist told me to remove rice, too.  However, we both somehow came through the experience without starving to death, and I'm down to avoiding just two main foods.  Hooray!

Anyway, I'm wondering if there are any particular recipes that you all are hoping to hear about.  I've got a new (much easier and very yummy) cinnamon roll recipe that I've worked out in the last couple of months that I plan to share, but otherwise I'm kind of low on ideas.  Any suggestions?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving is coming! Thanksgiving is coming!



It's the Monday before Thanksgiving.  My family is staying put this Thanksgiving.  There will be no 6 hour car trips to visit family.  Or 12 hour car trips (which, obviously, take even longer and involve way more crying on my part and way more potty breaks for children with small bladders). This means that I will be cooking a Thanksgiving meal all by myself.

Deep Breaths.

The good news is that I appear to have enough motivation to actually prepare things on time!  I have done almost all of my grocery shopping (I think I still need some fruit cocktail, but psssshhhhh.  What's a can or two? It could be a turkey and some potatoes and some olives and pecans and pumpkin and whipping cream and celery and carrots and, and, and. . . . So I feel like I'm doing very well.

Also, today I made cubes of bread for stuffing.  And I took pretty pictures.  And now I'm WRITING about it! So that means I am doing VERY WELL INDEED.  Now, I know that I have previously written a post about making stuffing, but that was several years ago and just contained one lousy picture.  So I'm going to post the instructions again . . . Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake

 (I couldn't find my camera.  So you get mediocre cell phone pics instead.)

On our anniversary, my husband and I went to the Cheesecake Factory.  For dessert we ordered a piece of their Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake.  I took one bite, closed my eyes, and told him: "THIS is the dessert I wanted last weekend." ("Last weekend" had contained a really rough date night, with tantrum-throwing children keeping us close to home and the whole thing topped off by a complete failure to find the really delicious fresh-tasting dessert I was craving.) Of course, I didn't KNOW that Lemon Raspberry Cream Cheesecake was exactly what I was craving at the time.  I had a only a general idea of what the perfect dessert would taste like . . . which is probably why we didn't find it.  This cheesecake, though, was definitely it.  The slightly tart, summery taste of lemon was perfectly complimented by the raspberries and . . . well, if you've ever tasted it, you know what I mean.