Cracking the Code on a Secret Family Recipe: Peanut Butter Meringue Pie

If  heaven is real, then I hope it’s just a huge peanut butter pie. Not one of those over-the-top, too-rich-to-eat heavy pies that are more like a candy bar in a piecrust. No, I want heaven to be one of Lula’s Peanut Butter Pies; a flaky crust topped with sweetened peanut butter, creamy custard-like pudding, and light-as-cloud meringue. It is possibly my favorite food in the universe. I will be good to others and follow the golden rule if it will get me to a heaven full of Lula’s Peanut Butter Pie. ...more

Gluten Free Lemon Ginger Muffins

Lemon Ginger Muffins are my latest gluten free muffin creation--I might be a little obsessed with muffins at the moment! These delicious muffins are break away from the typical berry muffin and are instead flavored with tons of bright lemon and fresh ginger root.  Inspired by this recipe from Cooking Light, the secret to these flavorpacked muffins is a  ginger root and lemon zest puree that’s folded into the muffin batter....more

Pull Apart Breakfast Roll


Cooking with Toddlers

Literary Works: Making Cheddar Cheese Pies

A while back, I posted Poetic Soup, which my daughter and I made based on a recipe hidden in a poem by a Polish author.  The soup was fun to make, fun to eat, and the whole experience of porting a favorite work of literature into my other favorite — cooking — was nothing short of wonderful....more

Life Is Good Ba-nut Cupcakes!

Banut…..what?! We combined bananas and nuts to cook up one delicious muffin, and topped it off with dark chocolate almond butter for icing and some bananas and coconut flakes for a rich, ravishing clean cupcake. You don’t have to feel deprived or badly when your office has a cupcake party….Miss Strong’s Life is Good Banut Cupcakes are simply more addictive than the real deal. Cut the calories, cut the fat and substitute a perfectly simple, quick cupcake…for a perfectly dangerous one....more

My Midsummer Eve Five Minute Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

This Midsummer's Eve I made a strawberry ice cream cake with fresh Swedish strawberries, meringues, whipped cream and (of course) vanilla ice cream. It only took me about five minutes to put it all together! And it tasted heavenly amazing!! So it is definitely a cake I will do many times again in the future (not only on Midsummer's Eve). :p...more

Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

 Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, yes you read that correctly. It sounds like a very strange combination at first, but then consider carrot cake... This recipe makes a LOT of muffins/bread loaves, but they freeze well and your friends will love them too....more

Mariposa Lily Cake Spray

I mentioned in the last post Sydney saw Alan Dunn’s Mariposa Lily cake and liked the look; so I created my version of this peaceful spray to adorn the top of a fabric billow weave cake. Mariposa (or “butterfly”) in Spanish are  peaceful beautifully colored flowers that can thrive in harsh environments despite their delicate appearance. Although there are 67 species of mariposa lilies most are found in California. I decided......more

Cupcake Secrets: How to Make Flawless Frosting Every Time

My kids love cupcakes.  My daughters requested pink.  I have written the recipe for Basic Vanilla Buttercream and just so you know, I am NOT a fan of food coloring at all, but after the pink request and realizing white doesn't photograph as pretty, just a couple drops of red food coloring and Pink it is.  Sprinkles just makes everything better. Image: Courtesy of Taylor Made Market ...more