You may be intimidated by the thought of making pie crust, but it is not as difficult as you think.  I use my grandmother’s recipe and it is literally indestructible!  You will not fail with this recipe, I promise.  It might seam a little unorthodox, with vinegar and brown sugar, but trust me, it is delicious.  There are a few tricks, so just follow my suggestions and you will be a pie crust making expert in one try! P.S.  I know that the recipe uses lard- and you might be thinking …NO Lard!  But, it really is the difference between flaky and delightful pie crustRead More →

These healthy muffins taste like carrot cake in a muffin cup!  You won’t believe you are eating something so good for you that is so yummy.  If you have a food processor, these become so simple to make.  Just throw the ingredients in your Cuisinart and presto!  I don’t even peel the apple :).  If not, it just takes a minute to grate a couple of carrots and an apple.  I use the already peeled mini carrots in the bag to cut out the prep time.  Leave the skin on both to add the extra vitamins. Carrot Apple Raisin Muffins 2 C flour 1 1/4Read More →

This basis of this recipe is from the sourdough potato starter post that explains how to create and feed  the starter for preparing biscuits or pancakes or any other baked good that calls for sourdough starter dough.  Use the starter from the Sourdough Potato starter post or one of your own. Sourdough Potato Starter Biscuits 1 C of sourdough potato starter dough 1/4 C vegetable oil 1 1/3 C flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt Mix together all of the ingredients for your Sourdough Potato Starter Biscuits and turn out onto a flour surface.  Knead 10 -15 times untilRead More →

You can just smell summer in the air when you hear words like “mixed berry” and “cobbler”.  The bonus for this recipe, is that frozen berries work so well that you don’t have to wait for the expensive summer berries to come out in the tiny containers and can make this all year long.  The same bag of mixed berries you use for your smoothies work great for this recipe! (Look for my post for a great mixed berry smoothy to start your day!) I love it when one ingredient will do double duty 🙂 Mixed Berry Cobbler 1/4 C butter, softened 1/2 C SugarRead More →

When ever I go to one of those trendy coffee shops that I frankly LOVE and visit quite often, I always check out the pastries in the display case.  Maybe you do the same thing.  I notice that they always have scones.  Sometimes they are just plain scones.  Sometimes they are more seasonal, like pumpkin or cranberry, but there is always a scone selection.  I have one once in a while and indulge in the calories.  I am a little older now, and frankly I have to stick to black coffee with no calories to spare- kind of drinks 🙁 .  As my sister says,Read More →

    Brownies are one the the great delights of life.  The thing that diets are broken over.  There are as many varieties of brownies as there are cookies, but everyone has their favorite.  Thin and chewy or thick and cakey; frosting or not, layers and add ins.   But, this one-bowl recipe is cake like and yummy.  A great all around classic one bowl brownie scratch recipe. One-Bowl Scratch Brownies 2 squares unsweetened chocolate squares* 6 tbsp butter 1 C butter 2 eggs 1/4 C milk 1/2 tsp vanilla 3/4 C flour 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional) The first step to make these delicious one-bowlRead More →

When making a really good cake from scratch, ingredients and a great recipe are the key.  Once you have those two things, you can fancy up the cake to make them look wonderful.  But taste and texture are what really matters.  This simple white cake is really easy and lower fat.  It has great flavor and texture or “crumb”.  The only complicated part for an inexperienced baker may be separating the eggs.  But that is easy to conquer if you just take one egg at a time* and don’t separate over your batter!  The nice part about this cake recipe is that you really justRead More →

Oatmeal Cookies 1 1/2 C Flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 C brown sugar 1/2 C butter 1/2 C shortening 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 C rolled oats – old fashioned 3/4 C coconut Optional: 6 oz.  pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips (1cup) Preheat oven to 350 F First step in making chewy oatmeal cooking is to add butter, shortening and sugars to your mixer and cream together until light and fluffy.  This usually takes about 3-4 minutes to cut the  sugar into the fat and incorporate air. Stop a couple of times and scrape the sides of theRead More →

There is a lot of great information about sourdough starters on the internet.  I have found that there are two basic types.  Those started with Yeast and those started without yeast. However, the concept is the same; create a culture or fermentation with friendly bacteria (lactobacilli), present in our natural environment; and the wild yeast attracted to and living on flour, begin to work with one another when flour is mixed with warm water in your bowl or crock and that is what gives your end product the “sour” deliciousness.  You can even buy a sourdough “starter” powder to add to a mixture of flourRead More →