Burnt Sugar Cake

So far, this is my favorite recipe from these little Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbooks. It’s amazing. Why it didn’t win first prize is baffling. The Burnt Sugar Cake from Pillsbury’s 3rd Grand National Bake-Off Contest, 1952 was developed by Dolores H. Schlesser, Junior winner from Iowa. I’ve made this cake a few times & every time I change […]

Not Your Granny’s Fruitcake

  If you’ve never tried fruitcake because you feared the horror stories, or you’ve tasted store-bought fruitcake that should have been sold as a boat anchor, I’ve got a surprise for you; a fruitcake that actually tastes good! To keep the fruitcake from drying out and becoming our next doorstop, I soak the dried fruit in Polish vodka. I’ve heard […]

Secret Seven Layer Casserole

Does every family serve ribbon jell-o for the holidays? Ours surely does. My mom starts days in advance to make her ribbon jell-o, layer by layer, for every single holiday dinner; Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July… I modified her recipe just a bit, because some family get-togethers require bourbon. And because sometimes, for no reason special, we […]

Chocolate Pie with Coconut Shortbread Crust

We’re up to the 6th Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbook and the recipes just keep getting better! I made this Chocolate Pie for my sister for Thanksgiving dinner and she loved it so much, she stole the leftovers and ordered another for Christmas. Can’t say I blame her, it was an award winning pie recipe. Mrs. Robert Arnold from Green […]

Christmas Salad

In our family, no holiday dinner is complete without Jell-o. With over 20 different foods on the buffet table, my kids heap their plates with mashed potatoes & Jell-o. I suppose the same could be said for a potluck. It’s pretty much expected that someone will clean out her cupboard and pack it all into a Jell-o mold. I […]

Banana Cake with Caramel Frosting

  Another recipe from Grandma’s recipe box. A tasty home-style-comfort-food-potluck cake. I mix my own gluten-free flours and have put the recipe for fluffy flour in my E-BOOK. My fluffy flour mix works well for cakes, but any all-purpose gluten free flour should also work. Cake ingredients: 2 1/3 cups flour 1 2/3 cups sugar […]

Apple Bread Pudding

It’s common knowledge, at least among us gluten-free moms, that gluten-free bread is expensive; at least compared to its wheat-filled cousin. I usually buy Udi’s for my kids’ sandwiches. When it’s toasted, it makes great sandwiches. It holds-up to bacon, lettuce & tomatoes like a champ. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes full of holes so big the jelly oozes out […]

Apple Cider Cake

Fall is apple season in Michigan. Our apple tree seems to be on strike this year, so I’ve been buying up as many apples as I could from the local farmers’ markets. Now is the best time to stock-up on fresh apple cider too. Sure, they have apple cider in the stores, but read the […]

Peach Ice Cream

Today’s recipe will be short & sweet, without much commentary because life has been a little chaotic around here. Well, with 4 kids & a yard full of animals it’s never dull, but this week has been exceptionally “fun-filled”. I found this recipe in Great-Grandma’s recipe box and the directions are super easy. The only thing […]

Chocolate Fudge Cake

I’m breaking out the Betty Crocker Boys & Girls Cookbook today. I don’t know what year this one is. It’s missing half the pages. But, it still has the recipe for chocolate cake & that’s the most important anyway.