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 […]

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Menu

Give mom the gift of a gluten free, breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day! Links to some of my favorite gluten free recipes are below.  Let’s start off with a light & breezy punch made with fresh, Michigan fruits.  Michigan Punch … a main meal… Crustless Quiche for 2 and don’t forget dessert! Apple Crisp […]

Green Bean Casserole

I do love green bean casserole, but I’m not a fan of mushy, green beans and cream of muck-muck in a can. Traditional green bean casserole doesn’t have bacon anyway, so that’s strike number 2. Add the soup gluten with gluten fried onions and you get a triple whammy. This recipe does take longer than dumping a bunch of cans […]

Banana Splizza

I’m still working my way through all these Pillsbury Bake-off books. It’ll take me 20 years & I’m cool with that. Why I chose to cook a banana split in the middle of a snowstorm, is a bit baffling. California Dreamin’ maybe? This recipe for Banana Splizza  was created by Charisse Dooley of Tulsa, Oklahoma for […]

Gluten Free Pączki

Fat Tuesday is coming & around here, that means Pączki Day! The only tragedy in Pączki Day is…gluten free pączki are damn near impossible to find. Sure you could order them online, but that would cost a million dollars shipping and they’re already a day old before you set eyes on them. The best way to ensure a tasty, fresh, free […]

Aloha Banana Bread

I don’t often make New Year’s resolutions because, let’s face it, if I was an organized person I would not need a resolution to keep me in line. No amount of lecturing to myself will result in an OCD organizing queen with shelf labels in the linen closet & properly alphabetized spice racks. I have my sticky-notes and that […]

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 […]