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So John said they are better than the box!

pancakes (protein packed and gluten and dairy free) revisited

So John said they are better than the box!!!  Success- Same recipe as yesterday…but got my taster here for the true test… Happy New Year! Pin It

pancakes (protein packed and gluten and dairy free!)

Yummy yummy yum!  I’m so happy these came out great the second time I made them.  Andy, Sylvie and Rob fight over these little guys and I love it because they are filled with goodness.  No flour, no dairy, low sugar, and packed with protein these are perfect if you (or your family or guests)…
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thumbprint cookies

Since I missed Christmas (almost) and we are in the midst of Hanukkah, I think you should make these for New Years!  Festive and bright these little gems will lighten up your cookie platter and offer something to those poor non chocolate lovers.  You’ve had these before and you know what they taste like.  You…
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chocolate banana muffins

These were really yummy.  They are called muffins, but really more like mini chocolate banana cakes.  Moist and super tasty, these were a hit with all.  Even those who don’t love banana liked these little guys.  It took Sylvie a while before she could taste the banana, but my friend Suzanne said her girls knew…
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remember the gingerbread pudding cake for this Thanksgiving…

Don’t forget this gooey gingerbread pudding – always a good go to this holiday.  My sis in law Kathy now makes this for us each Thanksgiving…and with great success!! Other good ideas, gingerbread cookies, apple cake bars, caramel shorties, gingerbread and white choc chunk brownies, banana toffee cake, orange cake, and cranberry apple crisp.  Oh, and…
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cranberry pecan pumpkin upsidown cake

OH, I’ve been working hard to get this one in by Thanksgiving.  I do hope I made it in time for you to get the ingredients (not many!) and change your menu a bit.  (Btw, no mixer involved and this cake keeps nicely overnight.)  Salted nutty candied pecans combined with sour bursts of cranberries, fragrant…
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banana oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies

“Mmmmm…..perfecto” Greg exclaimed after eating one of these DELICIOUS cookies.  He’s not one to exclaim loudly – but this time he did!  Sylvie said this is “the best ever!”  And Andy too, said “really good” and as usual…”can I please have another?  Please?”  I was being stingy because these were for the kids at My…
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pumpkin loaf with whole grains and olive oil

This was really good.  Better than the photo – since the color looks off (sorry!)  Moist, pumpkiny and full of goodness.  I do love a healthy sweet snack and my kids did too!  All of them.  Andy loved this fresh baked and gooey out of the oven.  Greg, Sylvie and Rob all said good –…
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chocolate decadence cake

Chocolate chocolate decadence.  Delicious, delightful and rich.  Rob loved it and was thankful for a chocolate dessert in the midst of summer crisps and cobblers.  The kids too I think, unless I’m making that up.  (Made this a long time ago and lost my notes!)  I was a bit lazy this summer…my vertigo was mostly…
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banana waffles

I know, I KNOW I just posted a waffle recipe but that is a basic healthy one.  This one is my favorite!  I’m not even really a waffle fan but yum yummy yum!  Andy, Sylvie, Zoe, and Rob all sampled today and what a success.  Made with wheat (and white) flour, a little honey and milk,…
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waffles (everyday)

Andy’s bugs me relentlessly to make waffles.  Every day that I say no he moans and groans about cereal – or claims that he now hates eggs, and really no – cannot eat another bagel – or even pancakes!  Poor guy.  I’ve really spoiled him.  So I got to work in the midst of a very…
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chocolate decadence cookies

Wow.  Wowee.  Awesome.  Fabulous Chocolate.  These are “amazing” Ali said as she sampled the other night.  Rob too said delicious – they taste like your brownies.  Karen was excited for her sample – asked if she had to share (no) and immediately wrote and said “Lisi, delish!”  These are dense and soft inside yet lighter…
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berry summer pudding

Scrumptious berries with very little adornment, cold and tasty, pure and simple surrounded by a layer of white bread – now sweet red bread.  This one really intrigued people.  “What is that?”  “What’s on the outside.”  “What’s on the inside.”  I said well, the outside is bread.  “That’s bread, white bread?” Debbie exclaimed.  Shari and…
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delicious iced coffee

Refreshing and full of flavor this iced coffee is GREAT.  Really and truly tasty.  Every winter I think I’ll never need to switch to iced coffee again, and then suddenly the heat is upon us and it’s all I want first thing in the AM.  The way I made iced coffee was good, but it…
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peach peeling

My peach raspberry crisp was a failure.  Too soupy and the once crisp topping (now soggy) was laced throughout like cereal in milk.  Bummer.  I managed to eat some of it – but it was not blog-worthy.  Peeling peaches, however, is a blog-worthy skill.  Sorry no other real sweet to discuss.  I did make an interesting raspberry…
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mango crisp (on the healthy side)

Yum yummy yum!  I truly loved this dessert.  Fresh natural mangoes enhanced by a delicate, tasty and  uncomplicated crisp topping – this is one of my new favorites.  I mean it.  So easy, so pretty and bright – perfect for a summer BBQ.  My friends agreed especially Marco who was in mango heaven.  I told…
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blueberry streusel muffins

Andy said – “wow, these might be better than Dunkin Donuts!”  “I love them!”  Andy obviously loves the muffins from DD – so a big compliment, huge.  I worried that I overbaked them a bit, but Andy assured me that all was delicious and then, “can I have another one?”  Greg and friends Matt and…
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sarabeth’s chocolate cookies

“These are the best cookies you’ve ever made,” Andy exclaimed.  He doesn’t remember all the old ones that were also The Best but that’s ok, it is good to live in the moment. Kind of reminds me of my mom – but with pizza – wherever we go it is the best ever (as long…
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toll house cookies

Spring has been so busy that I’ve been neglecting this blog – and this is kind of a cheat since most people bake these – but I’ve got to tell you that the Toll House recipe is one that I go back to time and time again.  This past weekend, in the midst of a…
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ice cream cake (using a failure)

What a megaflop (Sylvie’s word)!  But no worries…you can easily turn a calamity into a triumph (again, she’s using the thesaurus).  On Sunday, Sylvie and I decided to bake together.  I directed, she executed, and we were happy with the scents and smells of rich chocolate filling the kitchen.  We were all smiles until the little brownie…
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seven-layer bars

Serious scrumptiousness.  Rich, sweet and addictive.  Seven layers of delight. I can’t stop picking at them.  I keep talking to myself, oh, I’ll just have a nibble even though it is 10 AM, then oh, what’s another little sliver at noon (before lunch is big for me), then another sliver around 4 and before I…
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chocolate chip crumb cake

It was Zach’s birthday and we decided that we should all sing and celebrate together.  And although Jodi told me repeatedly that I didn’t have to bake (Lauren made a cake at a bday party that she would bring), I really wanted to because Zach (and Lauren) are probably my biggest fans.  I whipped this…
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banana toffee cake

Yum yum yummmmmmy.  Even some of the men said yummy (which is typically not a word that they tend to use) but it is a MUST here.  What can be better than bananas, caramel and chocolate?  Not much!  This cake oozed with sticky sweet caramel, had a delicious and distinct banana flavor and was even…
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matzo granola w/fruits and nuts

My friend Jodi handed me her matzo granola recipe yesterday.  What a treat.  She’s mentioned it over the years, and yesterday she copied it for me in her lovely handwriting and said, “this granola would be perfect for the blog and for Passover…but probably next year since passover is around the corner.”  Well, I didn’t…
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matzoh candy (caramel, chocolate, sea salt)

I’m re-posting this from a year ago.  Sorry to repeat, but just so good… Many of my friends (and kids friends) keep Passover, so I wanted to try this recipe that I’ve heard about throughout the years.  I like the idea of a handy treat for those who celebrate.  My friend Stephanie happily shared the recipe from…
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pancake cake

This is one BIG pancake!  A pancake cake!  Dense, moist and truly tasting like pancakes, this was a funny treat.  Perfect for Andy’s birthday.  I decided to treat him to a breakfast dinner that included my mom’s candied bacon and chocolate chip pancakes.  Sylvie reminded me of this recipe that we saw years ago during my discovery…
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coffee brownie crackle swirl ice cream (using store bought ice cream)

I cheated with this ice cream.  I did.  Didn’t have time to make home-made but wanted something special and different.  You can really be creative at home with mix ins and ice cream.  Use your mixer to help you incorporate the extras.  I loved loved loved this treat.  Not too much coffee flavor since I…
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sunshine bread

I really really enjoyed this bread.  It has warm honey and orange notes, sweet red raspberries and crunchy sliced almonds.  It is delicious sliced and toasted with a little bit of butter – but also really nice alone.  Sylvie and I actually couldn’t stop picking at this bread.  Very addictive to us – but not…
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fudgy puffy chocolate cookies (changed the name so you don’t confuse these with my traditional meringues)

Chocolate-y, gooey on the inside and crispy on the outside, these meringue cookies are scrumptious.  Extra good.  Unlike many meringues, these are a bit soft in the center, very flavorful, and are not as cloyingly sweet as meringues can often be.  We all loved these.  Me, Rob, Greg, Andy, and Sylvie – I think I…
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hamantaschen

I know I’m late.  Too late!  But I did make these festive cookies and figure that you can save the recipe for next year – or make them anytime since they are so yummy.  I cannot stop nibbling.  I’ve never really tried to make or eat hamantaschen.  Always thought they looked dry and unappealing.  But…
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banana surprise

Had to re-post these again.  Had to – and renamed them too.  Greg actually came up with this name.  One night he asked – “can you make bananas surprise please?”  I said sure but told him they are called caramelized bananas.  He said no – banana surprise (he’s almost 15 btw).  I asked why the…
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chocolate malted sauce & milkshake

This chocolate sauce is DEE-licious.  So so good.  So easy to make.  Milk chocolate and Ovaltine make this special and different from your regular hot fudge sauce.  It is not too thick and no – not too sweet despite the fact that it is milk chocolate.  I promise. Try it next time you are serving…
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apple cake bars

This simple cake is tasty, moist, apple-y and plain old good.  While it bakes, a sugary layer forms on the top that is crispy, delicious and just begging to be picked at.  Sylvie and I couldn’t keep our hands off of it!  We actually made this for Danika’s birthday.  I was short on time (which is…
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healthy 5 grain breakfast bowl

Sylvie thinks it’s weird for me to post my breakfast bowl.  She might be right, so just skip over if not for you.  I tend to eat the same breakfast for a while – until I can’t look at it any more…but I’m on a record of probably 10 weeks of this particular mixture of…
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valentine Peeps

So I know, I did Valentine chocolates last year, but last year I didn’t have Valentine Peeps!!  And this year I do, and my family is happy.  As I’ve said before, Peeps and chocolate are ridiculously good.  Seriously one of my favorite confections.  Marshmallows are similar, but there is something special about the sugary texture of…
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chocolate molten cake

Don’t look at the photo and judge poorly.  The ice cream kind of squished the cake down.  Also, my cakes were a little undercooked (but yummy) and Zach ate the perfect one before I could photograph it!  Anyway, in my opinion, nothing can beat a chocolate molten cake that is rich, dark, decadent, and oozing…
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oatmeal cherry coconutty cookies

First bite tastes like a simple delicious oatmeal butter cookie, not a bad thing…but as you savor that first bite (if you can) you will notice the tart cherries, and then most likely exclaim (as most did) “hmmm…what’s in these?”  Coconut I say.  “wow they are really good!”  And they really are.  They are.  I…
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cranberry upside-down cake

This crispy buttery sugary cranberry topping (originally the bottom) just pops with flavor and deliciousness.  Really.  This cake is so light and fluffy and is soo very easy to make and so pretty and sparkly on the table too.  Friends were coming for dinner the other night and I was determined to make something new….
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chocolate covered strawberries

coconut tart with chocolate smear (non dairy, flourless and also butter-less))

Rob loved this.  Loved it.  A lot.  He ate slice after slice as it sat on our counter throughout the weekend.  He thought it tasted very rich and creamy despite the lack of butter or cream.  Ali and family too thought delicious – like a Mounds bar.  I’m not a coconut fan, so honestly very…
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honey corn muffins

Finally – a moist corn muffin and one that we all could say yes, blog-worthy!  I’ve tried so many recipes and they usually fall flat – often dry and tasteless.  The honey and buttermilk in these muffins helps yield a soft, moist, cake-y and just plain good muffin.  The kids all loved – Greg, Andy, Sylvie,…
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