Everyone Deserves Cookies for the Holidays!

Do you remember what it felt like when you were young, when it seemed everyone else had something you didn’t (but you wished you did)?  As a gradeschooler, I watched from the sidelines as my friends zoomed around the neighborhood on their new banana-seat bicycles (my parents told me they couldn’t afford one).  Then at age 14, I […]

Carob Buckwheat Pancakes with Almonds and Carob Chips (Sugar-Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Xanthan-Free)

[Stacked high, topped with homemade apricot jam and plumberry sauce] Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  When she was a puppy, I would have sworn that Elsie had no vocal chords. She never made a peep until she was about six months old. No barking, no whining, no howling, no growling–nothing.  (In retrospect, I’m […]

Carob Coconut Cups

I know that many of you are already fans of Amy, the blogger behind the wildly popular Simply Sugar and Gluten Free (which recently got a facelift–check out the new look!).  A few months ago, Amy published her first cookbook, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, and her publisher kindly sent me a copy for review.  For someone […]

SOS Carob: Carob Refrigerator Cookies

I hope everyone had (or is still having) a great Mother’s Day today!  Behold what I found on the mantelpiece this morning: Yep, for the first time ever, this year I received a card from The Girls.  I guess that hinting  cajoling  begging  having temper tantrums being a loving partner all year really paid off! 😉 […]

SOS Kitchen Challenge for May: Ingredient Reveal–and Anniversary Giveaway!

Welcome to another month and another round of the SOS Kitchen Challenge! After posting April’s roundup, Kim and I realized that the SOS Kitchen Challenge is now a year old. Our first challenge in April 2010 featured the beet, and we’ve been on a roll ever since.  Many thanks to all of YOU for continuing to […]

Everything-Free Chocolate “Buttercream” Frosting (Sugar-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Grain-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, Corn-free)

[Whipped “buttercream” variation. Go ahead. . . lick the beaters.] When we were kids, my sisters and I used to crowd round my mother every time she baked something (coffee cake, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, or her legendary chiffon cake) just so we could vie for who’d get to lick the beaters, or bowl, or spoon (this […]

This Bark is Worth its Bite

Okay, I have a feeling I know what you’re about to say.  But just in case, let me clarify.  I have heard all of these before: “You just need to get some specially designed clothing.” “You should take up some outdoor sports, like skating or snowshoeing.” “But you get to wear all those plush, stylish sweaters!” “It makes you […]

Flash in the Pan: Rich and Creamy Chai Carob Latte

[Sometimes, you just want a dish that’s “no fuss.”  I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so simple to make that no recipe is required. Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.” (For other FitP recipes, see “Categories” at right).] Do you […]

Chocolate Nut Bark

According to the media, we should all be making homemade gifts this year, what with the economy as bad as it is.  True, many of us may find ourselves frugally filling jars with mom’s granola recipe; mixing up homemade hot chocolate and bagging it with ribbons; placing shortbread and gingersnaps toe to toe in cellophane-lined […]

Mint Chip Ice Cream–No Ice Cream Maker Required!

After reading through the comments on yesterday’s SOS Challenge reveal post (this month’s ingredient is MINT and Kim and I can’t wait to see what y’all cook up with it!), I realized I may have sounded perhaps a wee bit whiney about everything that’s going on in my life right now.  I certainly didn’t mean […]