02 Mar 2016
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, stories
Tags: avoiding sugar, baking, cake, chocolate, cream cheese, eggs, goat cheese, Pi Day
A cake suitable for Pi day, photo by Tip Junkie
The story behind Pi day
Normally, I’d choose a pie to celebrate the math constant π (Pi = 3.14159…) on its special day, which is coming upon us soon. Scientists the world over will likely be tucking into a delicious slice of one, perhaps a banana cream or pecan pie, More
21 Apr 2015
in food, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: antioxidants, baking, blood sugar, nutrition, sweet potato
Sweet potato fries, perfect in the oven
Sweet Patooty’s back! I raved about the fab qualities of sweet potatoes in an earlier post. But I’ve never posted a recipe for my favorite of all ways of having them… oven-baked fries. That’s because I never felt I’d gotten it quite right. But now, I think I can confidently tell you how to make these beauties come out delicious every time… crispy, not soggy, and definitely not burnt! More
22 Apr 2014
in books, Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: avocados, avoiding sugar, baking, beets, blood sugar, cake, chocolate, nuts, raspberries
The clock chimes 4 a.m. at the Night Circus. Her bonfire burns strong, fed by Marco’s book of charms.
“What’s black and white with red in the middle?” Vinny asks. “Give up? It’s the cake I made for my book club, when Erin Morgenstern’s novel “The Night Circus” was up for discussion.
On the surface, Morgenstern gives us an enchanting love story about magic. The circus, open only at night, shimmers in black and white. It is the venue for a desperate competition, as two wizards older than time pit themselves against one another through their best students. The light and the dark signify their two opposing ways of manipulating reality. Which will win out, Vinny wonders. More
15 May 2013
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, stories
Tags: baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, eggs, humor, nutrition, Stevia, sugar
Angel food cake iced with avocado cream
If a kid can read, he can likely cook. But the watchful eye of experience is a wonderful thing. Witness the action in Vinny’s one-act play and decide for yourself… More
09 Jan 2013
in food, health, recipes, science, stories
Tags: baking, balanced meals, best recipes, chemistry, children, index 2012, mood, nutrition, reviews, traditions
A year in review, through Vinny’s favorite pictures. The pictures are a fun way to index some of the posts you liked best. Should old acquaintance be forgot… click through and remember! More
31 Dec 2012
in food, health
Tags: art, avoiding sugar, awards, baking, carbohydrates, desserts, fruit, goals, mood, New Years, reviews, snacks, treats
Sculpture by Salvador Dali, Dali Museum-Theatre, Figueres, Spain. Photo by me!
If, like me, you’ve found yourself drowning in a tsunami of baked goodies this holiday season, perhaps you’ll want to make a New Year’s resolution.
Repeat with me: In 2013, I promise to choose fruit instead of baked sweets for treats, snacks, and dessert. More
27 Nov 2012
in Desserts, fitness, food, health, recipes, stories
Tags: avoiding sugar, baking, beets, cake, children, chocolate, family, mood, nutrition, Stevia, teeth
“Woe is me!” sighs Marie.
How Queen Marie learns to dance
Marie Antoinette found herself bored silly. She had everything she wanted. If she clapped once, her servant would come with a tray full of chocolate cake. Twice got her steaming mugs of cocoa and cream. Three times and she went mad over baskets of truffles and éclairs. But she wasn’t happy. More
07 Nov 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: avoiding sugar, baking, brownies, children, chocolate, eaTracker, fats, nutrition, nuts, Stevia
Happy occasions demand chocolate!
A very chocolaty recipe jumped right onto my screen just after Halloween, from Chew Out Loud.
Vinny, however, found this recipe a tad high on sugar (2 1/2 cups). So we experimented with stevia in place of sugar. More
04 Sep 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks
Tags: apples, avoiding sugar, baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, digestion, fiber, minerals, nutrition, Stevia, vitamins, weight control
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
This little rhyme is one of the first things kids learn about healthy eating. One of baby’s first solid foods is apple sauce. And as kids grow, they often choose apples as a favorite snack. But are apples really so good for us? More
01 Jul 2012
in Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: baking, cake, Canada Day, dates, goat cheese, nutrition, nuts, pizza, presentation, raspberries, traditions, war
Our home and native land is celebrating a birthday! Isla says: We need to bake a cake. Of course we do. I should have thought of that myself!
First, I thought about making a Victoria sponge cake, named after an old by-gone queen. But it doesn’t make the grade as a food suitable for posting here, where we like to feature healthy eating for kids of all ages… Darn!
Then I made a wonderful discovery. More
09 Jan 2012
in books, Breads, Desserts, food, science
Tags: Alton Brown, baking, baking soda and baking powder, biscuits, cake, chemistry, measuring, texture
Watch your baking soar!
I hate to admit this, but baking can be a bit iffy. Sometimes pie crusts turn out flaky. But other times, they end up as hard to chew as a bathtub mat. More