Keyword: Banana


I stopped at a bakery café the other day and tried a slice of their zucchini bread. It was extraordinary. They had included pineapple, pecans, coconut, and citron. (It took […]

How to Make Ordinary Recipes Extraordinary





Tips, tools, and recipes to make wonderful smoothies. Smoothies are often made with ice cubes and frozen juice. We prefer frozen yogurt or a scoop of ice cream. Adding ice […]

How to Make Smoothies and Shakes



Here’s how to build the perfect pie. Anyone can put a filling in a pie shell.  It’s the pie crust that gives folks pause. Making the Crust From scratch: The […]

Hey, anyone can make a perfect pie . . .


We love banana muffins this time of year. They fill a void waiting for the summer harvest to come on.  Besides, we’ve frozen so many over-ripe bananas over the course […]

Three Ways to Make Superb Banana Muffins



We’ve made dozens of brownie variations from a mix.  I started digging through our old recipes to find my favorites.  Here are my top six. The cheesecake brownies above.  Make […]

Six Decadent Brownies You Can Make with a Mix


Banana Bread
PB & J Banana Bread             I love banana bread, always have.  But some banana bread is better than others.  Today we’ll give you some tips for better banana bread and […]

If you love banana bread, this is for you!






Whipped cream makes scrumptious frosting–better than butter or shortening-based buttercream frosting.  And it’s easy to make fabulous whipped cream. How to Make Fabulous Whipped Cream We use caramel whipped cream […]

How to Turn Your Whipped Cream into Frosting


Syrups are easy to make.  They’re a mixture of water, sugar, a flavor, and maybe a thickener.  Juice can be substituted for the water. You can use the syrup on your pancakes.  We have often used […]

What Can You Make with a Syrup?



10 Easy Ideas for Breakfast 1. Raspberry Sour Cream Pancakes and other fruit pancakes. You can add almost any fruit to your pancakes—like raspberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, or chunks of fresh pineapple. Or you can macerate the fruit in […]

Ten Easy Ideas for Breakfast


I may have the most fun job on the planet!   I’m a food explorer.  I have an office just down the hall from the test kitchen.  I don’t do all […]

Seven Kitchen Breakthroughs I Love




Anyone who is a fan of bananas will love these cupcakes. They are made from a vanilla cake mix, filled with banana pudding, frosted with banana buttercream and topped with […]

Banana Pudding Cupcakes






Here are six ways to make super scrumptious brownies! What You Need You can make scrumptious brownies too.  They make great desserts for a busy day.  Keep a couple mixes […]

Six Scrumptious Brownies You Can Make


Caramel Recipe (For Caramel Apples or Candy) This makes great caramel, better than the caramel that you buy in the store and is way easier than unwrapping a million little […]

Caramel Recipe