A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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Egg-free pumpkin scones
Saturday, 3 Mar, 2012 – 8:08 | Comments Off
Egg-free pumpkin scones

For some crazy reason – probably our “Cinnamon Roll Friday” tradition – the guys have decided that they’re entitled to a fresh-from-the-oven breakfast every morning of late. For some reason that’s even crazier, I’ve gone …

Egg-free pumpkin or applesauce bars
Saturday, 19 Mar, 2011 – 9:18 | Comments Off
Egg-free pumpkin or applesauce bars

I should call these magic bars, because they disappear. I’ve never seen a pan survive as long as 24 hours in this house, though admittedly I live with two pumpkin freaks. It’s probably just as …

Egg-free white velvet cake
Saturday, 19 Feb, 2011 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Egg-free white velvet cake

This might be a case where the egg-free version is better than the original – it got rave reviews from Rita, too.
For some reason, I decided to give a new recipe a try even though …

Egg-free bread sticks
Saturday, 29 Jan, 2011 – 8:37 | Comments Off
Egg-free bread sticks

Quick and easy bread sticks made with yeast? Indeed it is possible.
I was skeptical when I found the original recipe, but I also was craving garlic bread to go with spaghetti that night. We didn’t …

Tex Mex chicken chili
Saturday, 22 Jan, 2011 – 7:42 | Comments Off
Tex Mex chicken chili

Can I get an amen from everyone tired of eating off the kids’ menu?
OK, so maybe those of you with better parenting skills than I don’t suffer through the same cycle of spaghetti, mac and …

Yes, even the dog treats are egg-free
Sunday, 16 Jan, 2011 – 10:22 | Comments Off
Yes, even the dog treats are egg-free

As long as they’re still selling Milk Bones, there is no reason for a normal person to make dog treats.
When a 5-year-old gets an Easy Bake oven from Santa and a dog treat set complete …

Egg-free bread machine dinner rolls
Saturday, 8 Jan, 2011 – 8:31 | Comments Off
Egg-free bread machine dinner rolls

There’s a gulf in our house that’s even bigger than gap between the Digital Native (the guys) v. Early Settlers (me).
That’s the Whole Wheat Native v. Adult Converts.
I didn’t grow up on whole wheat. I …

Egg-free lemon loaf
Saturday, 1 Jan, 2011 – 10:01 | Comments Off
Egg-free lemon loaf

Boots adores the lemon loaf at Starbucks – he fell in love when he and I used to sneak off for coffee and pastries before Big Guy got home from school, back when Boots was …

Another egg-free gingerbread cookie
Saturday, 18 Dec, 2010 – 5:42 | 4 Comments
Another egg-free gingerbread cookie

It’s funny how Boots always kicks off gingerbread season.
Last year, it was because he’d seen an episode of something – “Max and Ruby,” I think – in which they built a gingerbread house. We had …

Another egg-free pumpkin bread
Saturday, 20 Nov, 2010 – 7:35 | Comments Off
Another egg-free pumpkin bread

Autumn always makes me think of pumpkin, which in turn makes me think of my husband. And that’s why I broke my chief law of egg-free baking, the one that says “once you have an …

Egg-free blueberry coffee cake
Saturday, 28 Aug, 2010 – 8:20 | Comments Off
Egg-free blueberry coffee cake

I know I have a blueberry coffee cake recipe … um, somewhere. Where the heck did it go? Aw, never mind. I’ll just Google.
I’m glad I did, because the new one I conjured up went …

Egg-free brownie muffins
Saturday, 21 Aug, 2010 – 8:26 | Comments Off
Egg-free brownie muffins

Sometimes it really is this easy.
Aside from the soda-pop cake, though, it’s usually not this easy in the world of egg-free baking. That’s why I eyed the recipe my mom had clipped from a magazine …

Egg-free Venetian butter cookies
Sunday, 16 May, 2010 – 9:19 | Comments Off
Egg-free Venetian butter cookies

This egg-free version only vaguely resembles the original Martha Stewart recipe, which is described as biter-biscuit hard. That’s a good thing, because I’ve spent too much on dental work of late to crack a crown …

Egg-free fruit cobbler
Saturday, 8 May, 2010 – 9:44 | Comments Off
Egg-free fruit cobbler

It turns out that even an ugly cobbler still tastes pretty dang good.
I found that out this week when I doubled this recipe and made it in a small roaster to take to a pot …

Egg-free dessert pizza
Saturday, 17 Apr, 2010 – 9:12 | Comments Off
Egg-free dessert pizza

This is another fine mess that Club Penguin and my big mouth got me into.
There’s one section of the online community where kids can earn “money” by making pizza – decidedly strange pizza, with ingredients …

Egg-free brownies for Dad’s birthday
Saturday, 10 Apr, 2010 – 8:52 | Comments Off
Egg-free brownies for Dad’s birthday

I thought this was going to be a stumper that involved a week of failed kitchen experiments: Create an egg-free brownie recipe that tastes good but is stable enough to survive a trip to Afghanistan …

Pineapple cake filling
Saturday, 10 Apr, 2010 – 7:46 | Comments Off
Pineapple cake filling

Sometimes, it’s not that hard to spend a few extra minutes to get rid of some dye and high-fructose corn syrup.
Such is the case with this cake filling recipe. You could easily open a can …

Egg-free bread machine pizza crust
Saturday, 3 Apr, 2010 – 10:52 | Comments Off
Egg-free bread machine pizza crust

Warning: This recipe makes a lot. A whole lot. Do not even attempt it without a two-pound bread machine.
That’s because I hate making pizza crust. It’s strictly a maintenance thing for me – every Monday …

Garlic-free marinara sauce
Saturday, 27 Mar, 2010 – 9:13 | Comments Off
Garlic-free marinara sauce

This is versatile recipe – it’s our pizza, spaghetti, manicotti and lasagna sauce – that I’d make even if allergies weren’t a factor because it’s so easy to cook in bulk. Not to mention that …

Egg-free banana bread
Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010 – 9:02 | Comments Off
Egg-free banana bread

Big Guy was not going to like banana bread at all. At least, that’s what he told me when he saw me reach for loaf pans instead of muffin tins last weekend.
“Why don’t you just …

Egg-free strawberry muffins
Saturday, 13 Feb, 2010 – 11:23 | Comments Off
Egg-free strawberry muffins

In part because I live in a place where egg replacer isn’t readily available and in part because I’m tired of toting ingredients when I’m on the road, I’ve been experimenting lately with baking with …

Egg-free chocolate-chocolate chip cookies
Saturday, 30 Jan, 2010 – 15:19 | Comments Off
Egg-free chocolate-chocolate chip cookies

It took Big Guy a while to work up the nerve to trust a chocolate cookie after his heart-breaking disappointment at the chocolate-espresso drops I made at Christmas. He even made Boots try them first, …

Garlic-free Greek green beans
Saturday, 23 Jan, 2010 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Garlic-free Greek green beans

I don’t like green beans. At all.
I don’t despise them, though, in the “want to spit it out immediately” way that I hate lima beans. Green beans are just boring.
I cook them anyway, in part …

Garlic-free chipotle creamed spinach
Saturday, 16 Jan, 2010 – 9:00 | Comments Off
Garlic-free chipotle creamed spinach

How many ways can I screw up a recipe and still have it turn out OK?
At least three in the case of this one, and it turned out more than OK plus lower fat to …

Egg-free pumpkin pie
Saturday, 9 Jan, 2010 – 9:21 | Comments Off

Usually I don’t bother messing with a good thing, and Rosemarie Emro’s pumpkin pie recipe in her most-excellent “Bakin’ Without Eggs” is perfect as far as I’m concerned. Don’t make the version with extra brown …

Egg-free sour cream coffee cake
Sunday, 27 Dec, 2009 – 12:08 | Comments Off
Egg-free sour cream coffee cake

Sour cream is a magic potion when it comes to egg-free baking. It has the fat needed to replace part of the missing egg, plus the “sour” part seems to help leavening as well.
That’s why …

Egg-free snickerdoodles
Wednesday, 23 Dec, 2009 – 8:09 | Comments Off
Egg-free snickerdoodles

It’s not necessarily odd that I’d never made snickerdoodles before tonight.
What is odd, though, is that I’d never had one until a couple of years ago, when someone brought some into work for a potluck. …

Egg-free cranberry icebox cookies
Monday, 21 Dec, 2009 – 8:42 | Comments Off
Egg-free cranberry icebox cookies

Were it not for the fact that I’m incapable of rolling pretty little round logs of cookie dough, this might be the perfect recipe. It’s easy to make, has no hard-to-find egg replacers, and two …