Pie Crust

Beth the Baker - PiesAs I’ve mentioned, my Grandmother had a huge influence on my cooking.. But then again, so did my mother.  Particularly the art of the pie crust.

My mother baked pretty much every day when I was growing up as my father had a fondness for dessert with every meal.  He even had one of those triangular Tupperware containers in order to take his “lunch pie”.  Breakfast pie, lunch pie,  then pie for dessert after supper.  Not to mention his evening snack of ice cream…. You think he’d be a large man, but no, he was very active and likely has a great metabolism… which I did not inherit. Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Beth Warren the BakerSo I have been trying to adjust various recipes to suit various tastes, medical conditions, food preferences etc. for family et al.

Marc Thomas was diagnosed as diabetic last year and so I’ve tried to do some low or non sugar stuff. My sister is a vegan and my niece a vegetarian so I take that into consideration at times.  And my daughter is lactose intolerant (which means she TRIES not to eat it as it’s not great for her but still sometimes does….)  ANYWAY, I’ve been making these cookies for years and they are scrumptious.  Needless to say, the full fat omnivore version is the tastiest (IN MY OPINION) however, they are very good with substitutions… Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache (but it doesn’t have to be vegan if you don’t want it to be)

Vegan Chocolate Cake - Beth the BakerI know you’re thinking that this can’t possibly be delicious, but it is… I’ve included this as part of my “posting things chocolate for Valentine’s Day”.  This cake works for vegans and non-vegans alike…

Here’s what happens in my family for birthday celebrations, etc..

I have two younger sisters and we’re all  good cooks.  So when we have a family dinner, we split the duties – my sisters, my mom and myself all contribute toward the meal (except Mother’s Day where we don’t have to do stuff… or at least not as much…).  Continue reading

Brona’s Banana Cake

Banana Cake - Beth the BakerAbout 15 years ago (maybe less, like I can remember that far back…) my Aunt Laura came to visit and brought a binder for each of us – me, each of my sisters, and my mother and father.  In each binder was some family history.. stories of how my grandparents met (by mail – story later…) some history of our family members along with some copies of old photos (some a little fuzzy..) And my Grandmother’s recipes.  The ones my Aunt had, any way.  When my Grandmother (Bernice in English, Bronislava or Brona in Lithuanian and Polish) had lived in California, my Aunt wrote down as many recipes as she could.

As I’ve said, I’ve decided to recreate my Grandmother’s recipes.  Except the headcheese.  Nobody wants that….

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Out of Eggs? Here are some substitutes!

Egg Substitutes - Beth Warren the BakerThe other day I was baking when I realized that I was out of eggs!  I was going to run to the corner store to grab some, except I had already put the baking powder in (D’OH!) and needed to act fast.  I knew there were a bunch of different “fixes” for the no egg problem… looked them up and thought I’d share! In addition – great way to make recipes vegan by omitting the egg and using margarine instead of butter (when necessary). Continue reading