Firecracker Shrimp Bowties

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Shrimp

The only OTHER thing Josh asked me to make for his birthday was Firecracker Shrimp BowTies.  Years ago, it was my go to on the East Side Mario’s menu.  Then, they took it off, replaced the BowTies with Penne and it was never the same.. just didn’t taste as good.

I looked online at one point to find a “copycat” recipe… and they I just made up my own.  And Josh and I both LOVE it.. I just love farfalle pasta.. it’s a texture thing… and snow peas and garlic and shrimp … delish!

One part of starting a cooking blog was to share some of my recipes that I kind of just “threw together” so that my kids would have them… so here ya go Joshie! Now you can make it when you’re away at school. 🙂

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Chocolate Banana Brownies

Chocolate Banana Brownies I swear to you, these are delicious.

One of the things I’m doing with my baking is remaking recipes (sometimes, not all) to be vegetarian or vegan and many of the desserts I’ve modified to be low sugar.

I have a vegetarian niece, a vegan sister, a lactose intolerant daughter and a boyfriend with diabetes.  So, in some recipes I’ve offered modifications.  THIS is the delicious result of modifications… and I must get them out of my house as soon as possible or I will eat them ALL.  Continue reading

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins

Apple Carrot Oatmeal Muffins - Beth the BakerI was looking for a way to use up some buttermilk that I had in the fridge and also wanted to make some healthy, delicious low sugar treats.  I took a muffin recipe and pretty much changed out most of the ingredients to come up with this.  They were very tasty, the BF enjoyed them… and then of course I had to re-make them as I couldn’t quite recall what I had done in the first place.  I’m pretty that way. (Long time saying I have… when someone does something kinda dumb, I will pet their hair and say “you’re pretty… you don’t have to be smart”… to either men or women.. it’s just a joke, don’t get all offended or anything… it’s just something silly I say…. I value smart over pretty any day… but once again, I digress..) Continue reading

My Grandmother’s Perogies

Perogies - Beth the BakerAnd here, my lovelies, is my convoluted perogy* post…. Scroll to the end to avoid rambling and just get at ‘er, however the rambling does contain hints….

When I was a kid, important celebrations involved perogies.

I can remember on my birthdays, my grandmother would make for me (and the family), perogies and doughnuts (that will be a different post..).  Perogies were generally only for “special occasions” as they involved a lot of work for my grandmother.  But when it’s your birthday, you get to choose the meal.  And I would always choose perogies.

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Homemade Farmer’s Cheese

Homemade Farmer's CheeseI researched how to make Farmer’s Cheese for my Grandmother’s Cheese Dumpling Recipe. Super simple to make and delicious.  Great for baking or just eating with crackers! TOTALLY making this to use in my next lasagna! It’s slightly different than ricotta, which has cream as well as milk and isn’t quite as dry.. I’ll post that recipe later… 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