Monthly Archives: June 2014

Family Reunion Buffet

I survived the family reunion buffet! There was chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a fruit mix (strawberries, blueberries, and halved grapes). Though I was prepared and brought snacks just in case.


Thai Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry

I went to the farmers market and came home with asparagus, broccoli, spinach, sugar snap peas, onions, zucchini, and strawberries. I played the “what do I cook now” game. Answer? Thai Peanut Noodle Stir-Fry.



I was very pleased that Bella Cuisine added shortcake. And here I thought I would never eat strawberry shortcake again!


My sister grows strawberries. I helped her pick them one summer and make jam. Consider yourself lucky if you get one of her strawberry jam jars for Christmas. My sister taught me how to make shortcake in the microwave. Now to find and make my own gluten-free shortcake.

Schmoo Cake–Attempt One

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I tried combining two different recipes for the cake. I used a gluten-free angel food cake recipe from “Gluten Free Baking” by Parragon Books and Love Food Editors with the caramel sauce and whipped cream instructions from Valerie Lugonja. The cake tasted good, but I want to perfect the cake itself. More experiments to come.

Homemade Ice Cream

Because I was being “glutened” by ice cream, I decided to invest in my own ice cream maker. My grandfather would come home from work and eat a big bowl of ice cream, and I follow in his footsteps. I’ve made vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, butter pecan, and peanut butter. I hope to make cotton candy, my favorite flavor from UDF.

Cake Experiments

I love the King Arthur Yellow Cake Mix. I’ve altered it to make a coconut lime cake, a Captain America Cake, and now this chocolate cake with mint icing. We used butter, cream cheese, mint extract, and powdered sugar for the icing. And it was thrilling to use my turntable for the first time. Hooray for new cake supplies!

Captain America Cake–Second Attempt


I found this video on YouTube, and it inspired me to attempt my own gluten-free version of this Captain America Cake. This is my second attempt. The first time I only used one box of cake mix, and this time I used two boxes of King Arthur Yellow Cake Mix. I still didn’t have enough cake to split the red and white layers. It’s time for math before the next attempt.