What the Heck Have I Been Up To?

I have never been accused of bombarding people’s mailboxes with too many newsletters or blog posts. In this day and age when we are supposed to be digitally connected 24/7, I am a social media party pooper. It isn’t that I don’t love seeing what others do on Facebook – in fact,  the connection it brings with people around the world is what I love most about it. But otherwise, I prefer tinkering in my kitchen, teaching, engaging with a live audience, or otherwise doing the real stuff my work involves, rather than reporting to the world about what I’m up to every ten minutes.  On the home front, my kids have berated me over the years for not snapping […]

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Cupcakes for Teens (and me!)

Chocolate-drizzled Banana Cupcakes with  Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting Three all-American flavors that sing in harmony in any combination: peanut butter, bananas and chocolate. Whether it’s peanut butter and chocolate (think Reese’s peanut butter cups), chocolate-dipped bananas, or my favorite afternoon snack, peanut butter on chocolate, the combinations can’t be beat. So why not combine them all and make a great cupcake? I must first make a confession: I am a cake snob. I find most American cakes cloyingly sweet, their sugary frosting lacking in richness and creaminess. This snobbery especially carries over to cupcakes, even vegan ones, piled high with some variation of whipped vegan margarine and powdered sugar. To call this “buttercream,” I find almost sacrilegious. So when my […]

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