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Taffy Apple Salad Redux

I grew up in Channahon, IL  - population 12,560. It’s a quiet place inhabited these days mostly by old folks, and it isn’t known for much. In fact, when I found out that Nick Offerman’s dad taught social studies at a junior high in Channahon I burst...

Vegan Tot Pot Pie Recipe

This recipe is part of the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck! Pot pies are a savory dish incased inside two flaky pastry crusts. This dish doesn’t have a crust at all, so technically it’s a casserole, but here’s the thing about that – I don’t...

Food Puncher: Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Bite Recipe

One thing that irritates me about Pinterest is how impossible it is to track down the original source for ideas you find pinned. For instance, a few days ago one of my friends pinned a photo of raw, vegan cookie dough bites with the caption, “OMG, really tastes...

Teno’s Apple Oatmeal Cookies

When I told Teno I was going to post his recipe on my website he said, “You have a WEBSITE?” That’s right kid, The Electric Company, Word World and your mom all have websites. Pretty impressive if you’re a four year old. He didn’t think...

Teno’s Snow Day Muffins

So far in Chicago we’ve gotten about 20 inches of snow and it’s still coming down. The trains aren’t running and our car is buried so we had ourselves a snow day. Teno was quite upset that I still had to do some work even though I was at home so I...

Crouching Corn Bread, Hidden Broccoli

I think most parents are convinced, at least for a short while, that their toddlers are going to starve. How on Earth could a growing body possibly survive on little more than juice boxes and goldfish crackers? Tony and I do everything we can to introduce Teno to...

Mac & Cheese Throwdown!

Hey, remember like, months ago when I posted pictures of my mac & cheese cupcake and the whole entire Internerd freaked out? Yeah! I’m finally posting the recipe today along with all the winning recipes from Echo magazine’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown!...

Peanut butter banana bread

I know I’ve mentioned before that Teno is a class-A banana waster. Sometimes he’ll eat an entire bunch in two days and sometimes the whole bunch will rot. Tony likes bananas but he’s been on an apple bender lately and I find the texture of bananas...

Vegan Chocolate Chip Brownie Waffles

This recipe comes from Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook. I was so excited to get this big, beautiful book in the mail the other day. First of all, these two are the most reliable vegan recipe writers I’ve ever come...

Banana Crunch Muffin

Banana Crunch Muffin Originally uploaded by Bake & Destroy! This is an Ina Garten recipe, so it makes a ton of muffins. For the original measurements click here. What follows is a conversion to make one dozen muffins. You will need: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1...

Elmo Cupcakes

ElmoOriginally uploaded by Bake & Destroy! This probably doesn’t seem very “Bake and Destroy” of me, but: 1) Destroyer or not, I’m a mama and sooner or later, all mamas make Elmo cakes and 2) Everyone I know grew up watching sesame Street,...

Cakespy Smores Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

cakespy cafe Originally uploaded by Bake & Destroy! Jessie Oleson, for those of you in need of a “things what are cute” lesson, is the Head Spy over at Cakespy.com and she is also a fantastic and hilarious painter. I wanted to make a cake ode to her...