How to Make Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

I and my husband try to eat meatless twice a week. One day when I was out of ideas to make I came up with this yummy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, and it was a hit, not only with my husband but with my three kids also. This is an easy recipe to do, and I…


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Bakers Pantry Essentials

One thing about a baker’s pantry, it really depends on what that baker makes the most as to what his or her pantry should stock. There are loads of suggestions and information on what every baker needs from ingredients, to pan and tools, but the true bottom line is you will have to customize your…


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Shepherds Pie a Vegetarian Recipe

Shepherd’s pie is an age old recipe that has been around for hundreds of years. The term Shepherd’s pie did not actually arise until the 1870s, and before that this dish was known as Cottage Pie. The dish was popular among those who struggled with the economy and could not always afford a lot of meat. The…


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Using Margarine instead of Butter when Making Shortbread

Butter and margarine are two completely different ingredients that are not interchangeable. One does not substitute for the other. Scotch shortbread illustrates this perfectly. There are three ingredients: Butter, flour and sugar. Shortbread depends on butter, its raison d’etre, reason for being. Originally, shortbread was the result of the Scotch farmer’s wife enjoying her butter…


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Fun Ways to Decorate a Buche De Noel

Christmas seems almost incomplete for many families without the traditional Christmas delicacy, the Buche de Noel. For those who do not know, a Buche de Noel is a delicious Christmas dessert, made up of a cherry and white chocolate core, surrounded by a soft and juicy layer of yellow sponge cake. Although it can be…


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Buyers Guide to Cake Mixes

Don’t tell Grandma, but today’s cake mixes can be even better than scratch! The cake mixes you buy in stores today are more consistent, more flavorful and more convenient than most of the scratch recipes that you can find. They ultimately can save you valuable time and money, too. With today’s busy lifestyles it is…


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Irish Vegetarian Shepherds Pie or Shepherdless Pie

Comfort is usually one of the last thoughts when someone says vegetarian food.  But, this Irish inspired vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie provides a total comfort food experience without the meat.  Dig into this tasty one dish wonder, and no one will miss the meat. Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie (aka Shepherdless Pie) Base:2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons butter…


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Tips for Making the Perfect Scones

Whenever there is an occasion that calls for some baking, whether a picnic in the park or a family get together, I am always asked to make scones with jam and cream. I have two amazing recipes that I use because scones are my favorite sweet and my favorite thing to bake. Scones are a…


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The uses of Salted and Unsalted Butter in Pastry

One of the baking commandments, right up there with leveling off the top of your dry measurements, is that when making a pastry or other sweet creation, one must indefinitely use unsalted butter. It’s like, a baking transgression of you do otherwise, and, if caught by a pastry policeman, it can land you in veritable…


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Having Fun Decorating Buche De Noel

Buche de Noel, also known as Yule Log is a desert served in France around Christmas time.  It is a sponge cake baked in the shape of a Swiss Roll. The cake is baked in a shallow pan and then frosting or a filling is spread over the cake. They frosted or filled cake is…


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