Wacky Banana Cake from momspantrykitchen.com

1 1/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed bananas
1/3 cup oil
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

Prepare a 9 inch square baking pan.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add in all other ingredients and mix until completely blended.

Pour batter into the baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Frost cake when completely cooled.

Lemon Frosting
1 1/2  cups confectioner’s sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp lemon juice

Combine all ingredients and beat until creamy.

Upside-down cranberry pudding from helen

2 tbsp butter,softened plus
6 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 c cranberries
1/4 c coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 c plus 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c flour
1/2 c heavy cream

Preheat oven to 325. With a pastry brush, spread 2 tbsp butter over the bottom and sides of a 8” pie tin. Wash cranberries and pat dry. Spread them in the bottom of pie tin and sprinkle with walnuts and 1/3 c sugar.

In a mixing bowl, beat the egg and remaining 1/2 c sugar and beat until the mixture thickens and clings to beater. Beating constantly, add the flour a few tbsp at a time.then beat in melted cooled butter and pour the batter over the berries and nuts. Bake in the middle of oven for 45 min or until top is golden. Cool until room temp.

meanwhile whip the cream until stiff peaks.

Unmold cake and serve with whipped cream. Serves 6.
use blueberries as well.

Cheesy Farro-and-Tomato Risotto from food and wine

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil  
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped) 
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced) 
  • 1 ½ cups farro 
  • ¼ cup dry white wine 
  • 1 quart of water 
  • 1 cup drained canned tomatoes (chopped) 
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons sliced basil leaves
  • In a large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the farro and stir until coated with oil, about 1 minute. Add the white wine and simmer until almost evaporated, 2 minutes. Lower the heat to moderate. Add 1 cup of the water and cook, stirring, until absorbed. Repeat with the remaining water, adding 1 cup at a time and stirring constantly until the farro is just tender and suspended in a creamy sauce, 30 minutes total.
  • Stir the tomatoes into the risotto and bring to a boil over moderate heat. Off the heat, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the risotto into bowls, garnish with the basil and serve hot.

Vegan Mongolian Beef with Soy Curls from the vietvegan.com


  • Oil for frying (2 inches in a large pot)
  • 227 g soy curls (a full bag)
  • 4 cups boiling water (or just to cover the soy curls)
  • 2 tbsp (15 mL) mushroom broth powder
  • ~3/4 cup to 1 cup (approx 200-256 g) corn starch or tapioca starch

For the Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water
  • 2 tbsp (16 g) cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) chili flakes (go to 1-2 tbsp if you like it really spicy)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1-2 inches of ginger (30 g) finely minced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 sprigs green onions, greens cut into 1-inch segments (whites not used for this recipe, but you can put them in water to grow them)

Fry The Soy Curls

  1. Preheat your oil in a large wok or pot to 350F (I bring it up to a 6 on my stove) .
  2. In a large bowl, rehydrate the soy curls in boiling water + mushroom broth powder (or just veggie broth if you have that). Let rehydrate for 5-10 minutes, then squeeze as much water out of it as you can. 
  3. Dredge the rehydrated soy curls in cornstarch until coated well, shake off any excess and fry in the oil until crispy. Fry in small batches so you don’t overcrowd the oil and bring down the temperature too quickly (otherwise you’ll fry for too long and it’ll be really oily). Gently stir the soy curls in the oil while cooking to turn and cook them evenly, and remove to let drain on a wire rack or paper towel once golden and crisp. Repeat in batches until all soy curls are cooked.

To make the dish

  1. Prepare the sauce by combining soy sauce, brown sugar, dark soy sauce, cornstarch, water, and chili flakes in a bowl. Stir well to combine and try to dissolve most of the sugar. Set aside.
  2. Using either the same wok (removing all but 2 tbsp of oil) or in another pan with oil, and frying ginger for about 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the garlic and fry for another minute. Add the sauce mixture to the pan and stir constantly to cook through. Let the mixture come to a bubble and thicken for about a minute.
  3. Add the fried soy curls to the sauce and stir well to coat. It might not look like the sauce is enough to coat everything, but as the soy curls soften slightly with the sauce, the sauce should be able to coat all the soy curls. As soon as everything is coated, add the green onions and stir to cook the greens through.

waffles from allrecipes.com

  • 2 eggs  
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour  
  • 1 ¾ cups milk 
  • ½ cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar 
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Step 1 Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.
  • Step 2 Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.

turkey rub

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons dry ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsprosemary, ground
  • 1 Tbsporegano, dried
  • 1 tspsage, dried
  • 1 Tbspginger, ground
  • 1 Tbspmarjoram, dried
  • 1 Tbspthyme, dried
  • 1 tspfreshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tspfreshly grated nutmeg

BELL’S POULTRY SEASONING – copy cat recipe

4 1/2 tsp dried rosemary

4 tsp dried oregano

3 3/4 tsp dried sage

3 1/2 tsp ground dried ginger

3 tsp dried marjoram

2 3/4 tsp dried thyme

3/4 tsp ground black pepper

Mix together and grind to fine powder in a coffee or spice grinder.

Makes about 1/2-cup.

vegan sausage with oats

1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 tsp crushed fennel seeds
½ tsp crushed red pepper corns
1 tsp crushed chili flakes
1 ½ TBL dehydrated onion flakes or a small to medium chopped onion
2 cloves crushed garlic
½ tsp salt
1 TBL Caribbean spice with garlic
1 tsp ground sage
1 tsp coriander
1 ½ tsp crushed dried rosemary or fresh
½ tsp ground black pepper
3 TBL ground flax seeds
9 TBL water
Liquid smoke
1 tsp maple syrup
1 TBL Italian herbs
olive oil

Connie’s mushroom broth In food processor Add rolled oats, In mortar pestel crush fennel seeds, red pepper corns, and chili flakes to desired texture and add to food processor Add in dehydrated onion flakes, garlic, salt, Caribbean spice, sage and coriander In mortar pestel crush rosemary just a bit, and add to processor Add in black pepper, flax seed,

Gently pulse food processor ingredients to coarse texture and put into a medium bowl To mixture add water, olive oil, liquid smoke, maple syrup, and Italian herbs, and mix well and allow mixture to rest for 5 minutes.

Oil hands for shaping mixture into sausage rolls or sausage patties. (be sure to keep hands oiled during shaping process.)

Put oil in pan and brown sausages on all sides. Extra oil can be added during browning process if desired. When browned, add broth, partially cover and allow to simmer to complete cooking of oats. Remove from broth. Sausages can be served at this point or cooled and frozen for future use. Serve with mushroom broth used to complete cooking. Note: For

substitute egg – 1 TBL ground flax plus 3 TBL water = 1 egg

Easy Seitan Steak

Dry ingredients

  • 1½ cup vital wheat gluten
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup garbonzo bean powder (or chick pea flour)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric

Wet ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup organic ketchup or BBQ sauce ( or both!)
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 cloves of shredded garlic
  • pinch of pepper


  • 1½ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 smashed cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • ¼ cup BBQ Sauce
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups water


  1. Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  3. Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry and knead with your hands. The mixture should be dough like, not overly sticky. Knead well.
  4. Form two “logs” with the mixture and let them sit on the preheating oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Mix together your stock in a large bowl.
  6. Place “logs” into a deep casserole dish and cover with your stock.
  7. Cover dish and place in oven 350 for 1 hour.
  8. Flip seitan and continue to cook for ½ hour uncovered. If it is still soft, then cook for another 15 – 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

broccoli delight by carla

1-2 lbs broccoli
4 oz. Cheddar cheese

Separate the crowns from the stalk, then cut the florets into big wedges. Trim and peel the stems then cut it crosswise into large coins. Hear the pan and drizzle with olive oil.Add the broccoli, seasoned it with salt, and arranged it so the flat sides make contact with the pan.

Break the cheddar into ½-inch bits, scooted them back into a pile.

Once the broccoli develops a nice dark brown seared edge on one side and turning bright green and steamy on the top sprinkle the cheddar all over the broccoli. the green broccoli tops will be covered with melty cheese.


Strawberry Drop Biscuits NYTimes

  • 1 ½ cups/190 grams all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup/50 grams granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons/85 grams cold salted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 medium strawberries, cut into small 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch pieces (about 2/3 cup/100 grams), or whole blueberries, raspberries or other diced stone fruit
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more if needed
  • ¼ cup/30 grams unsifted confectioners’ sugar
  1. Arrange an oven rack in the center of the oven. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, granulated sugar and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl. Toss the pieces of butter into the flour mixture to coat. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the flour until the mixture is mealy and small pieces of pea-size butter remain.
  3. Add the diced strawberries and toss with a fork to combine. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add 4 tablespoons of the heavy cream and 1/4 cup water. Continue tossing with the fork until the dough is just evenly damp and shaggy, being careful not to overwork the dough too much. Add 1 to 3 teaspoons more water, as needed, if the dough is still too dry to work with.
  4. Drop 6 mounds of dough (each a generous 1/3 cup) onto the baking sheet, leaving at least 1 1/2 inches of space between each mound and gently padding any stray bits of dough back into place as you work. Lightly brush the tops with 1 tablespoon heavy cream and bake until deep golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the confectioners’ sugar to a small bowl, and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon heavy cream, adding more if needed to make a thick icing that is just thin enough to drizzle. Spoon over the warm biscuits; serve warm or at room temperature.