Secret Ingredients

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Banana Muffins Made with Mayonnaise

by on December 2, 2013 · 11 comments

Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise

Today’s muffins are made with Sir Kensington’s, a fancy mayonnaise made with cage free eggs, sunflower oil and citrus. To be honest, it’s really too exquisite to use in baking, but I received a free sample for review so I didn’t mind testing it in muffins. If you happen upon it at Whole Foods, you’ll […]


Published on December 2, 2013
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Good things come to those who wait, and sometimes to those who procrastinate. I finally got around to ordering some McCormick Vanilla Butter & Nut Extract and wish I’d done it sooner. It definitely lived up to my expectations, which had been set pretty high thanks to glowing reviews from people who said it was […]


Published on September 24, 2013
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Sonoma Crush Vanilla

I’ve added a new vanilla to the collection. Lisa recommended this in the comment section a while back, and I just happened to stumble upon it in the gourmet section of a local liquor store. Sonoma Syrup’s Vanilla Bean Extract Crush is a blend of Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla with crushed vanilla seeds thrown in. […]


Published on September 18, 2013
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Millionaire Pie

This pie is a family favorite,  and while I don’t know the exact origin of the name, it’s reasonable to assume it comes from the rich ingredients — whipping cream, pecans and butter.  There’s another version of the recipe made with condensed milk, but this one is closest to the one my grandmother made.  She […]


Published on June 7, 2013
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Cranberry Orange Muffin

Today’s recipe is made with White Lily, a soft wheat  flour popular in the South.  For the past few weeks I’ve been using all-purpose, but this week I switched to self-rising White Lily and am loving the results. In America, it seems that most bakers use all-purpose flour mixed with a combination of baking powder […]


Published on March 11, 2013
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Hungry Jack Potato Flake Buckeyes

by on October 12, 2012 · 7 comments

potato flake buckeyes

Recipes with secret ingredients are the best, because not only do experience whatever flavor or texture change the ingredient adds, you have a conversation starter!  For instance, you might ask if anyone tastes the secret ingredient when you serve these peanut butter candies. If anyone guesses potato flakes, I will be very surprised. This recipe […]

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Published on October 12, 2012
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Sugar Cookies

The last time I put a secret ingredient in sugar cookies, it was pudding mix. This time it’s something different. Pineapple extract! Not a lot – just a few drops or enough to add a tiny bit of flavor to the cookies. I got the idea from a reader in California who thought pineapple extract […]


Published on March 8, 2012
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Best Ever Pancakes!

by on October 10, 2010 · 21 comments


Best Ever Pancakes!


Published on October 10, 2010