Picking A Perfect Pumpkin and What to Do and Eat Afterwards

This Grandma did not realize there was an art to selecting the best pumpkin.  If you are with me, then the internet is a treasure trove of information. 1. The pumpkin should be heavy. 2. Look for soft spots, mold, or wrinkles that look like the pumpkin may have started to spoil.  Place the pumpkin […]

Nutella and Bananas or Apples Combine to Make A Tasty and Healthy After School Snack or Maybe Even a Breakfast Food

The first time this Grandma heard of Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread similar in texture to a peanut butter spread, was in 1988.  Our eldest daughter came back from a “People to People” European teen tour after being introduced there to Nutella, and, a lifetime chocoholic (maybe due to the fact I fed her chocolate […]

Candied Strawberries Made With Sugar or Stevia For a Healthy Treat

Summer is strawberry season.  However, this summer a grandson complained to me that the strawberries were not sweet.  Oprah must have agreed, as in her August 2016 Oprah Magazine she included a recipe for Candied Strawberries! Oprah’s recipe uses sugar and is not a recipe that a grandma can do WITH grandchildren but can do […]

No More Scraping The Bowl When and If Baking With Grandchildren and Throw Away Your Flour

Grandchildren love scraping the bowl of cookie dough or the like. They love it more than cleaning the bowl at the sink, although they could spend hours splashing water around “cleaning up” after baking. That is why we grandmas cover our floors and counters with old towels for easy cleanup. The grandchildren scraping the bowls […]

Pillsbury and the Girl Scouts Make and Give Us Grandmas A Sweet Deal

This past week Grandpa and I visited the grandchildren before they left for sleep away camp.  Their parents have become obsessed with healthy eating.  This is not a bad thing, other than the purging of all chocolate and candy from their home.  Fortunately, the parents of our grandchildren do not realize there is a secret […]

Using the Microwave to Make the Best Chocolate Lava Cake Dessert

The Today Show has the best guest chefs, and their April 29, 2016 segment with Al Roker about the famous French chef Jean-Georges (we never remember his last name which is Vongerichten), who invented the molten chocolate cake in the 1980s was wonderful. Apparently, Jean-Georges discovered this molten chocolate cake by accident. He was making […]

Layered Ice Cream Treats, Fancy and Plain, to Explore With Grandchildren Ready for Spring and Summer

When our children were small, this Grandma took gourmet cooking lessons. Now I cannot find those fabulous recipes I compiled as we used to keep recipes on cards, long lost.  But, one that is easy to remember is the layered ice cream pie that went into Baked Alaska. Our gourmet chef teacher liked to make […]

Choose Between Ina Garten’s Peanut Swirl Brownies or A Brownie Mix with Peanut Butter Swirl

This Grandma loves to think she is giving grandchildren healthy desserts if one ingredient is healthy.  Yes, peanut butter qualifies.  A twitter post had Ina Garten’s peanut butter swirl recipe from the Food Network.  This caught my eye.  A long (we never say old) dear friend introduced me to Ina Garten and her recipes.  I […]

Adult Guilty Pleasure With Velvetta Queso Dip and What To Do With the Leftover Velvetta After Making the Best Mac And Cheese For Grandchildren

Our grandchildren love California Pizza Kitchen’s mac and cheese. This Grandma went on a hunt to try to replicate it and found a recipe that the grandchildren said is better than the mac and cheese they get at California Pizza Kitchen. Here is the post and the recipe: It has gotten to the point where […]

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Mini Dessert Sandwiches From a Famous Chef Add to Grandma’s Collection of Decedent Unhealthy But Delicious Treats With Which To Spoil Grandchildren

This Grandma always looks for decedent unhealthy but delicious treats with which to spoil grandchildren. Who would have thought I would find something outrageously tempting in a recipe in People Magazine. Trying to find the recipe on line without purchasing Jacques Pepin’s cookbook, “Jacques Pepin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen,” is impossible. He calls […]

Healthy Grandchildren in 2016 With healthychildren.org and Baked Chicken Tenders

The news about the Zika virus passed by mosquitos is all over the news. The news about the children in Flint, Michigan being exposed to lead is all over the news. Unfortunately, the news media is making all of us grandmas concerned about everything in our environment and society that can hurt our grandchildren. Where […]

Baby Carrots Are the Best Junk Food For Grandchildren and Not What We Think They Are

This Grandma has to admit that she believed that perfectly good large carrots out of the ground were whittled down to make the tiny baby carrot. I believed that the waste went to waste and I was wasteful in taking advantage of the convenience of using a package of baby carrots in my recipes. I […]

Cookie Exchanges Are Abundant in Holiday Season With Cookie Recipes For Every State and Every Grandma To Make Or Buy the Best for Grandchildren

Last evening a dear long (we never say old) friend said she was invited to a cookie exchange. She declined, as this Grandma would, as we are of the grandmas who make reservations or bake cookies with our grandchildren for our grandchildren only. Then, this morning, on the Today Show, the talk was of cookie […]

Grandmas Love National Cookie Day Every Day And Here Are Cookie Recipes and Two Back Stories About Cookies To Share With Grandchildren Including the Coveted Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Our youngest daughter’s first word was “cookie.” This Grandma is convinced it was due to GG (her grandmother) caring for her regularly while I finished graduate school and worked. What grandma does not love giving cookies to grandchildren! December 4 is National Cookie Day and The New York Times on line concentrates on cookies and […]

Mashed Potato Pancakes That Can Follow the Thanksgiving Baked Potato Bar For Chanukah as Well as All Family Get Togethers

This year at Thanksgiving, being weight conscious and gluten free conscious, the mother of our youngest daughter came up with the idea of a baked potato bar. It was an instant hit and an easy addition to the traditional holiday dinner. Here is the recipe this Grandma compiled after reviewing many on the internet. The […]

Experiment with Baking No Mixer Easy Cupcakes on National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Yes, it does seem that every day is a special day. Cupcakes are special, but it seems that chocolate cupcakes make it to have their own special day each October 18. According to nationaldaycalendar.com, we really do not know the origin of the day but we do know the origin of cupcakes: “Cupcakes can be […]

Skinny Oreos Add to the Oreo Boom but the Best for Grandchildren and Their Parents are Chocolate Covered Oreos We Make At Home Or Send Off Beautifully Wrapped For the Holidays

A skinny version of Oreos debuts in the U.S. next week, its maker says. Four Oreo Thins contain 140 calories, compared with 160 calories for three regular Oreos. How do they shave off 20 calories? By putting in less filling. Already, those who take Oreos apart, a great deal of us, are complaining how hard […]

Fast Food Stable and Staple in Our Grandchildren’s Diet

The New York Times reported on September 16, 2016 that “About one-third of American children and teens eat pizza or other fast food every day, a government report released today shows. That’s unchanged from the 1990s.” The 1990’s is when we grandmas went into the workplace in droves and fed our children fast food in […]

Egyptian Eye or Egg in A Hole Makes a Great Grandchild Meal For Breakfast or Anytime

Visiting my older grandchildren, my oldest grandson wanted to make breakfast. He learned a new recipe from his other grandmother. He said he was going to make an Egyptian Eye. This Grandmother never heard of such a thing. It was delicious. Soon after, The New York Times, had a recipe for egg in a hole. […]

Hot Dogs Do Deserve Their Own National Day of Celebration

Hot dogs happen to rank among this Grandma’s favorite food. As a freshman in college in Boston, a bunch of us got an urge for a Nathan’s hot dog. Back then, the only place to get one was Coney Island. On a Saturday night, we drove back and forth from Boston to Brooklyn just to […]