Easy Moist Cake (Using a Cake Mix)

The secret ingredient of these moist cakes isn’t pudding mixes or dairy. The secret ingredient is grated zucchini.  The zucchini melts away into the cake so you can’t even tell it is in there.

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My five-year-old has a summer birthday.  I thought he wanted a chocolate cake and started grating zucchini for a chocolate zucchini cake, but he picked out a boxed spice cake mix.  Since I already grated zucchini, I decided it was time to experiment. Continue reading

Whole Grain Pancakes

Whole wheat and corn pancakes served dairy-free and delicious.

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Whole Grain, Dairy-Free Pancakes

As a kid, my mom was a director of a Suzuki violin and piano camp for several summers.  A piano teacher from Texas stayed at our house and made these pancakes for us.  After that, they became the standard pancake at our house.

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Replacing Butter

When I first found out that I could no longer eat dairy products, I didn’t know how to replace butter with other products. Non-dairy fats are sometimes hard to find at stores, or are very expensive, or they don’t taste at all like butter. I needed a fat source that the entire family could eat, fit my budget, and tasted good. I learned that with a little creativity I could cook without butter and still have delicious food.

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