Carrot Cake Muffins with Meyer Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


  I’m home for a short week before heading to Palm Springs with the girls to relax, have fun and play a few rounds of golf in the warm weather of the great South land.  I’m so humbled by my inability to lose a few pounds and keep them off that I’m fully ready to […]

chewy tarragon sugar cookies

Chewy Tarragon Sugar Cookies

Today I’m sharing a family favorite, chewy sugar cookies flavored with finely minced tarragon. I use a chewy sugar cookie recipe from America’s Test Kitchen that I’ve adapted to include my favorite cookie herb, tarragon.  This is a simple recipe for a chewy sugar cookie that is made completely by hand- no mixer is needed. […]

Mixed Berry Tartlets Lightened up with Tillamook Light Fat Free Lemon Squeeze Yogurt


I received a generous sampling of light yogurts to review, a new product from Tillamook, the same people who make the cheddar cheese that I’ve enjoyed over the years.  I was thrilled to try their light yogurt flavors as I eat yogurt sprinkled with granola and berries almost everyday for breakfast.  I loved all the […]

Light Banana Chunk Muffins


Banana chunk muffins are the latest addition to my expanding collection of light baking recipes.  I’m exploring another new to me cook book, Light and Easy Baking by Beatrice Ojakangas.  Her light baking cook book is filled with simple easy to follow recipes for all the things I like to bake including a chapter on […]

Light & Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies


I know you’re probably thinking, how can a chocolate chip cookie be light and skinny?  Well, I can tell you that after making a mound of full fat Rugelach today for the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group, this recipe for chocolate chip cookies has been greatly reduced in fat and sugar but not in flavor. […]

Light Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes


I didn’t forget about my light baking project and today’s second installment in my series is another recipe I adapted from America’s Test Kitchen 2011 Light & Healthy Cookbook.  The calories and fat have been reduced but the ‘moist crumb and rich chocolate flavor’ are all there in each bite of these lovely chocolate cupcakes. […]

Meyer Lemon Bar Cookies with Rosemary

In the spirit of baking light and healthier in January here is a reduced fat recipe for lemon bars that is so good you won’t miss the extra calories.  I adapted this lemon bar recipe from another new to me ‘lightened up’ cook book America’s Test Kitchen Light & Healthy 2012,  I added finely chopped […]