Thursday, March 17, 2016

Easter Food Hacks! "Pie-Jacking" your Deserts Easily!

Easter is a fun time of year, it signifies the start of Spring and children's laughter as they gleefully hunt for Easter eggs.  The pastel plastic eggs, bunny ears and baskets dominate the grocery store aisles.   This year I have been incredibly busy and I just started putting together the Easter  dinner menu with recipes on Facebook.  Usually I go a little overboard, homemade coconut cake, carrot cake and  at least 2 pies from scratch!  I am still making the carrot cake, but my other deserts have changed!
This year I found out about a new food in town and it isn't on the dinner menu- in fact, it's hijacking all the deserts on my list.  Inspired by the latest food trend, I am "pie-jacking" other popular foods and deserts this Spring for an incredible pie embellishments and a  mash-up dessert sensation! 

It all starts with Marie Callender's  pies, because they use high-quality ingredients to create meals and desserts that smell and taste just like homemade so that your family can slow down and savor together.  My Easter desert's will never be the same!  I "pie-jacked" their chocolate cream pie.  It already has special touches like made-from-scratch lattice crust and hand-placed chocolate curls to help make them look just like homemade.  All I did, was get vanilla wafers, chocolate frosting and chocolate eggs and Voila!  Flowers on the pie!



    This spring, add your own special touch to your Marie Callender’s pie – from a fun topping to using it as the base for a customized dessert mash-up – to enhance any family occasion.  Check out these creations I found on their website.

  Find more tips on the Marie Callender’s Meals Facebook page or
#Easterdeserts #Eastermenu #Eastermenu

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Cooking Allergy Free Foods- for Friends and Family

If you look at my Facebook page, you will see my love language is cooking!  It's a way for me to show people I care about them and make them feel special.  Mama Mia!  I grew up in an Italian neighborhood and the dinners were huge gatherings with a lot of leftovers.   I always cook for an army, and send home a lot of left overs, too!    No one ever went hungry in Little Italy or at my house.  In fact, guests ate whatever dessert, bread or pasta placed before them, with a passion and appreciation!

Times have changed, and so have the dietary needs of my guests.  Years ago, no one talked about Gluten-free foods, or Peanut-free desserts.  In fact, when my children were in school, baked goods for bake sales, holiday parties and special teachers were appreciated.  Now they are refused and sent back home. 

I have also  noticed more and more dinner guests are declining the deserts and breads I have offered at a meal.  In fact, I learned the foods I baked were unhealthy for people with food allergies! Gluten is not good for someone with Celiac Disease.  Lately, people with other food allergies, like Dairy or Peanut allergies started passing on my desserts also! 

Feeling a little overwhelmed for the next holiday meal, I stumbled across  they were like an answer to a prayer!  Currently, you can find their products at Whole Foods, Wegmans, Target and Health stores.  If your store doesn't carry it, just ask the store manager to order it!  Stores love fulfilling their customer's needs.

They have;
Brownies, carrot cake, cookies, pancakes, waffles, yellow cake, frostings and more!

Be sure to check out some of these Easter Recipes from Cherry Brook Kitchens!
Cake Mix
For more information go to
#cherrybrookkitchen  #glutenfree  #allergyfree 
#peanutfree   #dairy free. #lauradellutri  #glutenfreecarrotcake