There’s something about layer cakes that I just can’t resist. Sure, those homey sheet cakes taste good, but a layer cake is cause for real celebration. And I love banana in any dessert recipe.
Many banana cake recipes are a butter-and-cream bonanza with just a bit of banana. Luckily this yummy cake already has a jump-start on being healthy. Bananas are one of the best dietary sources of potassium. So we set out to develop a banana cake recipe that kept the healthy ingredients and cut or reduced the less healthy ones to yield a cake that is low in cholesterol and sodium. Many of the healthier cooking tricks we used can be applied to other...read full post »
I’m a big believer that, most of time, teaming up to get something done is more fun and more effective than going it alone. Take, for example, shoveling snow or painting a room. When you do it solo, these are chores. But throw another person (or two… or a few) into the mix and you’ve got yourself a “party.” And when you work as a crew, you’re able to reap the rewards of your hard work (cocoa, or pizza!) faster.
This is also true when you’re trying to eat better or to get in shape. Running with a friend motivates me to jog further—and faster. It always helps, too, to be on the same page when it comes to sharing meals: it’s tough to stick with a salad when others at the table are loading up on big dishes of pasta smothered in cream...read full post »
I think this warm chocolate pudding is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s also one of my favorite standby chocolate dessert recipes because it only takes about 20 minutes to whip up, I usually have all the ingredients I need for it on hand (eggs, milk, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt and cornstarch) and my husband’s crazy for it. Plus it’s a lot healthier than most chocolate puddings made with heavy cream and whole milk—it’s low in fat, cholesterol and OK even if you’re on a diet.
The real beauty is that only you need to know what an easy, quick dessert this is (like our equally decadent...read full post »
Can food really boost your libido? The skeptic in me says it can’t be true, but the romantic part of me hopes that it is (especially this year when Valentine’s Day follows a week of stress and long days at work).
For centuries, people all over the world have been claiming that oysters, chocolate, chile peppers and more so-called aphrodisiacs—including asparagus, bananas, strawberries and you-fill-in-the-blank—stoke sex drive. With my romantic dinner plans on the line, I eagerly read the facts and fiction Milton Stokes, M.P.H., R.D., found when he looked into whether certain foods really can get you in the mood.
Before you...read full post »