Everyday Starlet


Retro Recipe Redo: Vegan Hot Fudge Sundae

Vegan Hot Fudge Sundae

Who doesn’t love a Hot Fudge Sundae?  Both Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn had a habit of getting a Hot Fudge Sundae after their acting classes.  So I decided to come up with an idea for a vegan version.  I made this banana ice cream in my Vitamix with a little splash of almond milk and a spoonful of almond butter for flavor.  I topped it with this chocolate ganache (also seen here on my Boston Cream Pie) and a few chopped almonds.  (more…)

Retro Recipe Redo: Swedish Meatballs

Gluten free Dairy Free Swedish Meatballs Dinner

When I was younger, I used to make microwave dinner.  I thought they were quick and easy, and I wasn’t as concerned with health.  Looking back, they were very unsatisfying and never very filling.  I was always hungry an hour later.  One of my favorites was Swedish Meatballs because it’s not something I thought I would ever make myself.  So I decided to change than and try to make a gluten free and dairy free version.  (more…)

Retro Recipe Redo: Boston Cream Pie

Gluten Free Dairy Free Boston Cream Pie

The other night I was watching TV with my boyfriend, PET (those are his initials, and no, he doesn’t like it when I call him my pet).  We started watching an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Cooking Channel, and the episode was dedicated to regional dishes.  PET got so excited that his home state of Rhode Island was being represented by their wieners (don’t call them hot dogs, Rhode Islanders don’t like that).

My home state of Massachusetts was represented by the Boston Cream Pie.  Now Boston Cream Pie is not a pie, it’s a cake…and before you go judging, just remember that New England is buried in snow and ice most of the year so we’re a little cuckoo around these parts.

Typically it’s two white cakes with a custard in between and a chocolate ganache or frosting on top… so I guess you could say it’s more of a sandwich than a pie…. maybe we should call it a Boston Cream Cake Sandwich?  Anyway, PET suggested I make one, so I set off on a quest to make my own version.  (more…)

My Grandmother’s Angel Food Cake w/ Raspberry Frosting

Angel Food Cake and Raspberry Frosting 2

Usually when I try to redo a retro recipe I try to make it healthier.  In this case, I was aiming to recreate a classic recipe of my grandmother’s.   It’s not exactly healthy (except that angel food cake has less fat than regular cake).

My Grandmother was a home ec teacher, as well as an amazing cook with a sweet tooth… so, as you can imagine, she always had sweets around.  Anytime my grandmother made a cake, her go-to was an angel food cake with raspberry frosting.  Gram past away several years ago, but since this week would have been her birthday I thought I would share her recipe with you Starlets as a tribute.  (more…)

Retro Recipe Redo: Cod Cakes

Retro Recipe Redo Gluten Free Quinoa Cod Cakes

Even though I have lived in New England all my life, it has taken me most of that time to grow an appreciation for seafood.  Fish has just never been my thing… until recently.  After trying it on several trips to Cape Cod, I have acquired a taste for white fish, and I especially love it fried (which is not so great for my waistline).  So I have been trying white fish in different ways, and so far these Cod Cakes are my favorite.  I adapted this recipe for quinoa salmon cakes, but I substituted freshly sautéed cod for the canned salmon.  The use of quinoa makes them gluten-free, and since they are just pan fried they are lower in fat than a deep fried fish dinner. One bite and I am completely transported to a summer breeze on Cape Cod… (more…)

Snack and a Movie: Barefoot Contessa with Barefoot Contessa

Barefoot Contessa truffle popcorn with the Bogart Ava Gardner classic film

Sometimes, on a rainy day, popcorn and a movie classic are just what’s needed to make you feel like a Starlet.  So I glammed up my popcorn with some truffle butter using this Ina Garten recipe from her Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, and watched a Humphrey Bogart/Ava Gardner Classic, Barefoot Contessa. Staring at the gorgeous Ava Gardner and her movie star outfits while eating truffled popcorn is the best way to shake rainy day blues… (more…)

Retro Recipe Redo: Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Marshmallowless Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

As a young Starlet-in-training, few things got me as excited as Rice Krispie Treats.  They are the ultimate kid friendly snack, and the perfect dessert to bring to summer parties because they are easy to make, easy to transport, and they can hold up in any weather.   My mother always made hers with peanut butter in the mix.  It really gave them some added flavor.  (more…)

How to Keep a Bombshell Figure While Traveling

You work hard for your Bombshell figureYou eat right (with the exception of occasional treats), and you work out… so don’t let that all go to waste on vacation or while traveling.  I’m not suggesting that you deprive yourself… that is definitely not the Starlet way.  I’m suggestion that you indulge smartly while you are away from home.  There are some tips…

Only eat out once a day.  This can be tricky depending on where you are going but I aim for saving my indulgences for dinner (with the exception of a really great breakfast diner).  First, I always try to get a hotel room with a fridge.  That way I can go to the nearest grocery store and get some basics.

For Breakfast, I bought a new travel blender for making my morning green smoothies.  I just pick up some almond milk when I arrive…

Green Smoothie Travel blender with almond milk Green Smoothie

Or for a breakfast or snack, I make some homemade granola (also with almond milk).  I got this recipe from Deliciously Ella (more…)

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