On Thursday, February 25th, my husband and I woke up at 3 am to get ready for our 6 am flight from CVG to Miami. I had won an all-expenses paid, trip for two to attend the 2016 South Beach Wine and Food Festival (#SOBEWFF).

The flight was about 2.5 hours.


We were met at the airport by our driver who took us to the Delano Hotel.






We spent the first day in South Beach looking for “dives” and enjoying the beach.





Our second day marked the first event, the “Burger Bash.”



The next day we went to the “Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village”


Followed by “Meatopia.”


Then finally the “Sweet 15: A Dessert Party.”

I am glad that I experienced the SOBEWFF. Thank you, Food Network and Time Warner Cable!

(Photos by MT Trascritti)

Copyright © 2016 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Apple “dump” cake

I saw this recipe online ( and decided to make it today, especially since I had all the ingredients.

I realized, though, that I only had five apples— I needed 7, so I substituted fresh peaches. I kept the peel on some of the apples then thinly sliced the apples and peaches.

001I layered the fruit on the bottom of the glass 9×13 pan, but forgot to spray it first. After the fruit was distributed evenly at the bottom of the pan, I sprinkled cinnamon over it.


Then I poured the yellow cake mix over the fruit. The recipe called for one stick of melted butter, but instead I used unsweetened apple sauce— about ¾ of the 23 oz jar.


I wasn’t sure how it would turn out since I hadn’t sprayed the bottom of the pan, and because I used apple sauce and peaches.

I baked it for one hour at 325 degrees. When the timer went off, I noticed that there was still dry cake mix on it so I spread the apple sauce over the dry mix and placed the pan back into the over for another 15 minutes.

I was surprised to see how the cake looked—it had a golden color and the apples were bubbling.




I didn’t wait for the cake to cool—I scooped some out and then topped it with low fat chocolate ice cream.


Great recipe!

“…people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deu 8:3, NLT).


Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Banana Pudding (from scratch)

I thought I would share my latest cooking experience.

One of my favorite desserts is Banana Pudding. I wanted to make some so I looked online and found a recipe. I wanted to see if I can make it with less fat so I changed some of the ingredients. For example, I used “egg substitute” rather than whole eggs, skim milk instead of “regular” milk, and reduced fat vanilla wafers. Other changes– using granulated light brown sugar to replace white sugar, and soy flour instead of cornstarch.

The instructions said that the sugar and eggs should be “beaten” so I used a mixer, initially on the “low” setting and later on “high,” to combine the sugar and egg substitute. I followed the other instructions, stirring the ingredients over medium heat with a whisk until the mixture thickened.

I lined my bowl with the wafers and banana slices then poured some of the pudding over it. I layered the wafers, bananas, and pudding three times and then I refrigerated it.

ImageMy husband said that it didn’t taste like a typical banana pudding, but he liked it. He described the dessert as a “custard, cake-like, banana thing.” I liked it too, but I thought it was a little sweet. I think next time I will reduce the sugar to ¾ cup and I will make a double batch so that I can have thicker layers.


“…we can’t win God’s approval by what we eat. We don’t lose anything if we don’t eat it, and we don’t gain anything if we do” (1 Corinthians 8:8, NLT).

Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Flourless Cake

I thought I would post something different today.

I enjoy cooking but I don’t always seem to have the time to cook. Today, I decided to bake a cake from scratch. Since we are watching our carb intake, I searched online for a “flourless” cake recipe and found one on a flour company website. My first thought was, “What? Why does this flour company have a recipe for a flourless cake?” Seemed odd, but it had good reviews so I gave it a try.

I glanced through the directions and decided to change a few things. For example, the recipe called for “bittersweet chocolate,” “3 large eggs,” “unsalted butter,” and optional “vanilla extract” and “espresso powder.”  I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, egg whites from a carton, salted butter, imitation almond extract, and an instant Mocha mix.

The instructions also said that I had to “briefly” blend the batter and “mix just to combine.” I noticed that the mixture was lumpy from the unsweetened cocoa powder that I used so I grabbed my hand mixer and beat the batter on the “high” setting for several minutes. The batter became fluffy.

I poured the mixture into the prepared pan and baked it for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. When the cake was finished baking, it was moist and it had the consistency of “regular cake.” My family loved it. I am so happy that I found this recipe.

ImageImage“…Eat your food with joy…” (Ecc 9:7, NLT), “…whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31, NIV).


Copyright © 2014 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

Be Our Guest

I have noticed one thing, at least, that is good. It is good for people to eat, drink, and enjoy their work under the sun during the short life God has given them, and to accept their lot in life. And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God” (Ecc 5:18-19).

I think one of my favorite Disney movies was Beauty and the Beast so when we decided to go to Disney World to run the 5K, I wanted to visit the Be Our Guest restaurant. I tried to make dinner reservations but there were none available. The great thing about this restaurant is that you don’t need a reservation to eat lunch there so that’s what we did.


The line was long, but it was worth the wait– I felt like I was in the Beast’s castle, eating lunch in his ballroom. What a wonderful experience.

Then today I came across the passages from Ecclesiastes 5. God has truly blessed us with good health and the means to enjoy life. When I think of all the things He has given me, I am filled with awe. Never in a million years would I have thought that my life would be so blessed. Thank You, God, for my wonderful husband; thank You for my children and grandchildren; and thank You for the life You have given me.

The Temple of God

My husband and I have been trying to watch what we eat—eating more fresh vegetables and fruits, and refraining from eating red meat, fatty foods, and fried foods. I never realized that eating fresh vegetables can be so satisfying!


In the past year or so I have lost about 30 pounds. I want to take care of my body. I think what drives me to do this is 1 Corinthians 6:19— “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?”

Not only am I watching what I eat, but I am trying to exercise regularly—not because it’s the “in thing” to do, but because I don’t want to have health problems in the future. A couple years ago, my blood test showed that I was on the verge of getting high cholesterol, but my levels are normal now.

Healthy eating reminds me of Daniel 1:12 &15, “’Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,’ Daniel said…. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.”

How are you taking care of God’s temple?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti

Day Two of being meatless

I am really trying to remain meatless. My stomach can’t handle meat anymore so it makes sense to stop eating it. Today I contacted a few people to get rid of the turkeys we have in the freezer. I had planned on roasting one for Christmas, but now I guess we will have to eat something else. I love the taste of roast turkey and I will miss eating it this year. I am a little sad about that.

I ate leftovers today. It was alright but I noticed that I got hungry faster. I ate at lunch time but started to get hungry at 2 or 3:00 pm. I ate an apple. A couple hours after that I wanted to eat more. I hope I’m not eating too much. I can’t seem to gauge the right amount of food to eat now that I’m eating nothing but vegetables. I hope I figure it out soon.

First day of being meatless

A few months ago I stopped eating meats, but after 23 days I started to feel drained. I thought it was because I didn’t have enough protein so I started to eat meat again. The whole time I was off meat I didn’t have any stomach problems, but after eating meats I had to start taking my medications again.

Yesterday, after watching “Forks Over Knives” (, I decided to go meatless again. Last night, after eating a dinner of nothing but rice and great tasting vegetables, I was able to sleep without taking any medication. It was great to sleep without any issues.