When we first held our daughter in our arms, my husband and I became a family. She looked just like the Gerber baby – chubby and the picture of health – and we were walking on air. Six days later we fell, and fell hard. We received a phone call from the Inherited Metabolic Disease Clinic at Westchester Medical Center. Her newborn screening tests had indicated that there was a problem, and we needed to come in right away. It was a Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend, but someone, we were told, would be waiting for us – never a good sign. We were told that our baby had phenylketonuria (PKU), a rare genetic metabolic disorder, and that she would need to be on a medically restricted diet for life – or she would suffer brain damage. Our world came crashing down. Our daughter’s neurological integrity was at risk and what she ate (or did not eat) would greatly determine her future. Like all parents of newly-diagnosed infants with PKU, I struggled to figure out what to feed my daughter. I was taught how to carefully measure and calculate her phenylalanine intake on a daily basis. What no one taught me was how to cook for her. Books, articles and professionals all recommended introducing low protein foods early so a child could develop a taste for them – but did this mean she was condemned to eat foods that I would not find palatable? I looked into my baby’s eyes and promised her that PKU was not going to get in the way of her enjoyment of food. I soon realized that this promise meant that I had to take on a job I never expected (and, honestly, one for which I was not qualified): personal chef. In the beginning, I had nothing to show for hours worth of labor except for a kitchen that was in a constant state of disaster. I had no room to put another pot on the counter, a child screaming from hunger and nothing for dinner. I cannot begin to tell you how many times my husband came home from work to find me sitting on the kitchen floor in tears. He would quietly do the dishes, put our daughter to bed and pour me a glass of wine (definitely a keeper). I bought every kitchen gadget ever known to man (after all, you never know when a two year-old might need a pizelle or a pierogi). If the television was on and it was not Sesame Street, it was a cooking show. Cookbooks and culinary magazines were my version of light reading. I became fascinated with the science behind baking. I thought if I could understand the “how” and “why,” it would help me in adapting recipes to suit the low-protein diet. After years of fiddling, hundreds of attempts and thousands of tears of frustration, I finally started to experience success. While pleased with the progress that I made, I knew it could go further. I recognized that I needed the expertise of others. I enrolled in the Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, one of the only vegetarian-based culinary schools in the United States. Our final ‘graduation’ project was a Friday Night Dinner, where the school converted into a restaurant that seated about one hundred people for dinner. We prepared a four-course gourmet vegetarian meal, and I adapted it for the PKU diet. As I stood in front of all of the diners and saw my daughter’s smile, I realized I could finally get up from that long, hard fall caused by a few drops of blood on a sheet of paper and a dreaded phone call. I had gained the skills and confidence I needed. I had let go of the resentment that I had at always being stuck in the kitchen, and re-established the love of cooking I once had. But most importantly, I honored my promise to my baby girl. It only made sense to find a way to share what I have learned and help an underserved population experience the joy of food – a joy that most are able to take for granted. My list of recipes have expanded with my waistline, but it was always my hope to create a space where this incredible low protein community could share their recipes was well. Thanks to our merger with PKU News, the technology behind How Much Phe, we were able to join forces to create this new site. The organization is called Cook for Love, because whether a parent of a child with PKU, a young woman struggling to get back on diet so she can have a healthy baby, a grandparent, an aunt, uncle, boyfriend, girlfriend or friend, that is what you must do.


Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Once Fall rolls around, it is time to go apple picking. Part of that tradition is getting your hot apple cider and a warm apple cider donut. No need to skip out on that part now!...

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Alright, alright… I heard all of you loud and clear. You want apple pie, not apple cake for Thanksgiving. I have been playing with a low protein pie dough recipe for many years...

Apple Sage Stuffing

Apple Sage Stuffing

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is Molly's favorite dish and I can see why. The sweet yet tart flavor of the cranberries and apples combined with the savory onions and celery make for a delicious side dish....

Asian Flavored Grilled Vegetables

Asian Flavored Grilled Vegetables

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

We have grilled vegetables at least twice a week when the summer rolls around and it is too hot to think about turning on an oven. This is one of our favorite marinades and was...

Bagels

Bagels

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Living in New York, I knew I needed to come up with a delicious, authentic low protein bagel. This is our Sunday morning breakfast. The malted barley in the dough and in the boiling...

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is a delicious moist quickbread that everyone will love. Eat it warm out of the oven, or if there are any leftovers toast for breakfast the next morning. You can slice the...

Biscotti

Biscotti

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Biscotti are Italian cookies that are baked twice – the first baking cooks the dough, while the second one makes the cookie crisp and dry, perfect for dunking. They traditionally...

Blondies

Blondies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is dedicated to Liam, who felt that my brownies were delicious but needed a little more color (being called one of my toughest food critics has gone to his head a bit)....

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These delicious muffins are better than any bakery. You can keep them simple and just make the muffin or get super fancy and add the crumble and glaze. Change them up and make...

Boston Faked Beans

Boston Faked Beans

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

So Molly has always said “I wish I could have beans.” How much does it break your heart when your child is requesting an atypical and in a different world very healthy food,...

Braised Brisket

Braised Brisket

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is for Ethan and his mom Carrie. Happy Passover! It is a sliceable briskphet that gives you a real “meat” and potatoes meal. The briskphet pattie can be frozen...

Braised Smashed Potatoes and Celeraic Root

Braised Smashed Potatoes and Celeraic Root

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is adapted from Myra Kornfeld’s Healthy Hedonist and is one of my favorite fall/winter side dishes. The celery root is delicious and the browning of the vegetables...

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is comfort food at its best. We like the little florets in the smooth soup, but if you prefer a completely pureed soup then don’t be fussy about breaking the florets into...

Brownies

Brownies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Out of all the recipes that I have adapted, brownies have been the most difficult. It has taken me over 7 years to get the right flavor and consistency and still be an acceptable...

Buffalo Things

Buffalo Things

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner and that means appetizers galore. These spicy delicious bites of yumminess are wonderful. Molly has declared them her new favorite food...

Burger and Hot Dog Buns

Burger and Hot Dog Buns

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

We have been getting a lot of requests for the recipe for the bun pictured in our veggie burger recipe, so here it goes. It is simply the sandwich bread recipe made into a different...

Butter Sage Sauce

Butter Sage Sauce

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

When you brown butter, you are evaporating the water in it and caramelizing the milk solids. This creates a nutty aroma, super-buttery flavor and a super easy sauce. You can change...

Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream Frosting

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is from the Riviera Bakery – my favorite bakery in the world. This recipe is not overly sweet and has a silky-smooth finish to your cake. I tried making an all butter...

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

There is nothing in the world like fresh ravioli . Let me preface this recipe by saying it is not for the faint hearted. This is a few hour process, but the results are outstanding....

Butternut Squash Stew

Butternut Squash Stew

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is one of Molly and my favorite dishes. The potatoes make this a heartier meal, but feel free to leave them out to lower the phe. To make this a family meal, remove a portion...

Butternut Squash with Carmelized Apples

Butternut Squash with Carmelized Apples

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

One year the kids were sick on Thanksgiving so it was just going to be just the four of us at home. Wanting to simplify life a little, I decided I was just going to make only two...

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

So you can’t have parmesan cheese, anchovies or eggs – the three basic ingredients that give Caesar Salad it’s classic taste. My philosophy is if I cannot adapt something...

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Carrot Cake is a tradition in our house for Easter and a tie for Strawberry Shortcake for my Mom’s favorite birthday cake. I knew I had to get the recipe just right or my Mom...

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

If there is any dessert more American than a chocolate chip cookie? A warm cookie and a glass of ice cold rice milk is a great way to welcome someone home from a long day at school....

Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This delicious glaze is an elegant covering for pretty much any cake or cupcake. When you dip a cupcake into the warm icing or pour over a cake, it will set and have thin, rich...

Chocolate Ice Cream

Chocolate Ice Cream

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

The combination of heavy cream, rice milk and coconut drink makes a rich and delicious ice cream without having a distinct coconut or rice milk flavor. The small amount of alcohol...

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is dedicated to Emily, who was bummed out when her brother got a chocolate muffin that she could not have. Moist, dense and chocolatey -- breakfast or dessert -- it...

COFFEE CAKE

COFFEE CAKE

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

A simple coffee cake is such a lovely treat on a Sunday. This super rich cake with its crumbly top and cinnamon swirl center will be a favorite at any brunch table. It freezes...

Cole Slaw

Cole Slaw

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Creamy coleslaw is delicious on its own and one of my favorite toppings on a veggie burger. This simple side dish is easy to make and using the prepackaged mix makes it even simpler....

Cook for Love Baking Mix

Cook for Love Baking Mix

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This basic dry mix is the base or “flour” for a variety of baked goods. The cake flour adds a nice textures to cakes and muffins and the xanthan gum makes low protein baked...

Cook for Love French Toast

Cook for Love French Toast

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

French toast is my all time favorite breakfast. When I was a child I went through a stage of eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a month (sorry mom). It is now one of...

Cook for Love Multipurpose Dough Base

Cook for Love Multipurpose Dough Base

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

For those of you not on Cook for Love's facebook page, I needed to share this tip with you. CFL's bread dough keeps in the fridge in a lightly oiled ziploc bag for up to a week....

Cook for Love Pancake and Waffle Mix

Cook for Love Pancake and Waffle Mix

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Nothing says weekend like pancakes or waffles for breakfast. When this mix is in the fridge, it’s such a snap, you might be tempted to break the rules and make them during the...

Cook for Love Pancakes

Cook for Love Pancakes

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Pancakes -- yum! The ultimate comfort food. I must confess when things are crazy in our house or someone has had a bad day, we reach for Brunner - breakfast for dinner. This is...

Cook for Love Pizza Dough

Cook for Love Pizza Dough

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Friday night is Movie Night in our house, which involves making your own pizza. It is a fun tradition that the kids (and their friends) love. Using this recipe, you can make a...

Cook for Love Waffles

Cook for Love Waffles

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Typically we are making high and low protein waffles at the same time. I whip up 2 egg whites, and add 5gm to the low mix and the rest to the high. Both of the yolks go into the...

Cook for Love's Fresh Pasta

Cook for Love's Fresh Pasta

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is a versatile recipe that you can use to make lasagna sheets, ravioli, pierogi, tortellini, manicotti or just plain spaghetti or linguini. You can change it up by replacing...

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This tangy sauce is one of my husband's favorite dishes on Thanksgiving. It is so easy to make and is much better than a can of cranberry sauce. We love it with our stuffing and...

Cream of Veggie Soup

Cream of Veggie Soup

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Once that cool air comes rolling in, I start craving soup. This is a delicious, rich and creamy soup that everyone will love. I prefer a smooth soup, Molly likes to see her veggies....

Crepes

Crepes

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These delicious crepes can be filled with endless combinations. Add sliced fruits, such as berries, peaches, sauted apples, etc. to the center and roll the sides up and over the...

Crunchy Granola Bar

Crunchy Granola Bar

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Molly has been after me for quite some time to come up with a crunchy granola bar. I have fiddled in the past but never had anything I was happy with until recently. These simple...

Drunken Noodles

Drunken Noodles

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

So my kids always get a kick out of me making this meal. There is a lot of snickering and always a wise-ass comment about my wine consumption and that based on the name it is no...

Eggcellent Breakfast Mix

Eggcellent Breakfast Mix

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Molly wanted a low protein egg that was savory. I tried to figure out what I could make and realized that if I fiddled with a crepe type recipe and used tumeric for coloring I...

English Muffins

English Muffins

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

A toasted English muffin is one of my favorite breakfast treats. The crispy toasted bits with butter oozing from all of the nooks and crannies make them just delicious. You will...

Fancy Jam Dots

Fancy Jam Dots

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is a variation of the spritz cookie dough. Using a cookie press, you can have beautiful jam cookies that would put most bakeries to shame. No cookie press, you can use a pastry...

Flaky Pie Recipe

Flaky Pie Recipe

Brenda Winiarski

Confession time -- this recipe is a failed puff pastry attempt. It is super sturdy, super flaky, super delicious but the darn thing will not poof. (Not to worry, still working...

German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe has been a Thanksgiving tradition with my family for more years than I care to admit. I knew it was one that had to be adapted. With a food processor, it is literally...

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This gingerbread cookie recipe is perfect for making a low protein gingerbread house and gingerbread men. It is nice and stable, so little hands can decorate without worrying about...

Gingered Sugar Cookies

Gingered Sugar Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

When I saw these cookies in Cook’s Illustrated, I knew I wanted to adapt them. Both of my kids are big fans of ginger/spice baked goods, so I had a feeling they would be a hit...

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Boiled carrots are not something I enjoy. Roast them or glaze them and I am amazed how they are transformed. Even Jack, who is not a fan of many veggies, devours these. Sweet and...

Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These are Molly’s birthday morning breakfast choice every year. They are a nice treat with a warm apple cider on a chilly Fall day. They are simple to put together but in the...

Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Aside from just being a simple and delicious treat, graham crackers are a necessity for S’Mores, a fancy yogurt parfait, and even more importantly a graham cracker crust for...

Grilled Vegetables with Basil Oil

Grilled Vegetables with Basil Oil

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

We have grilled vegetables at least twice a week when the summer rolls around and it is too hot to think about turning on an oven. This is one of our favorite marinades and was...

Hand Held Apple Pie

Hand Held Apple Pie

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These delightful little treats store beautifully in the freezer (uncooked). Bake when you want a special dessert. Top with non-dairy vanilla ice cream or whipped cream if you really...

Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Mix

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is a rich hot chocolate mix that the entire family loves. We love it with the So Delicious Coconut Beverage, but any non-dairy milk will work. We make little containers of...

Irish Stew

Irish Stew

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner and there are certain things that are mandatory to celebrate, stew is one of them. This is a wonderful hearty meal when it is cold...

Jeez Its

Jeez Its

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This divine little cracker is for Anna because no one should have to eat only 5 Cheese Its. These delicious crackers pack a little heat to them, so if you are making them for the...

Jicama Slaw

Jicama Slaw

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

If you have never had jicama, go to the store now and get some. It is crispy and delicious – perfect for a low fat slaw (yes, adults out there, I am listening). Where is it and...

John's Apple Muffins

John's Apple Muffins

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is dedicated to John. After apple picking with his class, they decided to make muffins. His mom (who is a wonderful person and one of my favorite people) needed a recipe...

Katie's Chocolate Cupcakes

Katie's Chocolate Cupcakes

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is long overdue to both Katie and her wonderful parents, who have been so supportive of Cook for Love. The cupcakes are super moist, very chocolatey, and egg-free so...

KFC- Kentucky Fried Cauliflower

KFC- Kentucky Fried Cauliflower

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is a quick and simple recipe that looks a bit like popcorn chicken. We make it almost every week. Because it is a favorite, we keep a Mason Jar full of the seasoned starch...

Lasagna

Lasagna

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is quite possibly my daughter’s favorite meal. It is very time consuming to make but you can take a short cut by substituting the home-made pasta with either ready made...

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

There is a German Bakery that has the most delicious linzer cookies. I was determined to make low protein linzer cookies that tasted as good. While traditionally made with ground...

Macaroni and Cheese Sauce

Macaroni and Cheese Sauce

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

The ideal comfort food. This creamy sauce makes a rich low protein dish that will appeal to child and adult alike. You can up the comfort food factor by topping with toasted bread...

Make-ahead Biscuits

Make-ahead Biscuits

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Rich and delicious, and most importantly a cinch to make, these biscuits complete a home-cooked meal. These biscuits do not need to be baked at the same time, but rather bake as...

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

The addition of heavy cream makes a rich mashed potato for everyone to enjoy. If the phe is too high, rice milk alone is still delicious. For smooth mashed potatoes, a food mill...

Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is for my pal Ethan. It took awhile to get a nice soft light matzo and they are more tempermental than I would like, but those that worked are AMAZING! Expect to lose...

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This rice goes great with tacos and burritos and the mushroom fajita recipe. It is also a nice side dish any night of the week. It is a great way to fill up without adding too...

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is a hearty soup that if served with homemade breadsticks can make a nice dinner on its own. We tend to add a can of cannellini beans to the high protein portion, but the...

Mint Oreo Ice Cream

Mint Oreo Ice Cream

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Is there anything more refreshing than Mint Oreo or Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream on a hot day? Serve this over a brownie and it is heaven! You can easily replace the Kinnitoos...

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Oh my… these are tasty muffins. Since they are jam packed with fruit and veggies, I can pretend they are super healthy. If it is zucchini season, feel free to throw some in....

Mushroom Bolognese

Mushroom Bolognese

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This simple sauce is such a great midweek comfort meal for the whole family to enjoy. Just put on two pots of water for the high and low protein pasta. I recommend Aproten spaghetti,...

Mushroom Fajitas

Mushroom Fajitas

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe needed very little adapting to make it suitable for the low protein diet. It is from the Passionate Vegetarian, one of my favorite cookbooks. The vegetables are moderately...

Mushroom Taco Filling

Mushroom Taco Filling

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Mexican food is my all time favorite. I think it is a great idea for the family to go vegetarian a few nights a week so that the same meal is enjoyed by everyone. If you plan on...

Not Dogs

Not Dogs

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

So about five years ago my sister took me to this amazing restaurant in NYC called Dirt Candy. Amanda Cohen, who attended the same culinary school I did, was the owner and never...

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These spicy cookies are not for the faint hearted. They have a lovely zip that is perfect in the Fall or Winter with a cup of tea. If you do not like ginger, these babies are not...

Onion Rings

Onion Rings

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Light and delicious, these onion rings are incredible. You could change up the spices and also make a tempura and fry whatever veggies you like. It is important to soak the onions...

Oven Baked Spicy Fries

Oven Baked Spicy Fries

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

French Fries are simply delicious, and all of us in our house eat way too many of them. These oven baked fries taste even better than the deep fried version and my waist line very...

Oven Roasted Glazed Brussel Sprouts

Oven Roasted Glazed Brussel Sprouts

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

I first tried this recipe in culinary school and it was the first time I liked brussel sprouts. Growing up we only had them boiled and they were not tasty. These delicious sweet...

Oven Roasted Portobellos

Oven Roasted Portobellos

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is my go to rich and delicious "special" meal for both Molly and myself. The gravy over mashed or smashed potatoes and celeriac root is such an amazing entree. Marinating...

Owen's Zucchini Bread

Owen's Zucchini Bread

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

It took me way too long to come up with a good zucchini bread. They kept coming out gummy and dense. In the end, they key was too squeeze out the liquids from the shredded zucchini....

Pasta Alfredo

Pasta Alfredo

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This could possibly be the simplest recipe on CFL's site, yet one of the most delicious. You can use this sauce for a nice pasta primavera as well (just add whatever veggies you...

Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This pasta salad is wonderful to bring to any Barbeque. There is enough dressing and vegetables for 1 pound of pasta, so figure out what portions you need of high and low protein...

Peach Crumble

Peach Crumble

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Oh my! An easy dessert that tastes delicious, and the crumb topping can be made in advance and stored in the freezer. Why yes, I am awesome. Feel free to change up the fruit based...

Penne a la Vodka Sauce

Penne a la Vodka Sauce

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

A quick and delicious midweek meal that the entire family enjoys is a luxury we do not often get. This sauce is so tasty and all you need to do is put on two pots of water –...

Phelafel

Phelafel

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Falafels are one of my favorite special treat lunches so I knew that I needed to figure out a way to make a chickpea-free little croquette for my little girl. They are delicious...

Pierogi

Pierogi

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Before I met my husband, I never even knew what a pierogi was. When I had one, well let’s just say it was love at first bite. These delicious little stuffed pasta pockets of...

Pita Bread

Pita Bread

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

CFL's multipurpose dough base keeps in the fridge in a lightly oiled ziploc bag for up to a week. This means you can pull out what you need (roughly .5 mg/gm) and make fresh rolls,...

Porridge

Porridge

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

When it is a chilly morning or when Molly is not feeling well, this is one of her favorite comfort foods. It is also very low in phe but high in calories so it is perfect when...

Potato Au Gratin

Potato Au Gratin

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Potato Au Gratin is quite possibly the best comfort food in the universe but for some unknown reason I always reserve it for the holidays or a special occasion. I was excited to...

Potato Cassava Latkes

Potato Cassava Latkes

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

With Hanukah coming up soon, I figured I better start playing with a latke recipe. Potato latkes traditionally have egg to help bind. That leaves us in a bind (get it bind - cause...

Potato Pizza

Potato Pizza

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

The potato pizza at Sullivan’s Bakery was the inspiration behind this recipe. The first time I had it I knew I needed to adapt it for my potato loving girl. It is amazing that...

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Potato Salad means Summer to Molly. We even make Potato Salad in a Pita or wrap with lots of lettuce, shredded carrots, thinly sliced radishes and red onions – it is delicious...

Pound Cake

Pound Cake

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is our new favorite cake recipe. Super rich but not that sweet. The lemon crunch topping is optional, but worth doing. This is a nice base for a bunch of different cakes....

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Boy did I get a lot of requests for pumpkin bread! Once I tasted this, I was happy that I was nudged to get working on it. This is a great and very easy quickbread that the entire...

Pumpkin Brownies

Pumpkin Brownies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These are super simple and super delicious treats once the cool weather starts to roll around. You can even do a brownie and pumpkin swirl if you are feeling adventurous -- just...

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

So everyone let us know that our Thanksgiving menu was missing a staple -- low protein pumpkin pie. It took a lot of fiddling to get the texture right on this one. The secret to...

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

Pumpkin Raisin Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

I was in a store when I saw pumpkin raisin cookies and thought it would be something Molly would like. I came home and started fiddling and I am glad I did. These soft and chewy...

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

When Starbucks started offering coconut milk and Molly started ordering a decaf pumpkin spice coconut latte, I knew she needed a treat to go with it. The uncooked scones freeze...

Quiche Me

Quiche Me

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These individual quiches are perfect for a brunch. With potatoes, onions, butter, cheese and morning star breakfast strips, you know the taste is going to be outrageous. Morning...

Quick Cinnamon Buns

Quick Cinnamon Buns

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

If I need to bribe my kids, cinnamon buns are the way to go. Who does not love the heavenly smell and taste of cinnamon? These really are easy to make and the dough freezes well,...

Roasted Portobello in Red Wine Sauce

Roasted Portobello in Red Wine Sauce

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

As a vegetarian for over 20 years, portobellos are one of my favorite "go to" vegetables for an entree. They absorb flavors like a sponge. Marinating the mushrooms for a few hours...

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

If you have not tried them yet, I urge you to make roasted vegetables. The carmelized vegetables take on such a different taste. They are as beautiful as they are flavorful. Make...

Roll-Out Sugar Cookies

Roll-Out Sugar Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These basic roll out sugar cookies are always a hit. We make them at all of the holidays and have them for classroom celebrations. I have had a blind taste with this cookie up...

Royal Icing

Royal Icing

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

To get that nice glossy icing on a cookie that hardens without egg whites was not as hard as I expected. You can make this icing a little thicker or thinner by adding more or less...

Sandwich Bread

Sandwich Bread

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Could my quest finally be over? Have I figured out how to make a delicious low protein bread that everyone in the family will enjoy? I know it is not polite to toot my own horn,...

Savory Noodle Kugel

Savory Noodle Kugel

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Ethan, my savory loving friend, this one is for you. This simple recipe will be a welcome addition to your Hanukkah table and is the epitome of comfort food. Feel free to add...

Scones/Irish Soda Bread

Scones/Irish Soda Bread

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

In my family, scones have been a tradition passed down from one generation to the next. For me, there is nothing more of a comfort food than a scone and a hot mug of tea. It is...

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This mushroom stew blanketed under a mashed potato top is a hearty meal that should not just be made on St. Patrick’s day. It is one of Molly’s favorites. I will often double...

Shortbread

Shortbread

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Shortbread is one of the simplest but most delicious cookies to have with a cup of tea. It was an absolute nuisance to adapt – the butter just eeked out of the dough, leaving...

Sloppy Janes

Sloppy Janes

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These delicious low protein Sloppy Joe's are perfect for dinner served with a side of oven roasted spicy fries. If you are making these for a young child or don't like spice, omit...

Snickerdoodle

Snickerdoodle

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

With their crisp exterior and soft chewy inside, it is no wonder that these are a favorite in our house. The leavening power of baking soda and cream of tartar causes the cookie...

Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These delicious salted knots of bread with a little spicy mustard are an essential part of going to a baseball game. There was no way Molly was not going to share that experience....

Sour Cream Frosting

Sour Cream Frosting

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This frosting has a slight tang to it and is a lovely substitute for cream cheese frosting. When you brown butter, you get a delicious slighty nutty flavor that is to die for....

Southwestern Portobello Burgers

Southwestern Portobello Burgers

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

BBQ season is here and these delicious burgers will make all of your carnivorous friends very jealous. These are my absolute favorite veggie burger in the world and are simple...

Spicy Pumpkin Cake

Spicy Pumpkin Cake

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Moist, sweet and spicy, this cake is a perfect welcome for the Fall. The fact that it is both low in phe and so easy to make gets me doing a little happy dance. It is the perfect...

Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

'Tis the season for loads of baking. The holiday party at school starts the madness that does not end before the New Year in our house. There are constant gatherings of family...

String Bean Casserole

String Bean Casserole

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

What is Thanksgiving without a string bean casserole? This one will put your Cambell Mushroom's Soup/Durkee onion one to shame. It can even be assembled ahead of time. Combine...

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These drop sugar cookies are a perfect tea time snack that everyone in the family will enjoy. Try the ginger sugar cookie variation for a special treat. Again, bake what you are...

Toasted Bread Crumbs

Toasted Bread Crumbs

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These are great to have on hand for coating any vegetable, for adding on top of a casserole, etc. They keep for a few months in a mason jar. I use the ends of my lp bread or a...

Tortilla Mix

Tortilla Mix

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is a super low mix that does not take long to make and the tortillas are soft and pliable. It is perfect for quesadillas, fajitas or taco night. You can make larger ones for...

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This recipe is from one of my favorite Cookbooks, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. You want to start with a flavorful stock and I rarely have time (or the inclination) to make...

Tortillas (Yeasted Dough)

Tortillas (Yeasted Dough)

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

If you keep the dough base on hand, these are easy to pull together. These tortillas freeze well so you can even prepare quesadillas using Daiya cheese (the havarti wedge with...

Upside Down Apple Pancake

Upside Down Apple Pancake

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

By calling this delicious concoction a pancake, I am essentially justifying cake for breakfast. A 5 inch oven skillet is ideal for this recipe; we use cast iron and it works perfectly...

Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

There are many low protein ice creams out there these days, but Molly and I are a bit fussy. The rice milk one is too rice milky and the coconut one a bit too coconutty (yes that...

Vegetable Pot Pie

Vegetable Pot Pie

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This is Molly's traditional Easter dinner and all time favorite meal. The sturdy pie pastry is a labor of love but so worth the effort. If you are having a crazy busy day and are...

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

There is a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change. Once the sweaters come out of the storage bins, my soup pots that were negelected for months start to get lots...

Veggie Balls

Veggie Balls

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These delicious veggie balls are great to have in the freezer. They are nicely spiced with a little kick, so if making for a toddler, cut the spices in half. We typically serve...

Veggie Burger #2

Veggie Burger #2

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

I have to confess, I was never 100% satisfied with my old veggie burger recipe. The texture just was not quite right. Then Konjac came into my life. This is the miracle ingredient...

Veggie Noodle Soup

Veggie Noodle Soup

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Veggie Noodle Soup is known as sick soup in our house. When Molly is feeling sick, I start dicing. This is a great soup to double and store some in the freezer (just leave out...

Veggie Nuggets

Veggie Nuggets

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

These nuggets are a staple in our house. While the recipe might seem daunting at first glance, keep in mind the effort you put in will provide you with a month’s supply of nuggets,...

Vegurkey Vegetable Patties

Vegurkey Vegetable Patties

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

While roasted portobellos is my favorite go to entrée for the holidays, it is not the most kid friendly recipe. This recipe is inspired by the British dish Bubbles and Squeeks....

Whiskey Cake

Whiskey Cake

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Growing up, whiskey cake was a favorite family dessert. I knew I had to figure out a way to make it so we could all enjoy it again. This ended up tasting better than the original,...

Whoopie Pie

Whoopie Pie

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Making whoopie in the kitchen, now that is adventurous! Hands down, my new all time favorite dessert. Fluffy marshmallow creme nestled between two chocolate cakes - what’s not...

Yeasted Donuts

Yeasted Donuts

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

Here is your yeasted Dunkin Donuts like (but much better) recipe. You can use this to make glazed donuts, jelly donuts, boston crème donuts (chocolate ganache or jar of chocolate...

Yellow Cake

Yellow Cake

Cook for Love | Brenda Winiarski

This cake is worth the effort. It took me over four years to get results that everyone in the family enjoys. I have even had requests at gatherings for the recipe - no one would...