Book Monday: From the Kitchen to the Heart by Vicky Veloso-Barrera

Posted: December 19, 2011 in Book Monday
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Combine love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control and what do you get? The Fruit of the Spirit!

How about if you combine fruits with butter, sugar and flour? Fruity cookies!

Put on your apron and be ready to have fun with your kids in the kitchen. With stories, recipes, illustrated instructions and interesting pieces of trivia, this one-of-a-kind cookbook will bring endless fun in the kitchen and timeless lessons for life.



  • Contains easy to follow recipes (with illustrated instructions) that kids will definitely enjoy doing.
  • Informative; contains interesting trivia on well-loved foods
  • A great tool for parents to bond with their kids and at the same time, teach them about
  • biblical truths
  • Book is spring bound for easy use/display while cooking

About the author:

Vicky Veloso-Barrera is a prolific author and celebrated food expert. She has written
short stories for children and cookbooks, too. You can find her advice, recipes and
columns in many food magazines. She has been teaching kids how to cook, through
her home-based school Tiny Kitchen, for more than a decade now.
Here’s a sample of one of the recipes featured in the book


Chocolate Chip Banana Cake


1/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 large bananas mashed

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar. Add the two eggs, one at a time. Mix in milk, baking powder, flour, salt, bananas and chocolate chips.

2. Pour into a 9-inch round baking pan that has been greased and floured. Bake at 350 F for about 30-40 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean and the cake should begin separating from the edge of the pan. Let it cool completely.

3. Top with buttercream icing and colored candies.

Tip: When using bananas for cakes, the riper they are, the better.

Butter Cream Icing


2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1/2 cup shortening or butter (softened)

3-4 tbsp. water

Food coloring

1. Beat all ingredients together well.

2. Add a little more water if mixture seems too stiff. Tint the icing with food coloring

3. You may simply spread the icing over the cake and top with assorted sprinkles or colored candies, or place the icing in disposable icing bags fitted with decorative tips. Use to make decorations on the cake.


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