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... snacks on the trail -

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Sometimes having everything neatly wrapped up all in one place can be a great thing... especially when you have a 50lb bag on your back or just a couple of unhappy campers... ... that's why we can't live without these... ... wonderful chewy energy packed homemade cherry-coconut-almond (with a hint of lime) trail mix bars. ... simple and fun to bake (especially with kids!)... ... they'll make sure you and your band of merry explorers will never have to turn back early. Chewy Cherry-Coconut-Almond Trail Mix Bars: 2 Cups Rolled Oats 1/2 Cup Flour 1 Tsp. 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 1/3 Cup Melted Butter 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup 1 Cup Sliced Almonds 1 Cup Dried Cherries 1/2 Cup Coconut Flakes plus some for topping (Sweetened or Non-Sweetened) A Dash of Lime Zest. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Drizzle the butter/syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and toss with a fork until well incorporated. Bake at 325 for 10 to 15min or until golden brown. Let cool completely and cut into rectangles. Happy Trekking!

I'm Just Mad About Peach-and-Plum Saffron Almond Cake Hey there, Monday. Back so soon? I've got so many stories I'm dying to tell you. Like about this hysterically good dinner I had at the Fatty Crab on the UWS on Friday night. Awesome weekend, for sure, but I am SO tired. You start with peaches and sugar plums. These you'll grab and slice thickly (no baby slices allowed), and arrange all haphazardly into an absolutely heavenly batter. Picture a moist cake with ground almonds, a big shower of lemon zest, and (this is where it gets good)...saffron. Don't forget to wake up the saffron by simmering it in a little saucer of milk first. It will come out of the oven all sunshine yellow with fruit studding the cake like circle of stained glass. I was so in love with this cake by the time it came out of my oven that I practically kept it in my lap while it cooled, leaning down every few minutes just to inhale. I can't wait until you try this. *****Did you enjoy this post?

Make Your Own Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo … Why spend a lot of money this summer on condiments from the grocery store that are, in most cases, loaded with corn syrup, artificial flavors, and preservatives? It’s easy to make your own ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and more right at home with ingredients you probably already have. Here are a few simple recipes for these favorite summer cookout staples: Homemade Ketchup Ingredients: 1 (28-oz) can whole tomatoes in purée 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt Directions: Blend tomatoes and purée from the can in a blender until smooth. Homemade Mustard Ingredients: 1/2 cup dry mustard 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/2 cup water 2 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 3 teaspoons cornstarch Directions: Dissolve mustard in vinegar. Directions: In a small bowl, beat together egg yolks, salt, mustard, sugar, pepper, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, until very thick and pale yellow.

Nutella Cinnamon Rolls May 10, 2011 | Print | E-mail | Filed under bread, nutella There are some days that I just lose my appetite. It might be because of my mood, or that nothing sounds good, or that I’m in a food rut again and need to spice things up a bit. When my appetite comes back though, what I’m inevitably craving is some sort of comfort food. Yesterday happened to be one of those days, and by the end of the day all I could think about was a warm cinnamon roll fresh from the oven. Fortunately, over the weekend I whipped up a batch of my go-to recipe…only this time, I halved the recipe so that I’d only get 3 pans of rolls instead of 6. 2 cups whole milk1/2 cup vegetable oil1/2 cup sugar2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast5 1/2 cups flour, divided1/2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt1 stick butter1/2 cup nutellaCinnamon For the glaze (for three 8″ pans of rolls): 3 cups powdered sugar6 Tbsp milk In a large pot, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, and sugar. Spray three 8? Leave a Reply

Pastry Affair - Home The yummiest French toast recipe… and it’s vegan! Animal-friendly French toast with maple syrup One of my favorite breakfast foods is French toast. Traditionally made by dipping slices of thick bread into a beaten egg and dairy mixture to coat, then frying the bread in a pan or griddle slathered in butter or oil, French toast is one of those dishes that you don’t have to “give up” when choosing to eat a meatless or vegetarian diet. In fact, even those following a strict plant-based or vegan diet can devour an awesome plate of French toast that is… dare I say… even better than the dairy/egg version. I make this claim because *I* think the recipe below is awesome and my meat-eating hubby called this recipe “the best French toast” he’s ever tasted. Do you have a favorite plant-based French toast recipe? The Yummiest French Toast !

5 Ingredient Guinness Quick Bread Here is a quick and easy recipe for Guinness bread, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year. This is a great beer bread to go with your corn beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie tonight. You can substitute all purpose flour in this recipe too, but make sure to add 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/8 teaspoon salt for every cup of flour used. Make sure to also check the date on your self rising flour. 5 Ingredient Guinness Quick Bread Ingredients 3 cups self rising flour 1 cup brown sugar, not packed a pinch of salt 1 – 11.2 oz Bottle of Guinness Butter Method 1. 2.

Red Velvet Crêpes I rolled my eyes at the red velvet cake trend, but now I can’t get enough. I’ll make any excuse to have ‘cake’ for breakfast– here’s my take on a classic. Red Velvet Crepes (Makes about 24, 8″ crepes) Ingredients: – 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour - 1 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon baking soda - 1/4 teaspoon salt - 3 tablespoons sugar - 2 cups butter milk - 1 1/4 cup whole or lowfat milk - 1 large egg - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted - 1 tablespoon red food color gel - 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted + 2 tablespoons cooking oil (for pan) *Update: Because the buttermilk lends to the acidity of this batter, do not substitute the baking soda for extra baking powder. Mascarpone Cream Filling- 500 mL heavy cream - 300 gr mascarpone cheese - 1/2 cup icing sugar - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - zest of 1 orange (optional, but adds nice tang) + 1/2 cup raspberry jam (optional, for filling crepes) Directions: For the Mascarpone Filling:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Chocolate French Toast with Panera Bread I'm back (already?!) with another post for Panera Bread! I know, two posts in one day - try not to faint. Whenever I'm out and about I like to stop by Panera Bread for a couple of artisan loaves; usually the Asiago Cheese and Three Seed Sour Dough. What could be better than Chocolate French Toast? Before I close, I'd like to take a moment to point you in the direction of some great resources. Me? Find more about Panera Bread on Facebook and Twitter. Chocolate French Toast Serves 4-6 [click to print] 10 slices Panera Bread Country Miche 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup hot water 5 large eggs 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 cup milk 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp salt 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chopped, or semisweet chocolate chips Prepared butter flavored pancake syrup In a small bowl, dissolve cocoa powder in hot water. In shallow pan (such as a 1 1/4 quart baking dish) whisk together eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla and salt.

Step-by-Step: Amazing Spiced Chai Concentrate – Tasty Kitchen Blog Warm spices, strong tea and steamed milk swirling around in my tummy make chai lattes a favorite during the winter months. It warms me from the inside out in a way that puts coffee and tea to shame. Unfortunately, the chai concentrate from certain coffee chains is too sweet. But there is something better. It never occurred to me to make my own chai. (Certainly it must be too hard.) Here are the ingredients you’ll need: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, star anise, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg, orange zest, tea bags, brown sugar, honey, and vanilla. Start by bringing 4 1/2 cups water to the boil on the stove. Then you need some orange zest. The recipe says to use a piece of ginger. Once the water has come to a boil, remove the pot from the heat and add the tea bags. Then add your cinnamon sticks (we only add two—it just looks like we’re using four because we broke them in half). Then add your star anise and seven cardamom pods. Now you are left with delicious, homemade chai concentrate. Description

peanut butter sandwich bread Say hello to snack time. This peanut butter bread is almost like eating a gigantic peanut butter cookie, but with the texture of bread and a little less sweet. That’s right: this ain’t just a boring ol’ piece of peanut butter toast. It’s a piece of peanut-butter-peanut-butter-toast. Not for the faint of heart. This peanut butter bread is a quick bread (review reasons on why you should bake quick bread here), meaning there’s no yeast involved, so I don’t want to hear about anyone too scared to try it. Have I convinced you yet? Or do I need to tell you, yet again, how it tastes like a gigantic soft peanut butter cookie? Yes, I just said “slabs of dark chocolate”. My ideal party would involve this bread being served with peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, with mugs of this on the side. Wanna come? Peanut Butter Sandwich Bread makes 1 loaf Print this recipe! Ingredients: 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups milk 2 cups flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt 1 T baking powder Directions: Time:

peanut butter hot chocolate So…I’ve been thinking. If I decide to just nix this whole blogging thing and instead open a hot chocolate truck and drive around the country, would you guys support that decision? I need to know these things before I hit the open road. But in all honesty, if you thought nutella hot chocolate was a good idea, this super rich peanut butter hot chocolate will completely blow you away. It blew me away! Wait, what? I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this so I can hardly take credit for such a delicious, creamy, mouth-watering, decadent creation of the gods. It’s like drinking a chocolate bar covered in peanut butter—definitely a dessert in and of itself and best topped with fresh whipped cream and salted roasted peanuts. And if your jeans feel tight after drinking this, it’s best just to blame the dryer. I’m doing this because I love you. I promise I’ll feature something healthy with vegetables in it soon. Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate serves 1 Print this recipe! 1 cup milk 1 1/2 T sugar