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Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars
Other than my short stint as a resident of New York City, I've never lived in a city with a "signature" food. I'm talking about claim-to-fame level: cheese steaks from Philadelphia, coffee from Seattle, Hatch chiles from New Mexico. These Nanaimo Bars are the ultimate signature food, from beautiful Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island in Canada. Nanaimo bars are a rich, decadent, 3-layer, no-bake treat. These bars are ubiquitous in Canada. Nanaimo BarsAdapted from The City of NanaimoPrintable RecipeMakes ~50 bars Bottom Layer½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter¼ cup sugar5 tbsp. cocoa powder1 egg, beaten1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs½ c. finely chopped almonds1 cup coconut½ c. Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Middle Layer½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. half-and-half2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder or powdered vanilla pudding mix2 cups powdered sugar Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well.

S’more Cookie Bars These were a huge hit! Keith, Andrew, and Kramer all ate at least two of these the other night. I brought some into work, too, and they quickly disappeared. What you’ll need. Pulse about 8 graham crackers in a blender or food processor to get your graham cracker crumbs. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and graham cracker crumbs. Cream together the butter and sugars, until light and fluffy (at least 3-5 minutes), then beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Press half of the dough down into the greased and/or lined 8×8 pan (I doubled it and did a 9×13). Lay the chocolate bars over the dough. Then spread the Fluff over the chocolate. Press the remaining into sheet with your palms and lay the sheets over the marshmallow (as shown). Enjoy! S’more Cookie Bars Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Serves: 25-30 bars Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Homemade Snickers Bars Insanity. That’s what this is. Pure In.San.It.TEEEEE. You know those days when you’re in desperate need of sugar and you’ve already downed more gummy vitamins than recommended while seriously considering how many more you can ingest without causing severe harm to your internal organs? They’re just so gooooood. Well… in that case you should make some homemade snickers bars. And I KNOW you know what I’m talking about. I spent the majority of my pre-pubescent and adolescent years scheming just how I would be able to steal my brothers’ Halloween candy. Then I went through a SERIOUS phase of those Snickers ice cream bars. And that you can eat a million of them. These days, it’s rare that I crave actual candy, often preferring some chewy cookies or super rich cheesecake or a bar of amazing chocolate that costs thrice as much as the recent organic meyer lemons I purchased. They are the peanut butter to my jelly. The salt to my pepper. The broccoli to my… wait, no. And the fabulous part? nougat layer

Magic Sauce Recipe I call this the magic sauce recipe. In part, because it makes everything it touches shimmer with deliciousness. It's magic like that. Technically, it's a riff on a chimichurri sauce - one that veered off the rails in a big way. Let's just start by putting one thing out there. It's as versatile as a black dress. - More Herb Recipes - - More Paprika Recipes - - More Quick Recipes - 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 2 medium cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste 1 well-crumbled bay leaf pinch of red pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon + fine grain sea salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Gently warm the olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet or pan, until it is just hot. While the oil is heating, lightly pound the rosemary, thyme, and oregano in a mortar and pestle. Stir the paprika, garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and salt into the oil. Makes ~2/3 cup. Print Recipe

Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: sometimes the best creations are the ones you don’t set out to create! This might be my new favorite thing. It’s the perfect easy, throw-together, family style dessert for summer. I did a local tv segment this week and made my Baked Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salsa. When I got home I had a bag full of cinnamon chips left over and started snacking. Then my boys walked in from the back yard with handfuls of strawberries from our garden and I started thinking about how chocolate covered strawberries sounded so good right then because my first thought when I see any sort of food product is how it would taste covered in chocolate. So I chopped up those berries and let them sit in a spoonful of sugar for a bit. Then I sprinkled them all over those crispy cinnamon-sugar coated chips. I grabbed some chocolate chips, and ate a few. Adding just a touch of vegetable oil or shortening to your chocolate makes it nice and smooth for drizzling. Holy Frijoles.

Baklava I wish I could tell you I was a ballerina or, at least, I wish I could tell you I used to be a ballerina. However, I cannot lie to all of you. I was born with neither grace nor the self-restraint to live for an extended period of time on nothing but birdseed and feathers. Despite many years of ballet lessons, I remain the same lumbering girl I always was. It’s too bad, really. I actually dreamed of being a ballerina. Part of me remains convinced, despite the above evidence to the contrary, I could have been successful were it not for my mother. Yes. My mother. Isn’t it always this way? In this case, however, I think I might be right. And, when I say love, I am only mildly sarcastic. Up to now, however, I did not dare attempt making baklava from scratch. It wasn’t until last week that I finally mustered the courage to attempt this treat at home. Flakey on top and soft in the middle and oozing with nutty sweetness, this baklava is the baklava of my youth. Thanks, Mom. Baklava

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars There is a deli near my house that makes the most amazing chocolate peanut butter bars. I have been trying to come up with a copycat version of them for some time & this recipe is pretty much it. I thought they would be a great dessert to make for the bake sale, as chocolate/peanut butter desserts are very popular & these are super simple & don't require any baking! To begin, grease a standard sized brownie pan with non-stick cooking spray & line the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang {for easy removal}. 2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar, a 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter, & 1 3/4 cups of smooth peanut butter. Beat until smooth, then dump the mixture out into the pan, and press down into the bottom, making it as level as possible. 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate {chopped} in a double boiler, or heat-proof bowl set over simmering water. Stir occasionally to combine.

Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls This was our breakfast Sunday morning. Aren’t they cute? They were very, very good. It’s the whole egg and the toast combo all together in one nice package. These are so easy to make and wouldn’t they be splendid on a brunch buffet table? I think there are a lot of variations you could do nicely with this recipe, such as, swap out the Parmesan cheese with grated Gruyere or crumbled blue cheese to give a different taste. I used sourdough but I think this would also be nice with onion or brioche rolls as long as they are sturdy. Any way you put these together, they will be great. Slice off top of each dinner roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg. Arrange rolls on a baking sheet. Top each egg with some herbs and a bit of cream. Place tops on rolls and serve warm. Eat with a knife and fork. Print Recipe Ingredients Directions Slice off top of each dinner roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg.

Make Your Own Rock Candy Throughout my scholarly career, there were two things I was never any good at. Science and art. Fine, three things. My point is, this post is all about two things I’m horrible at. You see, I had a really bright idea to make our own rock candy for the wedding. But please know you have to be incredibly patient to make rock candy. The process is simple. Homemade Rock Candy (makes 2 rock candies):Print the instructions! 2 Wood skewers or threads2 glass jars2 C water3.5 C sugarFood coloring If you can, prepare your skewer (or thread) a day ahead of time. You should also prepare your jars before starting the process. When you’re ready to make your rock candy, start by bringing the 2 cpus of water to boil. Add your sugar in cup by cup, stirring and letting each cup dissolve before adding in another. Continue until all 3.5 cups of sugar have absorbed. See how much fun I’m having? Now, here’s where all the various sets of instructions I read varied. So, I did that. He opted for blue. Mine? Dang.

Muddy Buddies I LOVE LOVE LOVE when some of the most yummiest treats are also the most easiest to make. Ten years ago my friend Nancy gave each woman in our small group a beautifully packaged container of Puppy Chow aka Muddy Buddies. This was the first time I had ever had this “crazy good” treat. **DISCLAIMER** Although this recipe is called “Puppy Chow” it’s not for doggie consumption – since chocolate is poisonous for dogs. Puppy Chow Recipe – Muddy Buddies Author: Savory Sweet Life Recipe type: Appetizer Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Serves: 9 cups 9 cups Combination of Corn, Rice, and Wheat Cereal squares (Chex) *For gluten-free, omit the wheat chex.1 cup chocolate chips½ cup creamy peanut butter¼ cup butter2 teaspoon vanilla *make sure to check vanilla for gluten-free1½ cups powdered sugar2 1-gallon ziplock bags Place cereal in a large bowl and set aside. *Several people have asked me where I got my snow flake pails I used to package these.

Almond Chocolate Toffee Brittle Recipe | Cookie Recipes A few Christmas’ ago, my sister was telling me about these cookies she made for a cookie exchange using saltine crackers. The moment she used the word saltines, she lost me. However, because she has good culinary taste buds (it must run in the family) I thought I would give it a go and make them for myself to try. Almond Chocolate Toffee Crunchies Author: Savory Sweet Life Recipe type: Dessert Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Serves: 24 1 sleeve of saltine crackers1 cup butter1 cup packed brown sugar2 cups chocolate chips1 cup chopped almonds, toasted Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Tagged as: almonds, Chocolate, Christmas, Cookies, Holidays, toffee

Grilled Brie Sandwich with Apple and Red Onion Confit © Jaymi HeimbuchPhotos by Jaymi Heimbuch The grilled cheese sandwich is perhaps my most favorite comfort food. Not only is it tasty, but the combinations of cheese alone are endless. Apple and Red Onion Confit1 large red onion, thinly sliced1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced1/8 cup of honey3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar1/2 teaspoon kosher saltExtra virgin olive oil 1. 2. © Jaymi Heimbuch 3. 4. © Jaymi Heimbuch 5. 6. 7. 8. Visit the Green Wine Guide for more vegetarian recipes and wine pairings.

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