I know it’s January, but I have been craving peaches like nobody’s business, and when I crave peaches, I crave Peach Pie! I thought I would make an Easy Peach Crisp~ because it has oatmeal and nuts and that’s healthy right??!
This is my favorite summer side salad, I am actually very happy to have it as a meal! It is so delicious with fresh picked Broccoli, crispy Hardwood Bacon, Crispy Gala Apples, Chopped Hazelnuts, Slivered Almonds, Cabot White Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Zippy Red Onion and Dried Cranberries.
It’s like a Cobb salad but instead of lettuce, broccoli is the main star.
Our friend Jenny picked this HUGE Broccoli from her Veggie Garden and left it on our kitchen table! Lucky me, so immediately I thought of making a delicious salad with it! Thank you Jenny and Carol!!
When I read the description of these amazing bars, I had to make them. The Brown Eyed Baker describes them as Blondies on Crack… too funny…too yummy, can anything be too yummy??? Not in my book.
Congo Bars ( Chocolate, Pecan, Coconut Bars )
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1½ cups light brown sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or spray a 9×13-inch baking pan, then line it with parchment paper, leaving a bit of an overhang over all the edges.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and light brown sugar until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold them into the egg mixture until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the toasted coconut, pecans, semisweet and white chocolate chips. Dump the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth it into an even layer.
4. Baking until the top is shiny and cracked and feels firm to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Remove the bars from the pan using the parchment handles and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 36 bars and serve. The bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days.
Note: You don’t have to toast the coconut or pecans if you don’t want to, it just enhances the flavor.
(Recipe adapted from The Brown Eyed Baker and Baking Illustrated)
|Here’s what you need: flour, brown sugar, butter, chopped walnuts, cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla.|
|Combine flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter to make a crumb mixture. Stir in nuts. Set aside 3/4 cup mixture for topping.|
|Press remaining mixture into bottom of 8x8x1 1/2 inch baking pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool slightly.|
|Combine cream cheese, sugar, pumpkin, eggs, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla in large mixer bowl. I used my Kitchen Aid. Blend until smooth.|
|Pour over baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake an additional 30-35 minutes. Cool before cutting into bars. Makes 12 bars. If you double the recipe and put it in a spring form pan, it makes a wonderful cheesecake ( increase baking time)|
Recipe adapted from Cooks.com
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|My gal pal and one of my favorite foodie’s and Chef, Frankie Poe Harvey from The Elegant Gourmet, has asked me to be featured on her incredible blog. I am thrilled and honored that she has asked little ol’ me. Not only is Frankie a talented and incredible Chef and TV celebrity, but she has a huge heart. When I was suffering from terrible migraines, Frankie would send me sweet supportive notes and then she sent me an incredible care package with grits, I was so touched by my dear friend, nothing says, ” I hope you feel better” better than food. I have been blogging for a little over 11 months.
I really can’t believe that a year has flown by. I have been cooking and baking since I could reach the kitchen counter, maybe earlier helping my Mom, Grandma’s and Great Grandma’s in the kitchen. My family is from the south and food and cooking is a really big deal. We would talk about what we were going to make and everyone would have a say in the matter and what would go with each dish and who was coming for dinner. It was like that every day.
Everyone had their specialty. I had my vegetarian phase and everyone went along with it as I created dishes and used all of my family members as guinea pigs, some delicious, some tasted like wood chips, but no one ever complained, every one was so supportive of every one’s creations. I was so inspired one day when I read a fellow blogger describing her pain because of a tragic event that had occurred in her life, her husband had a heart attack at a very young age.
I was heart broken reading her post. I cried and cried. She described how her husband just loved Peanut Butter Pie. Suddenly, hundreds of fellow bloggers started sending photos and notes of their rendition of Peanut Butter Pies for Mikey with a sweet note and story. I get chocked up even now thinking about it. I wanted to be a part of this amazing group of food bloggers. I was welcomed with love and support unlike anything I had ever seen before. I was overwhelmed. I was blogging about something that I absolutely love and I was supported by thousands. I never would have met Frankie Poe Harvey had it not been for my food blog.
I love simple and delicious home made food with no fuss. I really have a difficult time saying no to sweets and potatoes, I really may have to go to Potatoes Anonymous. My game day staple would be anything chicken or pasta. Nothing says love like a gorgeous bowl of pasta or pie or chocolate chip cookies.
I do have one kitchen quirk, my kitchen must be clean before I can bake or cook. I just can’t concentrate in a messy kitchen. I love growing Basil, Oregano, Tarragon and Mint and Tomatoes. I can not grow a sunflower to save my life, I grow hundreds of flowers in my garden, but this one stumps me, WHY?? I can’t live without my Kitchen Aid, I am in love with it, Especially when Baking!! Yes, I have used my Kitchen Aid for one of my favorite recipes: The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie.
This really is the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie. It is so important to use very good quality chocolate chips. I have been making chocolate chip cookies for over 40 years, now I understand why kids are so crazy about cookie dough ice cream, one taste of this cookie dough and I could hear angels singing. Taking a bite into a warm chocolate chip cookie is the ultimate dessert for me, warm chocolate chips, vanilla, pecans and brown sugar perfection! I made a double batch to bring to Cape Cod for eight delightful Girl Scouts, let me tell you, these cookies were a smashing hit!!
|In a separate bowl,sift flour with baking soda and salt, gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture.|
|I didn’t photograph it here, but I used a Silpat, makes a light golden brown cookie, you won’t have to worry about burning edges.|
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
4 dozen cookies
Best Chocolate Chip Cookie
This recipe is adapted from GHIRADELLI CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE…
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