happy thanksgiving!

November 25th, 2010 · 8 Comments

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Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

September 22nd, 2008 · 25 Comments

Ok, now I am really back in action. So much has happened in the last month — we’ve moved to a new apartment, gone on an amazing vacation, and are currently in the process of furnishing our new space!  Right now, I don’t have a kitchen table, a single kitchen chair, and I’m sitting on my kitchen counter to type this up.  However, I do have a very exciting new addition to my little kitchen.

Chad and I were sitting around our first full day in the new apartment, and decided to go out for lunch.  As we left, we noticed a “Sorry we missed you” delivery slip from UPS.  Thinking it wasn’t anything important, I just figured we’d pick it up that night from the shipping center, which is fairly nearby.  Chad, however, was really annoyed that they hadn’t rung our bell or even attempted to deliver the package.

I couldn’t really figure out why he was so annoyed until he called and it turned out our package weighed 32 pounds.  32 Pounds?  What could it possibly be?  Not, apparently, one of the bathing suits I’d ordered from J. Crew.  Too small to be furniture, too big to be anything else I could think of.

I didn’t figure it out until a few minutes before we picked up the package, but if I hadn’t been so frazzled from moving, I probably would have realized earlier.  A month or two ago, Chad mentioned that my very kind soon-to-be mother in law wanted to get me something off our wedding registry.

And, honestly, there was ever only one thing on our wedding registry I cared about, and you can probably guess what it was.  Chad joked that when we went to Williams Sonoma to pick things out, it was pretty much an entire trip just to register for a Kitchenaid Mixer.

And guess what the mystery package was?!?

So even without a table or chairs, my kitchen is feeling quite spectacular lately.  And this post is, unfortunately, totally unrelated to these granola bars, which did not remotely require my amazing new Kitchenaid, but were pretty spectacular themselves, as well.

Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars

1 cup plus 2 tbsp oats
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp honey
4 tbsp corn syrup
1 egg white
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp canola oil

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until evenly distributed.  The granola should stick together but no liquid should pool at the bottom (if there is excess liquid, add another tablespoon of oats and stir again).

Pour the granola out into a small baking pan lined with parchment paper and mold it into the shape you want (I used my fluted tart shell because it was nearly the perfect size, and the fluting wouldn’t show through the parchment paper).  Bake for about 35 minutes, or until granola is lightly browned on top and no longer feels wet.  Allow to cool, and cut into bars.

I stored these in plastic wrap and it ruined their texture.  Eat them within a day or two, or store them in an airtight container, not too close together, unrefrigerated, for up to a week.

Makes 8 small granola bars.

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Dog Treats

September 8th, 2008 · 77 Comments

Baking is so sad for my dogs.  Inevitably, they will sit at my feet for hours while I bake some delicious treat, and then I will completely refuse to let them have even a tiny bite — chocolate is poisonous for dogs (poor dogs — life without chocolate!), and sugar isn’t good for them either.  So one afternoon, I decided to bake something especially for my little puppies.

There are actually two of them — Calvin is the one in the first picture, sitting patiently and staring at his treat hoping that I’ll let him have it, and Coco is the one in the next picture, happily biting hers right out of my hand.  (Coco is also the one who had a little cameo at the end of my last podcast!)

Also, I am a dope because I cut these out using heart and sun shaped cookie cutters, and realized later that I had bought dog bone cookie cutters at some point, and then forgotten all about them.  Fortunately, Calvin and Coco didn’t seem to care too much.

Last but not least, Chad and I are actually going to Hawaii (!!!) so there won’t be any new updates on this site until next week.  Fortunately, our dogs will have homemade treats to remember us while we’re gone — and in case any of you have hungry pooches in the meantime, I suggest making a batch of these!

Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup skim milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

Makes about 20-30 dog biscuits.

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