Category: Bonus!


It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it. ~ Julia Child  [I LOVE this quote, and I promise I always have clean hands when I make your food!]


He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. ~ English Proverb


Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~ Harriet Van Horne

Wow – it’s been too long since I posted any recipes! It’s not that I haven’t been baking, because I have. In fact, I’ve got my third cake for the week in the oven as I write this. I’ll get those recipes posted later. Raspberry Magic Bars & Peanut Butter Brownies

For now, since I’ve been such a slacker, here are two recipes I made recently to take to the dojo. I’m always hungry after a workout, especially after those two hour pre-black belt test workouts. And because I think every event needs treats (you know I do!), I made some goodies to help everyone replace the calories we’d just burned off. Both recipes are simple, and both travel well. Click for recipes.

Raspberry Magic BarsThe Raspberry Magic Bars are adapted from the classic Magic Bar recipe. Instead of using chocolate chips, these use jam or preserves for a fruity twist. I chose seedless raspberry preserves with almonds for the filling. The result was a very simple, but delicious treat which truly is magical! They are a very sweet bar, so if you prefer things a little less sweet, you can make some adjustments.

For me, the next time I make them, I’ll use a little less jam, substitute a stronger nut such as pecans or walnuts, and add some dark chocolate chunks or chips. I think the dark chocolate and raspberry will nicely complement each other. Mmmm… I can’t wait to try that combination! If you have a favorite preserve flavor or jam, use that instead of the raspberry.

 Peanut Butter BrowniesThe Peanut Butter Brownies were OK. I can’t say they were my favorite brownie recipe, but I’ll probably give them another try. They start with a brownie mix, so they’re fairly simple. Keep an eye on the baking time so they don’t dry out. While the recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, I think they’d be good with chunky peanut butter or with the addition of chopped peanuts or peanut butter chips.

There you go. Two sweets to help you get your sugar fix! 

My Christmas Day Honey Oatmeal Bread was delicious! After I sent a loaf home with The Pretty One I was left with half a loaf. I rarely eat sandwiches but wasn’t going to waste all that goodness. So what to do with my leftovers? If you’re lucky enough to have any, I’ve got a couple of ideas you might enjoy.

I’ve always loved French Toast and I thought the slightly sweet, dense bread would make a delicious breakfast. I like incorporating Wheat Germ in my French Toast or pancakes for the added health benefits, as well as the nutty flavor. When it’s sprinkled on, as opposed to mixed in, it toasts up nicely during the cooking process. So for the French Toast, I mixed up my eggs and cinnamon, dipped my bread, sprinkled some wheat germ on it, then put it on a hot griddle. (Click for recipe.)

Honey Oatmeal Wheat Germ French Toast hides under peanut butter & fresh fruit.

When it was perfectly toasted, I spread it with peanut butter, my favorite French Toast topping. I like how the saltiness of the peanut butter complements the sweetness of the cinnamon. Most of the time I eat pb&j on my French Toast, but having just purchased a variety of fresh fruit, I was excited to use that. I made a layered delight of French Toast, peanut butter, sliced banana, fresh strawberries, pomegranate seeds, and chia seeds (oops – not in the photo!). Was it good? Oh, yeah! Will I make it again? Definitely!!

Ha! Should have taken a picture before I ate half the croutons!

 After making French Toast I still had part of a loaf left. I like big, fat croutons on my salads, but those are hard to come by in the stores. Besides, homemade is better, right? I cut the bread into chunks, tossed it with a little oil, sprinkled on some sea salt, and popped them into the oven. Oh, the smell! I couldn’t wait to put those on my spinach salad!

The combination of the sweet bread and light sprinkling of sea salt was delicious! In fact, I liked it so much I kept eating the croutons straight out of the pan. Looks like I need to make some more bread so I can have more croutons! Maybe I’ll try some rye bread next.