My Birthday Feast!

August 11th, 2010

Well, it has happened… I’m another year older and apparently, wiser? mmm… I have had a lovely day thanks for my friends and family. It culminated with a delicious Asian inspired feast and a Peach-Vanilla Pie… We started with Vietnamese Vegetarian Spring Rolls followed by Singapore Chili Shrimp and Chicken A La Nueces De La India. For dessert, they put candles on top of my Peach-Vanilla Pie made with Tartine‘s Flaky Pie Crust.  Thank you for making this birthday wonderful!

Resa’s Berry Special Guest Post…

February 21st, 2010

My sister Resa decided to share her twist on a classic…

As a second year law student my life consists of four items: gym, class, studying and (occasionally) sleep. Grocery shopping and food preparation have to be squeezed into the schedule in a quick, efficient manner. I can have a PB&J, yogurt, and cup of coffee on the table in less than three minutes. My reliance on the PB&J for sustenance has made me somewhat of a peanut butter addict over these past two years. My go to brand is Peter Pan Crunchy. Moms are supposed to choose Jif, but mine chose Peter Pan. The choice has stuck. So when Peter Pan Honey Roast appeared in my grocery store, I had to try it.

The peanut butter doesn’t really taste honey flavored which is unsurprising if you take a quick glance at the label. The FDA requires that food ingredients be listed in descending order of weight. The label shows molasses, sugar, and then honey. This means that the majority of the sweet comes from sources other than honey. If you buy this expecting to have the amazingness of peanut butter and honey in one convenient jar, you’ll be disappointed. If you are like me you will be drooling over the possibilities that a really sweet peanut butter can provide.

I first decided to just throw the PB between two slices of bread and call it a meal. It was ok, but the sweetness needed to be balanced out with something. Jams were out because that would be adding even more sweet. That left actual fruit. I wandered around the store for a little while pondering my options and eventually settled on raspberries. Then in a moment of weakness I grabbed a bottle of Hershey’s Syrup.

I now present you with peanut butter crack. This is a dessert and yet there is enough protein for it to pass as meal.

The first try I only sorta mushed the berries. The result was a bit uneven.

On my second attempt I used a lot more berries and smooshed them very well. This sandwich tasted even better.


2 slices of Light Honey Wheat Bread

2 Tbsp Peter Pan Honey Roast Crunchy

Raspberries to taste

Drizzle of Chocolate Syrup

Serve with a steaming cup of coffee and a plain greek yogurt.

Next up: Honey Roast PB, Vanilla Ice cream, Chocolate Syrup and a blender.

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

These are my family’s favorite holiday cookies… a Christmas can’t go by without me baking them…  ENJOY!

Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup smooth peanut butter (don’t use reduced fat)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 & 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars.
2. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat well.
3. Add the dry ingredients (can always mix the dry ingredients on wax paper and then add).
4. Shape in 1 inch balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes. (for soft cookies take them out at 12 minute when the cracks in the cookies still look a little moist. They will continue to cook a little after you remove them from the oven and will not become as hard.)
6. Remove from oven and press the kiss on. Allow to cool until the kiss has rehardened.