We’ve been having kitchen fun. Snow and cold temps have returned with the latest arctic blast so we are making do with browsing recipes online. Granola bars caught Mrs J’s attention the other day so we looked over a few recipes to get an idea of what would work and then went to the cupboard for ingredients. We pretty much cleaned out all the odds and ends leftover from other recipes and ended up with some tasty snack bars. Rolled oats are featured in most of the recipes we looked at, and peanut butter and honey were pretty common. From memory, here are the ingredients we went with this morning:
1-1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey (plus a drizzle of maple syrup we had left from waffles)
and enough of these to make up three additional cups of filler:
Melt the peanut butter in a small saucepan and add the honey and other liquids that sound good. (I had planned to add a little cherry preserve but forgot.) I spun the dry stuff in a food processor to mix it and chop some of the larger pieces a bit then dumped it into a large mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly, then press it into a pan that you have lined with parchment paper. Mrs J used a plastic tumbler to roll it down. We used an 11″x7″ pan because an 8″x8″ pan looked a tad small. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. These are seriously good. I wish we had some other more colorful things about to toss into the mix. Dried cherries and blueberries? Mini M&Ms?
I saw a few notes on the internets somewhere that mentioned fry bread as a dessert. In the interest of Science I have performed an experiment with a honey /cinnamon/sugar not-quite-glaze. Results must be treated as preliminary – they have not been repeated as of yet though my Peers have expressed considerable interest. I expect to publish soon. I cannot, at this time, rule out future maple sugar/syrup variations.
Ever since President Obama revealed he took “home” brewed beer on the campaign trail with him, people have been clamoring for the recipes. The White House released them today. According the the WH, they believe this is the first time alcohol has ever been brewed on the premises:
As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there’s no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House. (Although we do know there was some drinking during prohibition…)
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