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Parmesan Pretzel Sticks

Parmesan Pretzel Sticks

I’m a huge soft pretzel fan. Whether they’re homemade or store-bought (preferably from a store or market that specializes, to some degree, in pretzel production), I’m usually happy to munch on a salted pretzel with a bit of mustard. But pretzels certainly come on more forms than soft, and the crunchy variety certainly has its uses, especially where dips are concerned. I had never had ... Read More »

No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake with Thin Mint Crust

Vanilla Cheesecake with Thin Mint Crust, waiting to be eaten

When I started out on my self-appointed task to make homemade versions of some popular Girl Scout cookies, I didn’t have any problem picking out Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Tagalongs as my top choices. But I thought it might be fun to throw in a recipe that used Girl Scout cookies, too, and this is that recipe. I opted to use the ever-popular Thin Mints – ... Read More »

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

In the winter, especially when it’s raining (or snowing, for that matter, though that’s pretty unlikely in most of southern California) and cold, I can’t think of a better way to start the day than a hot bowl of oatmeal. Ok – maybe staying in bed under the warm covers is a better way, but since we all have to get up sometime, oatmeal is ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

Tagalongs, or Peanut Butter Patties, seem to be one of the less remarkable Girl Scout cookies. Everyone likes them, but no one ever seems to call them out as their favorite. My feeling is that these cookies are very reminiscent of candies like peanut butter cups and I think we can all agree that they are a hard act to follow because the combination is ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas

Homemade Samoas

Samoas, also known as Caramel de-Lites, have always been my favorite girl scout cookie (although I do enjoy Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and Thin Mints). I’m not sure how they rank in the overall scheme of GS cookie popularity, but I will go so far as to say that I have never met someone who didn’t care for them at all – even people who say that ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Do-si-dos

peanut butter sandwich cookies, side view

The other day, I expressed some concern over the fact that (a) Girl Scout cookies still have trans fats in them because they are made with hydrogenated shortening instead of, say, butter and (b) Girl Scout cookies don’t taste all that great any more – especially considering that the price per box has gone up and the size of the cookies seems to have gone ... Read More »

Mix-n-Match Applesauce Granola

granola and yogurt

Weekend mornings are often less hurried than weekday mornings, so when I get the urge to cook, I’ll sometimes prepare something that I can eat for breakfast during the week. Muffins and scones will keep for a day or two, but for something that will really last all week, granola is just the thing. It keeps well, it can be made in big batches and ... Read More »

Banana Barley Muffins

Banana bread is such a classic that it seems unnecessary to come up with “twists” to put on it. But it is also such a classic that it’s possible to get bored making it the same way time after time, so I give in every once in a while and make something like banana gingerbread, or stir in some chocolate and nuts. For this variation, ... Read More »

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