Granola Bars

2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)6 Tablespoons butter (*see note)1/3 cup honey or light corn syrup (less sweet)3/4 cup light brown sugar , packed1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup mini chocolate chips , or other favorite add-in’s InstructionsLine 8 or 9’’ square pan with…

Chocolate Chess Pie

1 9″ pie crust, frozen or homemade1/4 cup unsalted butter1 1/2 cups, packed dark brown sugar1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted3 eggs2 Tablespoons all purpose flour or cornflour2 teaspoons finely ground instant coffee1 teaspoon vanilla extract3/4 teaspoon salt Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F.Slowly melt the butter and whisk…

Good Chili Recipe

1 large or 2 small onions 5 clove garlic Olive oil 5 level teaspoons chili powder 2.5 heaped teaspoon ground cumin (or crushed cumin seeds) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 to 1.5 pound minced beef 3-14 oz cans of tomatoes, 1 crushed, 2 diced 1 red chili, chopped or 2 tsp dried…

Black Bean Brownies

2 cups 1 14 oz can cooked black beans1/2 cup chopped dates OR 1/2 cup chopped prunes2 eggs1/2 cup applesauce2 tsp vanilla1/2 cup cocoa powder1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Throw everything except the chocolate chip and nuts into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add…

Parmesan Orzo

2 Cups Orzo2 Cups Chicken/Vegetable stock/water4 Tablespoons Butter1/4 Cup diced Onion, diced very small3 Garlic Cloves, pressed or minced3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese1/3 Cup Half and Half2–3 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley1/2 – 1 tsp. saltBlack pepper to tasteOlive Oil ORZOBegin by heating about 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, let it warm up…

Sex in a Pan

3/4 cup butter1 1/2 cup flour1/2 cup chopped pecans1 cup icing sugar1-8 oz. light cream cheese1 large package, 144 gm instant chocolate pudding1 large package, 144 gm instant vanilla pudding5 cups milk, divided4 cups cool whip, divided1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate square, grated Preheat oven to 350F. Mix together the butter, flour and chopped pecans. Press…

Turkish Coffee Shortbread

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature.2/3 cup sugar1/4 tsp salt2 1/4 cups all purpose flour2 Tbsp finely ground coffee, espresso or french roast. Use less for a more subtle effect.1 Tbsp ground cardamom, use less for a more subtle effect.chocolate coating8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips, or bar chocolate, cut in small pieces.1 tsp vegetable…

Spaetzle

4 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp salt8 large eggs3/4 cup milk In a bowl, whisk together the flour, eggs, milk, and salt. Stir until the batter is well combined and develops bubbles. You can also use a mixer. The batter should neither be too thin nor too thick or it will be difficult to make the…

Cashew Cheese

2 cups raw cashews, soaked 2 hours in warm water1/2 cup water2-3 cloves garlic2 tbsp nutritional yeast2 tsp lemon juice1/2 tsp salt Drain and rinse the cashews.Place them in a food processor along with the remaining ingredients and pulse until the cashews are broken down and resemble ricotta cheese. Add a little water, one tablespoon…

Cheese Puffs

1 stick butter (8 Tbsp or 4 ounces)1 cup water1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup all purpose flour4 large eggs1 cup (4 ounces) grated sharp cheddar cheese2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme (or rosemary)Freshly ground pepper Boil the water, butter, salt: In a medium sized saucepan, add the water, butter, and salt, and bring to a boil over…