Cooking is one of life's adventures - we try a new combination of foods, just as we might try skiing or skydiving. Here is a small collection of our families' adventures into cooking. They are the time-honored traditions that have developed over time, and are the taste treats of our families. Please share them with your favorite people, and if you have time, send us one of your special recipes to try on our families and friends. Enjoy!
Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup (one stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar and the flour, using a pastry cutter or two knifes, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Remove 1 cup of this mixture and set aside.
To mixture in large bowl, add the baking powder and salt. Using a fork lightly beat in vanilla, milk and egg. Continue beating until smooth. Pour batter into a 13x9 greased pan.
In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and walnuts.
Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over top of batter in pan. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and the walnuts. Using a long flat spatula, spread topping evenly over the top of the batter in pan.
Bake bars for 35 - 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Cool bars completely before slicing. Cut into bars, should make about 24.
Southern Pecan Bars
1 1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350. In large mixer bowl combine all ingredients for crumb crust except pecans. Blend with mixer until all particles are fine. Stir in pecans Press in greased 13x9 pan.
In same mixer bowl combine all ingredients for topping except pecans. Blend well. Pour over crumb crust. Sprinkle with pecans.
Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool; cut into bars.
Grab your favorite shaker, pour in a scoop of ice so your martini will be extra cold.
2 parts vodka (keep in the freezer)
1 part Rose's blue raspberry Cocktail Infusions (pick this up in your grocery's liquor aisle)
Shake for 30 seconds and serve up in a martini glass
(A clear glass makes for the best presentation of this martini)
Sit back relax and enjoy!
Make sure to check back for our next drink concoction!