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No trademark or brand name references here but I think you get the reference. These are all-natural, homemade, oaty bars similar to those you find in the supermarket. Jam filled, cake-mix and oatmeal based, these whip up in seconds (!) and yield a nice batch of wrap and take them with you bars which are ideal to eat on your commute, pack into a brown bag lunch or tuck into at recess. 

I should call this  Can’t Sleep Tea (it is my own version of famed Sleeptime Tea from Celestial Seasonings) because I guarantee this will make you sleepy….sleepier? Well, it's just the ticket no matter what, even if you have aches and pains and simply need a healing tonic. Warm milk, honey, pure vanilla, cinnamon and chamomile make this sublime. It is instead of hot cocoa and instead of decaf café latte and instead of (but not a replacement for) ...mum.

 

This is easy and wonderfully, deeply chocolate. Like most pudding cakes, regardless of the odd construction, in the end you have a fudgey cake sitting in a pool of warm fudge sauce. Add some ice-cream on the side or whipping cream and you will have one exceptional cake. It’s probably the precursor to today’s trendy molten chocolate cakes but decidedly more low tech. This is easy and wonderfully, deeply chocolate. Like most pudding cakes, regardless of the odd construction, in the end you have a fudgey cake sitting in a pool of warm fudge sauce. Add some ice-cream on the side or whipping cream and you will have one exceptional cake. It’s probably the precursor to today’s trendy molten chocolate cakes but decidedly more low tech.

Think all hot sauce is the same? Think again.

I like quirky things and a dairy rich dough for rugulah is Hanukkah-appropriate but also happens to make a lovely, supple dough. I fill this one with the cinnamon/sugar raisin route or chocolate chips or try it with canned cherry pie filling for rugulah that are mini cherry Danish. Just make sure you use a great vanilla ice-cream that is rich and creamy and not lite or air-filled for the flakiest pastry dough.

This smacks of a very gourmet, small brew ice-tea with its flavor of summery peach shining through the oh-so-healthy, anti-oxidant green tea. Just make sure you don’t brew the green tea too long; you don’t want it bitter. Just a brief sojourn in steaming kettle water is all you need. Serve this over crushed iced in wine glasses with a sprig of mint of shaving of fresh ginger or go country style, and offer in half-pint Mason (or preserving) jars. Make the tea; cue the hammock.
You can use green tea bags for this recipe (1 bag per 10-12 ounces water, or 1 teaspoon green tea leaves for 8-10 ounces of steaming kettle water). I don’t mind a trace of peach pulp in my Ice Peach and Green Tea and so I add one ground up ripe peach. But if you like clear tea, leave it out.

 

A hearty, spirited tea blend especially created  in honor of Jane. This is a heady mix of English Breakfast, Assam, Orange Pekoe, a touch of Darjeeling to smooth things over and a secret ingredient or two extra to make it more memorable. Isn’t this the perfect blend for Elizabeth or “Lizzie’ Bennet of P&P? One sip both soothes and inspires.

You can find this lovely, moist and crack-topped brownie recipe, with this name, almost everywhere. It is, like Kate was, a legend – or an urban legend, at least.  It is also the typical, quintessential American brownie recipe. It is Hepburn who made it special. Most of the recipes with this name are exactly the same but some, include in the directives, the phrase stir like made which is pure Kate. As I fan, I would never disagree with the Great K, but as a baker, I caution you – never, ever, stir a brownie batter like mad! Not necessary. These are easy and just the thing to make if you are in for the night, and having a Katherine Hepburn film fest chez vous. Kate remembered, indeed.

The Colonel would be proud…..and then perhaps….lawsuits?
Extra crispy chicken at home is possible especially if you have a deep fryer. Is this exactly KFC? It's pretty darned close. All it's missing is the red and white cardboard bucket and sides. Offer mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, biscuits and macaroni salad and you have a weekend supper that beats the band and winter doldrums. But this is best in a deep fryer. Deep fryers makes for incredibly crisp, crunchy, coated chicken that is perfectly browned – not burnt – due to the controlled heat. Do be careful with the lid and humidity. IF….you do not want to deep fry, use the alternate oven method (or use a Wok to deep fry)

Oven bake this incredible gourmet cranberry sauce. The oven deep bakes the flavor so the fruits meld just so, and no mixing and pot-watching for you. Just layer, bake, one stir and serve. So good –you’ll have to roast a turkey as an excuse to devour all the sauce. Recipe doubles well. As one of our testers pointed out, you can chuck this in the oven with the turkey to save burner space. Same tester (hey Jan in Vermont!) said and we quote "Hate to change the tried and true traditional things of Thanksgiving but change Is good and this cranberry sauce recipe is so, so good!".

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