Monthly Archives: April 2008

Oh, Tim…

Look what he’s gone and done:

Tim McGraw’s Spicy Jalapeno Fritos

Curious that there’s nothing about this on his website…

TimMcGraw.com *does*, however, have the scoop (ha — like Fritos, get it?) on his new fragrance:

“The packaging, from the bottle to the carton, was inspired by McGraw’s modern appeal with its uniquely shaped rectangular glass bottle.”

Truer words were spoken, eh?

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Who Knew Camping Recipes Had Such Fabulous Names?

Certainly not I…

Look what I found while looking for kid-friendly snacks at “work” today…

All these babies are thanks to KOA Kampgrounds:


Chocolate Scotcheroos

* 1 c sugar
* 1 c light corn syrup
* 2 c chocolate chips
* 1 c peanut butter
* 6 c Rice Krispies

Directions

Combine sugar and syrup in saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring often, until begins to bubble. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter, mix well. Add Rice Krispies, stir until well blended. Press mixture into buttered 13 x 9″ pan. Melt chips over very low heat, stirring until well blended. Remove from heat and spread evenly over Rice Krispie mixture. Cool until firm. Cut into bars. Makes about 48 bars 2 x 1 inches.

Fudge-in-a-Bag

* 1 pound(s) powdered sugar
* 3 oz. cream cheese
* 1 cube margarine or butter
* 1/2 c cocoa
* 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Place all ingredients in a Ziploc bag and mush together until done (5-10 minutes). May need to cool to set up before eating.

And…look! You can even have pie at camp!

Apple Pie on a Stick

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 cooking apples
  • 4 dowel or roasting sticks

Directions

In a small bowl, mix together sugar and cinnamon and set aside. Push the stick or dowel through the top of the apple to the bottom until the apple is secure. Roast the apple 2 to 3 inches above the bed of hot coals and turn frequently. (As the apple cooks, the skin starts to brown and the juice dribbles out.) When the skin is loose, remove the apple from the coals but leave it on the stick. Peel the skin off the apple, being careful not to burn yourself because the apple is very hot.

Candy Bar Pie

* 1 large container Cool Whip
* 1 extra large chocolate candy bar
* 1 graham cracker or cookie pie crust

Directions

Crumble candy bar (reserve a small portion for garnish) in a pan and melt (if microwave available use microwave). Pour melted candy bar into Cool Whip (reserve 1 tablespoon of Cool Whip for garnish) and fold together. Pour candy bar and Cool Whip into pie crust, add reserved Cool Whip on center of pie and sprinkle reserved candy bar on top of Cool Whip. Set in ice chest or refrigerator to cool for a few minutes.

I also have a bunch o’ bananas to use up and was kind of excited about the following recipes:

Peanut Butter S’more Quesadillas

* 4 – 6 Tbsp peanut butter
* 2 9 – 10 inch flour tortillas
* 1/2 c tiny marshmallows
* 1/4 c miniature semi-sweet chocolate pieces
* 2 medium firm, ripe bananas, thinly sliced
* cooking oil
* sugar and ground cinnamon (optional)

Directions

Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons peanut butter over half of each tortilla. Top each with half of the marshmallows, chocolate pieces and banana slices. Fold tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten and seal slightly. Brush both sides with a little oil.

Place a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat on a camp stove, grill rack or grate over an open fire. Cook tortillas for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden and chocolate is melted, turning once halfway through grilling. If desired, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. To serve, cut into wedges. Makes 4 servings.

And…who knew banana chips took *4* hours??

Banana Chips

* Bananas
* Non-stick cooking spray
* cookie sheet
* baggies

Preheat oven to 150F. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick coating spray. Slice bananas into thin slices and place on the cookie sheet. Cook for 2 hours with the door slightly ajar. Flip slices with a fork. Cook for 2 more hours. Bananas should be only slightly pliable.

I also came across the recipe below…which is from the First United Methodist Church of Kearney, Mo. and is *identical* to a recipe in the Sweet Potato Queens’ Big-Ass Cookbook and Financial Planner. Except the folks in Kearney don’t call them “catshit cookies.” Funny that. (That’s them there cookies above.)

No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
1 stick butter
3 cups quick oats
3 Tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup milk
2/3 cup peanut butter

Put sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in saucepan and boil hard for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add oats and peanut butter. Beat until stiff enough to drop on wax paper. Let cool.

Now! Time to venture out into the great outdoors?

(Better Boz?? If it wasn’t for you, I might have given the bananas their own entry…)

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Biggest. News. Ever.

Guess who got an internship at Martha Stewart Living.

Just guess.

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Links…

I still haven’t seen anything about the person who won the grandaddy of them all:
Essexville woman takes home national pie-baking awards
And, oh, yeah…that Pillsbury contest: Maryland Alumna Takes Top Prize in National Baking Competition

Nice: Goat Cheese Tarts with Black Oil

Supposed to be the best banana bread ever: Cinnamon Crisp-Topped Cream Cheese Banana Bread

I hate to be completely immature…but “eight-year-old birthday bitch”? Too much: Baking for the Barkers

Poor unsuspecting Spanish teacher: Teen given probation for baking marijuana-laced cookies

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My Favorite Noun is Now My Favorite Verb

I am totally tight with the folks at Gawker after Tuesday’s whole bowling thing…and so I was thrilled to see this:

In Which Thomas Friedman is Hit with a Pie

Apparently pieing has become popular for political purposes. Or at least that’s what it says here. (I’ve always thought of it as more Jack Tripper fare…)

This is sort of exciting, you know? I’ve never really used “pie” as a verb before…

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Puddin’

Says one of my high school classmates who will potentially be reunioning with me at the Five Seasons Brewing Company in October:

“I got a new issue of Cooking Light yesterday and I think they had a revamped recipe for Sex in a Pan in there … but I couldn’t tell for sure … IT WAS definitely pudding with crust … and it sounded like Sex in a Pan, but it was named something lame like “Supreme Chocolate Delight” or something like that …I might have to try it out and see if it compares!”

Interesting timing! I assume everyone saw the pudding story in the NYT yesterday??

The best pudding I have had to date has to be the filling you make for chocolate cream pie in this recipe. I made it at Christmas even though no one wanted chocolate cream pie.

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Fireweed in NYC

One of Alaska’s storied summertime wildflowers is fireweed – interesting because the buds change as the summer progresses…although I don’t remember whether it’s that the reddish-purplish color moves up the plant or down? It must be up.

In any event, when I was buying Kleenex this weekend, I found boxes of the CVS brand (so…okay…not actual Kleenex…but who says “tissues”?) with *fireweed* on it. I’ve never seen fireweed on this side of the U.S.-Canadian border! Imagine my surprise and delight!

(Also: In other news…guess who is *going* to Alaska in about a month. This person needs to escape the city for a bit…and was afraid she would not be able to in the period between graduation and gainful employment. Hurrah!)

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