I am having a bit of writer’s block this evening, so I decided to share a few delicious recipes we have made in the last few days. Baking is one of the joys I share with my kids, my daughter in particular. Our favorite thing to make together lately is homemade granola bars. With only 4 ingredients, and natural ones at that, these are not only tasty but healthy too! We found this recipe at the link below, but made a few adjustments of our own, found in this recipe.
Homemade Granola Bars
1 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup of honey
1/2 cup of coconut oil
2 cups oats
Heat peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a pan until blended, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the oats. Spread into a thin greased pan and let cool for 10-15 minutes. At this point you could opt to add any goodies you like. We prefer mini chocolate chips, but raisins, craisins and coconut also work well. Once you have finished your creation, cover with foil and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Homemade Whipping Cream
I thought most people made their own whipping cream, especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but according to a group of friends who were over last night, this is unusual. I love making my own whipping cream because the options for flavors are only limited to your imagination.
1 quart heavy whipping cream
sweetner of your choice
flavoring of your choice
Pour the heavy whipping cream into a cold bowl and beat with a hand mixer on high until firm, about 5 minutes. Once the cream is to your desired consistancy, add a sweetner to taste. I prefer low-sugar options in all of my cooking, so I chose to use the new product, Necteresse, which is a natural sweetner that comes from the monk fruit. You could use regular sugar or your favorite sweetner. Start with a couple of teaspoons and just add to taste. Finally, add a flavoring. I use vanilla extract, but you could use almond or lemon or whatever else you would like. It is the perfect topping for that special pie, ice cream sundae, brownie or fruit!
The Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 Salad
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa, Florida. With a rich history in the city, it is quite the popular restaurant and the food does not disappoint! Their famous salad is the 1905 Salad and they kindly share their recipe on their website! We made it for dinner this evening and it was almost as good as it was at the restaurant! You will find it very refreshing and a perfect pairing for any dish! You can find this and many other great recipes from their menu at http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/recipes_wines_list.asp
4 cups iceberg lettuce, broken into 1 1/2″ × 1 1/2″ pieces
1 ripe tomato, cut into eighths
1/2 cup baked ham, julienned 2″ × ⅛” (may substitute turkey or shrimp)
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, julienne 2″ × ⅛”
1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed green Spanish olives
“1905” Dressing (see recipe below)
1/2 cup Romano cheese, grated
2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce®
Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese, and olives in a large salad bowl. Before serving, add “1905” Dressing, Romano cheese, Worcestershire, and the juice of 1 lemon. Toss well and serve immediately. Makes 2 full salads or 4 side salads.
1/2 cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
⅛ cup white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Salad Dressing Preparation
Mix olive oil, garlic, and oregano in a bowl with a wire whisk. Stir in vinegar, gradually beating to form an emulsion, and then season with salt and pepper. For best results, prepare 1 to 2 days in advance and refrigerate.