Showing posts with label Snack. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Snack. Show all posts

Monday, January 1, 2024

Peppermint Bark



12 oz. white chocolate, coarsely chopped and divided (6 oz. per layer)
6 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 t. vegetable oil or coconut oil, divided (1/2 t. per layer)
1/2 t. peppermint extract, divided (1/4 t. per layer)
2–3 regular-size candy canes, crushed


  1. Line the bottom and sides of a 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, smoothing out any wrinkles. 
  2. Bottom layer:  Place 6 ounces of white chocolate in a small heatproof bowl or a liquid measuring cup. 
  3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of oil. 
  4. Melt in 20-second increments, stirring vigorously with a silicone spatula or spoon after each increment, until completely melted and smooth. *White chocolate and chocolate overheat easily, so it’s important to do this in increments. 
  5. Once melted, stir in 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. 
  6. Pour melted white chocolate into the prepared baking pan, and spread into a thin smooth layer. 
  7. Place the baking pan in the refrigerator for 10–15 minutes or until almost completely set. If it sets completely, the bark layers could separate. 
  8. Middle layer:  Place semi-sweet chocolate in a small heatproof bowl or a liquid measuring cup. 
  9. Add 1/2 teaspoon of oil. 
  10. Repeat melting, just as you did with the white chocolate. 
  11. Once melted, stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. 
  12. Pour all of the semi-sweet chocolate over the white chocolate layer and spread it into a smooth layer. 
  13. Place the baking pan back in the refrigerator for 10–15 minutes or until almost completely set.
  14. Top layer:  Place the remaining 6 oz. white chocolate in a small heatproof bowl or a liquid measuring cup. 
  15. Add last 1/2 teaspoon of oil. 
  16. Repeat melting, just as you did with the other layers. 
  17. Pour over the bark layers and spread into a smooth layer. (This layer will not have peppermint extract.) 
  18. Sprinkle evenly with crushed candy canes. 
  19. To crush, place the unwrapped candy canes in a sealed zipped-top bag and roll or hit with a rolling pin or meat mallet until crushed.
  20. Refrigerate the bark until completely set, about 1 hour. 
  21. Once hardened, remove from the pan and peel off the foil or parchment. 
  22. Break or cut into pieces as large or as small as you want. 
  23. If your bark chilled in the refrigerator for longer than 3–4 hours, let it sit at room temperature for 10–15 minutes to slightly soften before breaking/slicing.
  24. Cover and store leftover bark in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. The bark can be left at room temperature for a few days in colder months, but it gets a little soft.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Sensational Seafood Salad


One of our local grocery stores has amazing imitation crab salad.  I'm always looking for a good crab salad.  This recipe is not identical to what I'm looking for, but I did enjoy it and don't want to lose it.


1 - 1.5 lb. Imitation Crab
¼ C. mayonnaise
¼ C. sour cream
Salt & Pepper to taste
¼ t. dried dill
¼ t. lemon juice


  1. Remove crab from package and separate flakes
  2. Chop and shred the crab in a medium bowl.
  3. Add all other ingredients and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight to blend flavors.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Sweet and Spicy Pickled Radishes


1 lb. radishes, sliced thin
1/4 C. cilantro, chopped
1 jalapeno, stem removed, finely diced
1 C. distilled white vinegar plus more as needed
2 T. sugar
2 T. kosher salt
1 t. red pepper flakes, optional
1 T. mustard seed


  1. Wash and dry the radishes.
  2. Thinly slice the radishes and add to a large bowl along with the chopped cilantro and diced jalapeño, set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar with the sugar and salt and stir until dissolved. 
  4. Bring mixture to a low boil on the stove, then turn off and allow to cool completely. 
  5. Pack a quart canning jar to the top with the radish/cilantro/jalapeño mixture. 
  6. Pack tightly. 
  7. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes and mustard seed on the top of the packed radishes.
  8. Pour the cooled vinegar mixture over the top of the mixture in the jar, if needed, top off with additional vinegar and a pinch of salt.
  9. Place the lid and ring tightly on the jar and allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours before placing in the refrigerator.
  10. Consume within 7-10 days.

Friday, April 7, 2023

Homemade Pickled Ginger (Gari)


8 ounces fresh young ginger root, peeled
1 ½ t. sea salt
1 C. rice vinegar
⅓ C. white sugar


  1. Slice ginger into paper-thin slices. 
  2. Place in a bowl, sprinkle with sea salt, and stir to coat. 
  3. Let stand for about 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse most of salt from ginger slices, then transfer to a clean lidded jar.
  5. In a saucepan, stir together rice vinegar and sugar until sugar has dissolved. 
  6. Bring to a boil, then pour the boiling liquid over ginger slices in the jar.
  7. Seal the jar. 
  8. After a few minutes, the liquid may change to a slightly pinkish color; don't be alarmed. 
  9. Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 week.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Party Pretzels



4 to 4 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1 pkg. active dry yeast
2 T. sugar
2 1/2 T. salt, divided
1 C. milk
1/2 C. water
2 T. vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten with 1 T. water
Vegetable cooking spray
Coarse salt, Parmesan cheese, poppy, sesame or dill seeds


  1. In a large bowl thoroughly mix 1 1/2 cups four, undissolved yeast, sugar and 1/2 teaspoons salt.
  2. Heat milk, water and oil to 120 to 130 degrees.
  3. Add to dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes at low speed of an electric mixer.
  4. Increase speed to high, beat an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough.
  6. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  7. Place in a bowl coated with vegetable cooking spray.
  8. Cover; let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  9. Punch dough down. Divide dough into 12 portions.
  10. Roll each piece into a 12-inch rope.
  11. To make pretzels, curve ends of each rope to make a circle; cross ends at top.  
  12. Twist ends once and lay down over the bottom of the circle.
  13. Cover shaped pretzels; let rest in a warm, draft-free place for 5 to 10 minutes, until risen slightly.
  14. In a large pot bring 2 quarts of water and remaining 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil; reduce heat to simmer.
  15. Place 4 to 5 pretzels in water; cook 20 seconds, turning once to cook both sides. 
  16. Remove and drain on a wire rack.
  17. Repeat with remaining pretzels.
  18. Place pretzels on baking sheets coated with vegetable cooking spray.
  19. Brush with beaten egg mixture and sprinkle with desired toppings.
  20. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 35 minutes or until done. 
  21. Cool pretzels on wire rack.  
  22. Serve with various spreads or dips, if desired.
If you are looking for Pretzel Buns, but are having a hard time finding them in the store, try using the recipe above, but instead of shaping them into pretzels in Step 10, shape them into round buns.  We did this and they were quite good.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Rice Krispies Treats


3 T. butter
10 oz. Jet-Puffed Marshmallows (about 40) or 4 C. Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
6 C. Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal


  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.  
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.  
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cereal.
  5. Stir until well coated.
  6. Using bettered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.
  7. Cool.
  8. Cut into 2-inch squares.
  9. Best if served the same day.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Original Ranch Snack Mix

2 1/2 C. crisp corn or wheat cereal or a mixture of both
2 1/2 C. small pretzels
2 1/2 C. bite-size cheddar cheese crackers
3 T. vegetable oil
1 packet (1 oz.) Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix

  1. Combine cereal, pretzels, and crackers in a gallon-size zipper bag.
  2. Pour oil over mixture.
  3. Seal bag and toss to coat.
  4. Add dressing mix.
  5. Seal bag and toss again until coated.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Spicy IPA Pickles

4 English Cucumbers, sliced or cut into spears
5 cloves of garlic, minced, per quart jar
1 t. whole peppercorns, per quart jar
2 t. dill seed, per quart jar
1 t. crushed red pepper flakes, per quart jar
1/2 t. Calcium Chloride (aka Pickle Crisp), per quart jar

For Brine:
1 bottle IPA beer, for each 2 jars
3/4 c. distilled vinegar, for each 2 jars - Add extra for slices
3/4 c. apple cider vinegar, for each 2 jars - Add extra for slices
3 T. Kosher salt, for each 2 jars

  1. Add pickle slices/spears to jars snugly.
  2. Add garlic, peppercorns, dill seed, crushed red pepper, Pickle Crisp to each jar.
  3. To prepare brine, add IPA, distilled vinegar, apple cider vinegar, and salt to a large pot.
  4. Bring to a boil.  Be careful not to boil over.
  5. Once mixture boils, turn off heat.
  6. Ladle into jars.
  7. Securely place lids on jars.
  8. Shake jars to distribute seasonings.
  9. Let jars cool on counter for an hour.
  10. Refrigerate for a week to allow flavors to blend.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow)

A fun treat kids love to eat and easy to make too!

1 C. peanut butter
1 C. chocolate chips
2 T. butter or margarine
1 t. vanilla
1 box Rice Chex Cereal, 9 cups
2 C. powdered sugar

  1. Melt together peanut butter, chocolate chops, vanilla, and butter.
  2. Pour over cereal
  3. Pour mixture into a plastic bag with the sugar.
  4. Shake to coat well.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
Prep time:  10 minutes
# of Servings:  a lot!