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Something Old Tries Something New!

Where to begin? 
Feb. 25, 2011 6:37 am 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2011 5:16 am
So I turned 40 last year. To some that may sound ancient. To others I may be a "kid" but since I am the youngest of 5 kids it sounds old to me! I've always loved to cook. I've owned 2 restaurants but this recession has been hard on us. We lost our business and our home. We made a 1700 mile move and started over. It's been a rough couple of years. My way of relieving stress has always been to cook for people. I love it. I love the look of bliss on their face when I get something just right and the taste is as close to heaven as a living person can get. So with the new year I started a new plan. I was going to try as many new recipes as I could. Collect all the good ones into spiral notebooks to pass on to my kids. I thought about typing it out and having it professionally bound but some of my most treasured recipes are the ones that are hand-written from my mom and grandmother. I can run my hand across the stained and faded script and feel their love for me and for cooking. It may sound corny but I want that for my kids too.  So that is what I am doing...trying something new. Blogging is new to me too so forgive any minor indiscretions and be kind as I stumble my way through making mistakes as a way of learning. Here's one of the first new dessert recipes I've tried. I've made it twice now so I think it's safe to say this one is a keeper!

Raspberry Chocolate Bars

- 1 c flour
- 1/4 c powdered sugar
- 1/2 c butter (no substitutions)
- 1/2 c seedless raspberry jam
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 c white chocolate chips
- 2 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate squares

1.   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl combine flour and powdered sugar. Cut in butter; mix well. Press mixture into a 8 inch square baking dish. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly brown. Allow to cool completely.

2.   Spread jam evenly over cooled crust.

3.   In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and milk together until smooth; set aside.

4.   In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the white chocolate chips and add to the cream cheese mixture; beat until smooth. Spread evenly over raspberry mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

5.   Cut chocolate squares into small pieces and melt with shortening in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Spread over white chocolate layer. Cool completely before cutting into small squares. Store in the fridge.

Raspberry Chocolate Bars
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Feb. 25, 2011 6:48 am
Hi, I'm a new blogger here too. I also owned a couple of restaurants but recently retired due to health issues. I feel like I dodged a bullet retiring when I did with the mess that the economy is in. My daughter-in-law and I put together a collection of recipes from ourselves, relatives and friends. We printed them up and made a spiral bound soft covered book with a picture of my young grandson in cooking garb proudly holding some miniature pineapple upside down cakes he made on the front. We gave them out for Christmas presents a few years ago and the response was so wonderful! It was a lot of work but really worth it. I look forward to hearing more from you. My blogs are under "poker playing chef."
Feb. 25, 2011 11:14 am
My Mom made a cookbook for me with all handwritten recipes when I was married almost 14 years ago, it is SO precious to me, as is some "rules for life" my Great Gram wrote in her handwriting for me when I graduated from HS. It's not corny at all to want to do that for your kids. And that recipe looks delicious too by the way! :)
Mar. 2, 2011 7:52 am
welcome to blogging, you are off to a great start
Mar. 20, 2011 5:16 am
I have never written a blog or responded to one but I was touched by yours. I hope your new venture is successful. The recipe sounds delish. I hope to try it. There is nothing like memories and recipes written by those we love and have loved. A wonderful start!
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Married to a wonderful man for over 21 years now. He'll eat almost anything as long as it doesn't have peas in it! We have 2 teenage boys who can swoop in and ravage a refrigerator quicker than a pack of hyenas on a carcass! I like simple recipes that deliver an unbelievable product.
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Definitely desserts!
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Holiday baking with my mom. I still bake WAY to much stuff for the holidays!
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Finally making fried chicken that my husband LOVED!
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Almost anything with yeast turns out bad if I make it. However, I am determined to conquer my yeasty foe!
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