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A creation emerges? 
May 19, 2011 11:02 pm 
Updated: May 20, 2011 6:55 pm
Evening, all.  I've spent the last two hours looking at my binders of favorite recipes... well, and some I've yet to make.  Guess I could start pulling some of them!  Then again, I did save them for some reason or another!  After that little endeaver, I took a long look at the recipes I chose for the bar cookies the other day...  Not pleased with the time it took to make the topping (as I made it,) I've decided to share  (ok, PRETEND) that I used the alternate...  IF I ever make this again, I will try the alternate... but frankly that's a pretty big "IF" in the long run...  Now, come to think of it, I wonder if anyone has posted a similar rec. here at AR... never dawned on me to check!

So, here's what I did in a nutshell:  Baked the cookie base, using flour, sugar, butter, and a hint of almond extract.  Once it had adequately cooled, I made the filling of a can of almond paste (why did I ever buy THAT?) adding to it sugar, chopped apricots and some apricot preserves, cream cheese, eggs and lemon juice.  (What, I'm not our of lemon juice YET?)  Baked that  till what I thought was set, but after eating another "bar" a while ago, I've decided to refrigerate the pan, rather than leave at room temp.  Once the filling had cooled, I melted white choc. morsels with heavy cream, spread that on top, sprinkled with sliced almonds, and let it all sit till hours later.  (Truth?  I made the topping of chips and butter... took forever to melt and blend!) 

In the end, they turned out pretty tastey... I'm just  not sure how often I'm going to toddle down the baking isle looking for almond paste.  I imagaine if I put my thinking cap on, I could come up with an alternate filling, also, but for now, I'll leave it all be as is! 

As for today, I truly did NOTHING that I had hoped to... I did not change the bedding on my bed, I did not sweep and mop the bedroom floor, nor did I get to the grocery... wasn't I just there?  Many of the coupons I wish to use expire the 21st, and as I won't be home... guess I'll have to get moving tomorrow, and get that chore done... AGAIN!

Dinner was a hurried fix of scalloped potatoes and ham with creamed corn on the side.  I managed to partially micro cook to save some time... without them boiling over for once!  Perhaps another portion of my binder cookbooks, a section on micro cooking some of the trickier dishes, anyway.  It's only been the last year or so that I realized many dishes need full power zap for a few in the beginning, then reduced power for the reaminder of cooking time.  Probably doesn't help either, that the book I use as a reference is probably 40 yrs old, and written for far less wattage ovens than my current 1100 W !!  I have a newer book, unfortunately it has been little more than useless for much of what I want to do with the micro!  Regardless, I do as I can, and repeat (as I can remember, anyway,) as I've done in the past for dishes I've succeeded in producing.

Well, all, having just taken a look at the clock, I'm guessing that I really should be thinking about turning in soon, once the meds are taken, the lights all turned out... yada, yada, yada!

remember, be healthy, be happy, be crazy!

May 20, 2011 3:04 am
hey Stevie,your bar recipe sounds good, as does the rest of your meal,i know what you mean about doing nothing on the to do list, i even canceled my Dr. appt yesterday ...just didn't feel like leaving the house..if we don't get sun soon i'm going to fall off the deep end...lol...looks like you was going to bed about the time i was getting up...i get up at 3:40 east coast time i believe that would be 11:40 your time..any way have a good Friday ..ttyl friend...Judy
May 20, 2011 6:55 pm
beg to differ, Judy... I was up till 3am here... 6 in your mornining! HATE when I shop that time of day... ordered some movies I think I'll enjoy! Agatha Christie's character "Miss Marple" starring Dame Margaret Rutherford (the set, of course!) and I found a video of Wayland Flowers and "Madame," in Manhattan! Will be great for a giggle, despite her "trucker's mouth!" Part of the fun of it all, I guess... Discovered last night that Wayland died of AIDS related cancer in the '80s... Quite a loss if you ask me, but that's just my opinion! Back later, maybe...
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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