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Medicine or Candy Bars? 
Jul. 28, 2012 11:38 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2012 6:48 am
I have no updates to share re: my new medical issue, but at least now I'm more at ease, and can share what I know...  The hygenist found a "spot" when she cleaned my teeth.  Two weeks later, the dentist called it a LUMP.  A spot didn't worry me much, but as a "lump" and being told things like "need a biopsy" and, "will require out-patient general anesthesia.." well, I know enough about medicine to not like the sounds of all this, and my head grabbed the ball and ran to all kinds of places that it had no business going!  Next step, skip the "dental surgeon" my dentist wanted me to see, and opt for my MD to carry this issue into the "medical" field - I've much better MEDICAL insurance than my dental!  Stalled in the water, as it were, but at least more at ease now....  I must thank you all for the support that I've received after having vanished for a while, it means a lot to me!

Meanwhile, one thing that I did make while I was AWOL from allrecipes, is a version of one of my fav candy bars...  I imagine that I've shared, that more than craving sweets, I crave salty/crunchy.  Hand me a bag of potato chips, and you'll never find more than crumbs in a bag! 

I don't often buy a candy bar, and when I do, it's a matter of just what my taste buds are craving...  Peppermint and dark chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate...  One of my all time choices has been a bar called a "Payday."  Can't even tell you which maker of confections produces this salty but sweet morsel, but when the mood hits, it will hit the spot!  So, a number of weeks ago now, I found a recipe to "make your own," Salty Nut Bars.

Thinking that after a trip to grocery that I had all of the required ingredients, I was dismayed to discover that I was missing peanut butter chips!  I hummed and hawed, and finally thought that I didn't recall the filling as being all that peanut flavored.  Totally unlike me, and perhaps the first time in my cooking efforts, I decided to "wing" it, and sub the chips.  So, here's the original recipe that I found at for


1 can sweetened condensed milk (such as Eagle brand)
2+1/2 tbls butter
12 ozs peanut butter chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
16 ozs dry roasted peanuts

spread 1/2 of the nuts in a 9x13 baking pan.  Melt first 4 ingredients in a heavy saucepan.  Pour over nuts, and spread.  Top with remaining nuts.  (next time, I'll press it into the pan at this point.)

If the recipe said to spray the pan with cooking spray, I neglected to write that down, but I would recommend it - at least the way I made it I would have thought my version to be less likely to stick... it did anyway!  I also found that 16ozs of nuts simply wasn't enough...

Well, friends, be happy, be healthy, be crazy... and thanks again - I'll keep you posted on the spot/lump in my throat as I learn more!
Jul. 29, 2012 3:19 am
Salted Nut Rolls ROCK! Being a peanut lover I often keep a bag of the crunchy/salty delights in my bag for those moments when my blood sugar starts to slide and I need quick energy. Payday bars have always been one of my favorites with Reese's peanut butter cups a close second and mounds a solid third. It never dawned on me though to try making my own. Thank you for sharing this idea Stevie! All the best to you, may your spotty lump mind its manners and not cause you any more upset.
Jul. 29, 2012 4:12 am
hey Stevie,you are sounding better,and the salted nut roll sounds sooo good, might have to make know everyone here is wishing you well,this is a family and we worry about each family member,i am sending you good thoughts and prays my well...Judy
Jul. 29, 2012 10:37 am
Having recently become hooked on sweet and salty nut bars, consider myself lucky that I fell upon this blog today! Never knew what the base was that held it all together. Ingredients are already written down for my next week shopping - I'll use large dark chocolate chips, peanuts and I think I'll throw in some almonds too. Thanks for posting. One question, are they sticky to handle once they're set?
Jul. 29, 2012 11:31 am
I loves sweets and it is fun trying to make homemade candy bars. You can't go wrong with salted nut rolls. Thanks for sharing!
Jul. 29, 2012 1:00 pm
I wonder if Mr. Harvey has gotten back from vacation, he would have some wonderful support for you too! Do you think I could sub another chip for the peanut butter ones? I am with you and it is a good thing we don't have to fight over the chip bag :) One of my favorite things in summer is to dig fresh potatoes and make homemade chips. Umm, there are never left overs. I do find as I get older sweet, salty and spicy snacks hit the spot. Positive thoughts coming your way!
Jul. 29, 2012 3:34 pm
Vicky, welcome to my blog... the crazykitchen wanders the world, and once in a while when something's on my mind, there's no "food" in the topic. Let me know how you like the recipe! (I've not made it "proper" yet!) Be well, and come by any time!
Jul. 29, 2012 3:37 pm
Judy, thanks for the "well wishes!" I knew you'd be sending your thoughts my way! Seems you once told me that you've trouble with "sugar" time to time... be warned, the bars a GREAT, but ingredients are peanuts, sugar, sugar, and more sugar! Be well friend, and hope you enjoy them (in moderation, if need be!)
Jul. 29, 2012 3:44 pm
sweet cook, welcome to the crazykitchen! Per the bars, they do get a bit sticky as you're finishing the last bite or three! lol! You'll be licking your fingers! I also have one bar left, and a whole pan of yummies to scrape off and enjoy, minus the nuts, of course! I haven't bought a "Payday" lately, but I'd say the filling in less peanut butter, and more caramel... I've kept the pan in the frige which makes it more difficult to get them out of the pan, but they warm up from body heat as you're munching. Dang, I'm gonna have to get more stuff, and make another batch! Be well, and stop in often....
Jul. 29, 2012 3:47 pm
MySweetCreations, you're welcome! I've enjoyed making all sorts of stuff from scratch of late... wonton wrappers, pasta, salty nut rolls! Never know what the crazy adventures on the internet will turn up, or what the crazykitchen will turn out! Be well!
Jul. 29, 2012 3:54 pm
Cat, thanks again for your support! I subbed the peanut chips with white chocolate, and they were awesome! The nuts I'd bought were super salty though, which I think made them better (for the taste buds, not health!) "Hate you" for making your own tater chips! And from home grown spuds, to boot! Bring your green thumb out this way, would you please? Be well friend!
Jul. 29, 2012 5:02 pm
I like Junior mints, and Sugar daddies, but have not had any since January.
Jul. 29, 2012 5:10 pm
My husband would love your recipe. Thanks for sharing! I'm sorry for your medical scare. To me the not knowing is always the worst part. I hope all goes well for you and you get good results. You have lots of people pulling for you! Potatoes are so easy to grow. I couldn't believe it when my father in law showed me how. Not much effort and they are so worth it!
Jul. 29, 2012 7:04 pm
King,junior mints are ok.... give me York peppermint patty (?) ummmm.... If I'm gonna do it, I want to go all the way! Be well!
Jul. 29, 2012 7:09 pm
iceemama, I happen to have a bunch of tater's growing all sorts of stuff. Can't plant them in the yard, the grass will kill them, plus last months water bill $103 and all we were trying was to keep alive what we've got! Hopefully I can figure a way to plant these babies, and keep them alive... "Summer" can't last forever! Enjoy the recipe, and thanks for stopping by!
Jul. 30, 2012 12:00 am
Glad to see you are playing in the kitchen. I never thought of making my own candy bars - what a great (or not) idea. Mixing salty and sweet is such a satisfying taste. If you make another batch, line the pan with foil, spray the foil then add the candy. When it sets take the foil out of the pan and cut the bars then do your thing. I learned that from making fudge. I have to dig through my cookbooks for you, I know I have a recipe for peppermint patties that come very close to York's. Sending more prayers.
Jul. 30, 2012 7:35 am
York peppermint patty's are my moms favorite, she is 80+
Jul. 30, 2012 10:08 am
BigShotsMom, thanks for the tip... guess had I thought about it I might have done something different, but... live and learn, right? I'd love that recipe, tho I may have one in my many cookbooks, will look also! Meanwhile, be well!
Jul. 30, 2012 10:11 am
King, my mom only dislikes one kind of "sweet..." If it has no chocolate, she doesn't like it! lol... well not totally true, but you get the idea. Be well, friend!
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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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