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This is an appetizer I came across in Martha Stewart’s Entertaining book, circa 1998.   These stuffed snow peas caught my eye for an attractive spring treat.  If it wasn’t so darned hot in Texas I might try to grow my own snow peas, green beans sort of worked last year until the drought set in.

Here is how I used Martha’s snow peas to inspire this little bite.

  • cream cheese, room temperature or at least until it’s workable
  • Epicure “3 Onion Dip Mix”  (about 1 tsp per 2 oz cream cheese)
  • 1 tbsp mayo (per 2 oz cream cheese)
  • dash hot sauce

Mix the above until well blended.  Set aside.  Strip the string off the front of the snow pea pods and carefully cut it open but not all the way in half.  Pipe the cream cheese mixture into the opened pods.  Chill before serving.  2 oz of cream cheese will easily fill a dozen pods, any leftovers can be snacked on later with a few crackers.

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Little Sister was at the helm of the KitchenAid mixer for this recipe.  She was supposed to be supervising the making of big chewy cookies, which translates to counting the cups and spoonfuls of ingredients going into the bowl.  She wants to help mommy and I’m more than happy to have her with me learning the craft.

Unexpected things can happen when 2-year-olds bake.

I turned around for a second and Little Sis had grabbed the baking soda box and her measuring spoon.  As my eyes and brain tried to work together, she had already dispensed an unknown amount of the white powder into the bowl.  This would not have been so dramatic except there was whipped butter and a measurement of sugar sitting in the bowl at the time of her “addition”.

I had to guess how much was in there and left it as it was and hoped that it was enough and not too much.

Little Sister was allowed to stay and help.  She was now manager of the M&Ms.

Monster Cookies

Adapted from Chunky Peanut, Chocolate, and Cinnamon Cookies from COOKIES by Martha Stewart Living Magazine

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour (or use all-purpose)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms or Smarties
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.  Cream butter, peanut butter with sugars.  Mix in eggs and vanilla.  Add a little of the flour at a time, then the chocolates.  Chill for 15 minutes (I didn’t).

Drop by large spoonfuls on baking sheets.  Flatten using your palm.  Bake for 10-14 minutes (it will depend on the size of your cookies).

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There are two books I want to tell you about.  The first is a cook book I won from Chef DeHome (thanks again for the beautiful book!).  It is Martha Stewart’s COOKIES and I love this book.  There is a picture of each and every cookie featured in the book.  If you are a fan of her Martha Stewart Living television program, you will remember watching some of these delectable confections come to life.  If only there was smell-a-vision.  At the end there is a section for wrapping your goodies to share with friends and family, all in Martha’s usual whimsical style of color co-ordinated boxes, tissue, and fabric.  I received the book just prior to leaving for the holidays and it was packed and ready to be used at Grandma’s house.  Turned out Grandma made snicker doodles and asked me to bake a cake for Christmas Eve, I read over the recipes during tea and cookie time.  The bonus is not having to download each cookie recipe from the web, now they are all in full color in one place.

The second book is Julie Klam‘s You Had Me At Woof! about her coming into adulthood being led by her trusty companions, Boston Terriers.  I saw this book at the store and Hubby caught me reading it.  I mentioned that it seemed like a good read and it was about Bostons.  Hubby took the very heavy hint and picked up a copy for Christmas.  I finished the book in a matter of days, even with two kids and my own fur baby to take care of.  If you love dogs, own a dog, or want a dog then read this book.  I was laughing, crying, then laughing again by the end.  I will avoid spoiling this quick read and just give it two paws up!

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The answer is…. almost.

New websites and companies love to market to people like me.  I will take almost anything offered for free these days, then again in the state of the economy, wouldn’t you?

I received an email from Papa John’s Pizza telling me I have won a free pizza.  Almost free actually.  Tax, delivery and optional tip were not included.  Given that I had enough points as a repeat customer for a second free pizza, this wasn’t that bad of a deal.  4 bucks for dinner and probably lunch tomorrow too?  Heck yeah!  Mind you, we avoid the greasy pepperoni and opt for grilled chicken instead.  This won’t get around the fat in the cheese and whatever they put into the crust to make it so darn tasty, but it’s (almost) free!

Another nearly free item I picked up was a Krups coffee/spice grinder as a gift for my mother-in-law.  I was going to get this for her last year and missed the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals that I was hoping to catch.  It completely slipped under and around the radar (this can happen when there is a rampant toddler in the house).  Well, this little present for grandma is now on its way to her house thanks to OpenSky, and it was FREE!  OpenSky gives you credit just for signing up and it was enough to actually buy an item on Martha Stewart’s page outright, plus a few dollars to pay for half the shipping.  So again, for 4 bucks I found something I wanted.

Click here to visit OpenSky and shop for your gifts!

I’m hip to this idea too.  I’ve just opened a home business baking Finnish breads and cookies and to help my customer list grow I’m offering a buy 1 get 1 deal until the end of 2011.  So for all you local readers in Austin and Round Rock, check out my bakery page!

 I was not asked to review or comment on the above mentioned companies or products.  These are my opinions! 

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