Granola Bars

September 18, 2009

Since I already had the ingredients for granola, I decided to try my hand at some homemade granola bars. I don’t particularly like store-bought granola bars. They have a weird aftertaste and aren’t really satisfying. These granola bars are filling without being too dense; they are soft, not crunchy, so they’re pretty great on the go. I don’t really eat them as snacks because it’s just too much, but I’ve been carrying them in my bag in case I miss lunch. I also eat one about 45 minutes before heading to the gym.

Word of warning: The original recipe calls for chocolate chips, but I think that makes them too rich. I’m going to stick with dried fruits and nuts the next time I make them.

granola bars

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup wheat germ
1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter (I used chunky)
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup jam (I used strawberry)
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup raisins

Directions:

Combine the rolled oats, whole-wheat flour, wheat germ and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar, peanut butter, honey, jam and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture into the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until completely combined. Add the raisins and chocolate chips and press into an even layer in a lightly greased 9×13″ baking dish. Bake the granola bars at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove the pan from the oven and slice the granola bars immediately. However, let them cool completely in the pan before scooping them out. They’ll be too soft to retain their shape before then.

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Knock-You-Naked Margaritas

July 17, 2009

My friend Patrick introduced me to this frosty little concoction because I have a problem with most margaritas. Specifically, they give me a really bad buzz. I know what you all are thinking: “But Ide! Are you not the same lady who used to drink Superior Grill out of tequila every Thursday night during college?” To which I reply: “Yes. Yes I am. But I’m old now, and I can no longer survive on queso dip and frozen drinks alone.”

Plus, that was still a really bad buzz. Just ask Darren or Joe or anyone else we called to pick us up.

These are different and quite tasty; they won’t actually knock you naked. I promise. It isn’t like that time Gill and I made sangria for Ann Hermes’ going-away party.

Ingredients

1 can frozen limeade concentrate
7-Up
Tequila (Use something classy, like Cuervo Gold. It makes a big difference.)
1 Corona

Pour the frozen limeade concentrate in a pitcher. Fill the empty limeade can up with 7-Up and add it to the pitcher. Fill the can with tequila and add it to the pitcher. (It looks like a lot of tequila, but it’s not; if you don’t believe me, you can cut it down to 3/4 of can.) Pour the bottle of Corona into the pitcher and stir. Serve immediately, on the rocks. Perfect for sitting on the porch during summer months or cursing out Sarah Palin during the vice-presidential debate.