Homemade Muesli with Apricots and Raisins

Yesterday was the day I finally got around to making this homemade muesli/cereal from Bill Grangers book Bills Sydney Food. Most people know I’m pretty much in love with the bills chain of restaurants and the food that comes out of his kitchen. See here and here and here to see more about bills recipes. The decision to try out this muesli recipe came after I finally gave up my obsession with Just Right Cereal. What’s Just Right you’re asking? Only what was the best Australian cereal produced by Kellogg’s until the end of 2013. That’s when everything changed. Read on to learn more!

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How to Make Half A Batch Of Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs

Snow snow and more snow. Oh and another polar vortex. That’s the theme for winter this year. It’s not much fun but it really is the perfect weather to stay at home and bake this Ina Garten peanut butter glob cookie recipe. It takes some willpower but you *can* halve a peanut butter glob recipe and make 10 cookies instead of 20 cookies. I’ve made it even easier by halving all the ingredients including some of the trickier ones. So you have no excuse!

Even 10 cookies between two people feels like a bit much. Which is why we gave some cookies away to friends after doing some Chinese New Year Yu Sheng tossing of salads.


By the way these globs are delicious. I’m always a bit hesitant when a recipe calls for the addition of coffee but I think it really works with this recipe. The combination of chocolate, two types of nuts and peanut butter chips is pretty impressive. Ina has certainly got a winning recipe on her hands here.

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Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

I think it was a pickle festival on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2008 that really sparked my interest in all things pickles. Before then I’d tolerate pickles, mostly ignoring the obligatory pickle served on the side of a burger or diner type meal. As a kid I wasn’t really too interested in them either. I think they were just too sour for my fussy little taste buds. But I do have fond memories of my Dad opening up his favorite can of Israeli pickles or my Mom preparing a batch of her own home made pickle varieties. But I have no memory of ever really eating one. 10 year old me would think “Pickles? Bleh!”

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After that LES festival and all the free samples you could want I really developed a taste, no craving for pickles. But at that stage I was more interested in the consumption and not so much creation of pickled goodness. All that changed after a great little gift from a friend who picked up on my keen interest in pickles. One year she had no choice but to start pickling all the cucumbers that grew in her garden. She didn’t know what else to do with them. I bombarded her with so many questions.  “How do you do it? What kind of equipment do you need? How long does it take? Is this process related to canning? Will I make myself sick if I mess up a step?” She assured me that it was quite a simple process and then one day she surprised me with a little pickle gift. She brought me everything I’d need to make my own pickles, all tucked into a cute 1 quart jar and the rest is history. Thanks BD!

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