Cookie Dough Cobbler


Cookie Dough (Cherry) Cobbler:
This cobbler can be made with any fruit-pie filling. Continue reading

PB & J Bars from the Fat Witch Brownies cookbook, by Patricia Helding.


When I went to the Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market, I had a PB & J Bar. It was heavenly!

I bought the two Fat Witch cookbooks. The books are gorgeous inside, with plenty of mouth-watering photographs of the finished product.

My PB & J Bars are out of the oven!

PB & J Bars

PB & J Bars from the Fat Witch Brownies cookbook, by Patricia Helding.

Be aware that every recipe requires a 9×9 inch pan, since that is what the author used in her apartment. (p. 2)

My apartment is smelling so good right now!

This Recipe Contains:
Peanuts (Chunky peanut butter)
Oats (Oatmeal)
Strawberries (Preserves)
Butter

NO Eggs!

Fat Witch Bakery Website

Additional Tags:
egg-less, brownies, bars, bakery

My Goodreads Review:

Fat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars from New York's Legendary Fat Witch BakeryFat Witch Brownies: Brownies, Blondies, and Bars from New York’s Legendary Fat Witch Bakery by Patricia Helding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I went to the Fat Witch Bakery in Chelsea Market, I had a PB & J Bar. It was heavenly!

I bought the two Fat Witch cookbooks. The books are gorgeous inside, with plenty of mouth-watering photographs of the finished product.

I currently have PB & J Bars in the oven!

Be aware that every recipe requires a 9×9 inch pan, since that is what the author used in her apartment. (p. 2)

My apartment is smelling so good right now!

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Snacktime Babble, Episode 4: Define Your Brunch Food


I’m having a party.  A celebration.  A graduation party, and a birthday party, if you will, but also a party to celebrate the multitude of September birthdays in my family.  We are fall and back-to-school people, after all.  Or we were, until us children flew the nest.  Now we go back to visit the folks every fall for the Jewish Holidays and to celebrate some September birthdays.  This year it’s going to be a little different.  Lot’s of new things are happening in my family, including the fact that this party will be held at the folks’ new house.

In the meantime, I’d like to weigh in on some opinions for some party fare.

Are jello shots a brunch food, or should we stick to mimosas? What do you think?

What are some of your favorite food and drink to have at a brunch?

fall jello shots from that's so michelle (1)

 

Jello Shot Recipes, clockwise from top left:
Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2011/11/truth-about-pumpkin-pie-jello-shots.html
Caramel Apple Cheesecake Pudding Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2014/09/caramel-apple-cheesecake-pudding-shots.html
Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/12/apple-cider-and-buttered-rum-jello-shots.html
Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots
http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2013/09/pumpkin-spice-latte-jello-shots-and.html
More Jello Shot ideas at That’s So Michelle http://www.thatssomichelle.com/p/jello-shots.html

Marvel Comics Inspired Cherpumple


Kitchen Overlord Marvel Comics Cherpumple Interior

Kitchen Overlord is a really great site if you are looking to get inspired with geeky, foodie goodness.

Check out Chris-Rachael Oseland‘s recipe for a MARVEL COMICS INSPIRED CHERPUMPLE.

A Cherpumple is short for cherry, pumpkin and apple pie and is defined as several different flavor pies that are baked inside of several different flavors of cake, and then stacked on top of each other.

 

Kitchen Overlord Marvel Comics Cherpumple

THING LAYER has spice cake and apple pie. PHOENIX LAYER has yellow cake, pumpkin pie and green food coloring. DEADPOOL LAYER has chocolate cake and cherry pie.

She also baked mini ones with mini pies!

Kitchen Overlord Marvel Comics Cherpumple Instructions

Doesn’t the blue one look like a TARDIS cake and the brown one resemble a Dalek cake?

 

For the original, printable recipe, by Charles Phoenix, check out his video demonstration for (and click on the following link for) THE CHERPUMPLE “MONSTER” PIE CAKE.

Making Matzo Balls With Preschool Children


The craft of making Matzo Balls can be turned into a fun and educational cooking activity to do with preschoolers ages three to five.  At this point, they already love to play with Play-Doh and mold it with their hands.

Here they can do all of the pouring and mixing steps that are on the box.  After the dough has cooled for a bit in the fridge, which I will have to check on that particular step the next time I have a box, then you can take the bowl out, give each child a place mat or piece of wax paper with a glob of the dough on it, and let them play with it for a while.

While they are playing, you can read a story to them or tell them a shortened Story of Passover.  You can ask them questions, such as what kinds of things do they like to put into their soup?

Fill a soup pot with water.  Do not heat it yet!  Place the pot in the center of the table. Show the children the pot and explain that the matzoh balls will be cooked on the stove, in the pot and not in the oven.

The children will need to roll their dough into balls and place them into the pot, one ball at a time to avoid splashing.

This is a sensory baking project, because unlike most in-school baking activities (i.e. cookies, cakes, etc.), this one allows the children to bake with their hands.  They can feel the stickiness of the dough. They can describe the texture.  They can smell it, and at lunch, they can each taste a matzoh ball with their lunch or snack.

The recipe contains eggs, so you’ll want to make sure that your students are not allergic.  Otherwise you can try Matzoh Pizza which is fun, easy, and can be made in an oven, toaster oven or microwave.

*I have done this cooking activity in a three-year old classroom before.  The preschool where I lead this activity is owned and run by the YMCA.  It was Passover at the time, and of course, Easter time as well.  There were many Easter activities and crafts going on, but of course, not the same could be said for Passover.  So after discussing my idea with the head teacher of the classroom, she felt that it would be a great idea, especially since we also had a few Jewish children in our class.

Overall the activity was a great success.  Children who wanted to participate, did.  During lunch, they were offered a matzoh ball.  Some liked it, from what I remember, especially the Jewish children, who knew what it was!

Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix – 1 Boxes (5 oz). Matzo Balls are a delicious treat that taste great in chicken soup or as a side dish. Enjoy all of our matzo ball, and matzo ball & soup products throughout the year. Makes 9-12 matzo balls Fat free Cholesterol free Lactose free & vegetarian Quality Since 1888 Kosher for Passover / Pareve Made in the USA

Matzo Ball and Soup Mix, 4.5 oz (Pack of 3)
Manischewitz Matzo Ball Mix, 5 oz
Streit’s Matzo Ball Mix
Reduced Sodium Matzo Ball and Soup Mix
This Amazon page instructs you to buy the soup mix at another website (Soup Online), where the preparation directions and nutrition facts are available for viewing. There are also some consumer reviews.

*This post contains Amazon Affiliate Links.  While you do not have to buy these products from Amazon, it can help to have a visual reference if you’d like to see what something looks like.