Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I found this on facebook. Oh my goodness they look good, and I’ve been on a kick to make it myself instead of buying it (if at all possible).

So, here is my attempt. It did come out much better than some of those Pinterest recreation horrors I’ve seen, but with only two ingredients, what could go wrong?

1. Melted the chocolate and put a thin layer in the cupcake liners. I used dark (60%) chocolate which is my favorite.










2. Got the peanut butter flattened after leaving it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. I used a natural peanut butter from Trader Joes.










3. Put a round of peanut butter in each cup.










4. Covered the top with a bit more chocolate.










5. Finished pruduct!











And they are yummy, yummy!


Yogurt Cheese

Still experimenting with things to do with Greek Yogurt. My latest attempts were all about making cheese – this ended up close to cream cheese in both texture and taste.

I began with plain yogurt, a sieve, a bowl and a couple of tea towels.

Sieve goes in bowl. Towel covers sieve. Yogurt is scooped out and placed right on the towel.

I did this last night and put it in the fridge. I also put a plastic plate over it in the fridge.

This morning, I pulled the towel out with the yogurt on it and put a dry towel into the sieve and then turned the yogurt into the fresh towel. Lid back on, and put it back in the fridge.

This afternoon when I got home from school, it did indeed have a taste and consistency very close to cream cheese.

Chocolate Wine?

My friend Wendy mentioned this on FB, so I went looking for a recipe to see what it had in it.

From the food network:


  • 1 bottle Zinfandel wine
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1-ounce quality milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • Cocoa powder, to garnish


In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat boil the wine until reduced by half.

Meanwhile, bring the milk to a boil. Place the chocolate in a small mixing bowl and pour the reduced wine over the top and whisk making sure all of the chocolate is melted. Pour half of the hot milk into the chocolate mixture and whisk to blend.

With the remaining milk, froth with a hand blender or a milk frother.

Pour the chocolate wine mixture into small cups and spoon some of the milk froth over the top, garnish with cocoa powder and serve hot.

mmmmm donno that it sounds that good . . .

Oopsies – a bread substitute

These are called Oopsies.

I found the recipe online looking for a bread substitute and found these at Your Lighter Side. They were easy enough to make and pretty tasty. They are bun size and kind of like a medium firm meringue.

Basic Recipe:

  • 3 eggs separated
  • 3 ounces of cream cheese (not softened)
  • cream of tartar (1/8 tsp)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • greased baking sheet

Whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff in a bowl. Mix the other ingredients in another bowl. I used a blender for the other ingredients and then poured it over the whites to fold in.

Place large spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheet. This will make six bun-sized pieces. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, then remove and place on a cooling rack.

I made the first batch following the recipe exactly except I didn’t have any tartar and I substituted 1/4 tsp on baking powder.

Second batch, I wanted to find out if I could use plain yogurt (which I always have plenty of) instead of cream cheese (which I rarely have), so I plopped three heaping teaspoons into the blender with the egg yolks and salt and added some chile pepper powder. The second batch was just a good.

You can add whatever you want to the yolk mixture for flavor. You could add chocolate powder, instant coffee, splenda for sweet ones as well as any extract. You could add any herb or spice for savory ones. Lots of possibilities.

Jalapeño Cilantro Hummus

Wow! This is some good stuff. I got mine at Whole Foods today, but here is a recipe that looks about right:

Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
CDKitchen http://www.cdkitchen.com
Serves/Makes: 2 cups    |   Difficulty Level: 3    |   Ready In: < 30 minutes

2 cloves garlic
2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
3 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced

Place garlic in a food processor and process until minced, about 10 seconds. Add beans, lime juice and salt. Process into a puree. With the processor running, slowly add olive oil in a steady stream through the feed tube. Process until mixture thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Add cilantro and jalapeno and pulse throughout, about 10 seconds. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Location: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/139/Cilantro_Jalapeno_Hummus43042.shtml
Recipe ID: 10582

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