Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tis the season ...

To eat of course!

I've started my holiday baking, and I have to tell you I'm in love with - Lot's of recipes, with reviews on each recipe. This way, you have a pretty good idea of what the outcome will be.

Here are a few I've found recently that are quite yummy - and kid friendly too.

we'll start off with the official recipe for Nanaimo bars - directly from the City of Nanaimo website:


The Legendary Nanaimo Bar

Nanaimo Bars

According to local legend about 35 years ago, a Nanaimo housewife entered her recipe for chocolate squares in a magazine contest. In a burst of civic pride, she chose to dub the entry not "Daphne's Delights" or "Mary's Munchies", but "Nanaimo Bars". The entry won a prize, thereby promoting the town as much as her cooking. Some American tourists claim sovereignty over the dessert, referred to as "New York Slice" which is sold in many other places in the world. Nanaimo residents refuse to accept this theory, however, believing that once you set foot on Vancouver Island, there are no other places in the world. The official Nanaimo Bar recipe was available as a handout as well as on quality tea towel and apron souvenirs.

In 1986, Nanaimo Mayor Graeme Roberts, in conjunction with Harbour Park Mall, initiated a contest to find the ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe. During the four-week long contest, almost 100 different variations of the famous confection were submitted. The winner: Joyce Hardcastle."

Check out the site for the recipe

Mint Chocolate Cookie Crunch - really yuumy! I eased up on the mint to about half to make it edible for my kids.

Chocolate Brittle Surprise - I used graham crackers instead of the saltines - as that's what I had. These are really, really good!

Homemade Marshmallows - These are fantastic! You really can't compare them to those blobs that come in bags at all.

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