If you think I didn’t cook or bake during those 3 months I spent writing about Europe, I’m here to tell you I did! A lot, in fact; I just didn’t take step-by-step pics or save recipes because I knew I could never write about it all. Here are some highlights.
I made cheezcake brownies and topped them with a white chocolate spread I bought in Greece.
Coconut ice cream! I don’t use my homemade ice cream maker nearly enough. I made this with coconut milk and soy creamer.
These white chocolate chip-peanut butter swirl blondies came out so good that I never even remembered to take a post-baking pic.
Something savory: an improvised spinach-walnut pesto (cheeseless, of course) that turned out great. I think I still have some of this in my freezer; I’m going to have to break that out soon.
These are some crispy chocolate oat bars I made for a party.
More party treats: simple-but-tasty applesauce-golden raisin-oatmeal cookies.
Even more party food: Lichtenauer family brownies. It’s my grandma Nanny’s recipe.
I am the blondie queen! These chewy butterscotch blondies were, again, so good that I forgot to take a picture after cutting them.
A deep chocolate snack cake. I dusted this with powdered sugar before serving.
In October, Matt took me to Phantom’s Feaste, which is a post-Renaissance Festival, “spooky” late-night stage show with wine and snacks served. I had a couple glasses of Merlot, some table peanuts, and some tortilla chips, but needless to say, I wasn’t interested in the cheese dip and chicken wings they served. An inquiry to our kind waitress produced this giant platter of celery, red bell pepper, crackers, and a ton of grapes! It made awesome finger food to accompany the show.
Finally, here is one last moist, chocolatey brownie. And I’ve barely even touched on my blondie-and-brownie kick—in addition to all the ones you see here, I must have baked at least half a dozen more!