Monday, March 9, 2015

Kate's Kitchen: Whole Grain Pecan Blondies

Time again to make life imitate art in another chapter of Kate's Kitchen Kapers.  These entries used to be funnier wen I didn't know how to cook.  I know:  I lack entertainment value.  My family's grateful, though.  Here's the picture:  WHOLE GRAIN PECAN BLONDIES.
Cooking Light magazine tells me that, if I want better blondies, I should use a light metal pan.  My pan is dark.  However, the scratches are light.
Line with parchment paper to compensate for unsatisfactory pan.
You may already have these ingredients:

6 T unsalted butter
1/4 C canola oil
1 C packed brown sugar
2 t vanilla extract
2 lg eggs, lightly beaten
6.75 oz. whole wheat flour (about 1 1/2 C)
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/3 C chopped pecans, toasted
baking spray with flour (or, if you're me, baking spray AND flour)
16 toasted pecan halves


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Place butter, oil and sugar in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil.
Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Pour mixture into a large bowl.  Cool for 8 minutes.
Stir in vanilla and eggs.

Who's a lucky girl?  I am!  I am!  Having a scale makes measuring flour easier.  Faster.  I am the bionic flour measurer.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; stir with a whisk.

Add flour mixture and chopped pecans to butter mixture; stir until completely combined.
Scrape mixture into an 8-inch square light-colored baking pan coated with pan spray and flour.  Smooth the top.
Arrange pecan halves in 4 x 4 rows.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 24 minutes.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Marvel at the beauty of your creation.  Your kids will say, "Wow, Mom.  Way to go with the portion-control nuts."

Monday, March 2, 2015

February Ends in Pictures

 Today was unusual - I was home alone all day.  How very odd!  I woke to this empty bed:  Chuck left early to go to a rugby coaching workshop.

 Then I ventured downstairs, where I saw that my father-in-law's bed was also empty. He had hit the road for his return to Illinois.
 Our friends John and Rebecca, who had spent the night, were gone, too.  It's the House of Empty Beds.

 Mmmmm... nothing better than a little slimy spinach, huh, Tobi?
 Whooo!  The tile's so bright, I gotta wear shades!

 "Alif the Unseen" includes this super-cool map!

 Here cones the snow...

 On Facebook, there was a story about a house from the mid-Fifties that was fully finished, but never lived in.  Check out these pictures!
 Remember these stove buttons?

 It's starting to get late.  Chuck and I have plans to meet friends for pizza at 6:30.  I can't reach him:  I'll bet he has his phone turned off.  Maybe I had better push our date back to 700?
 When you become a landlord, you get a lot of keys.

 He's still not back.  Guess I'll change and get ready without him.  Maybe he can meet us at the pizza place.
 Does this face look worried?
 THERE he is!!

 Supper with Holly and Drake!