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Chocolate, Almond and Goji Berry Bars PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 11:20



I love almonds. But now with the drought in California, eating them is making me feel a wee bit guilty.


One little almond consumes a gallon of water. And together, the almond crop gulps up 1.7 trillion gallons per year. Glug, glug, glug.


So, I'm probably going to assuage my guilt by taking them off of the grocery list for awhile. But I'm going to eat the ones we still have in the pantry – and I'm going to eat them in style.


These bars are special for another reason too. My brother-in-law gave us dried goji berries.


Now, I'm not going to delude myself and say the goji berry's health benefits offset the butter in these bars. I'm just going to relax and enjoy them, whether it's with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.


They're simple to make, decadent and delicious. In other words, my kind of dessert! (Minus the almond guilt, of course.)


Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 17:52


In honor of The Gilmore Girls finally coming out on Netflix streaming (and because it's autumn – the perpetual season in Stars Hollow) - it only seemed right to make a sweet dessert.

I was inspired by the following exchange to make an apple tart.

Lorelai: “I can live without the apple tarts.”
Rory: “You've made up songs after eating five of them with lyrics that contradict that last statement. “

It's a little less elaborate than something Chef Sookie St. James might make, but it goes mighty fine with a cup of coffee.

And that's something that's vitally important when you're marathoning The Gilmore Girls.

Frozen Grapes: They're Like Candy PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Friday, 15 February 2013 22:50


Last week I was talking with my mother when she asked if I had ever eaten frozen grapes. I told her that I hadn't, and in fact I'd never even heard of them.


She made them sound appetizing as a sweet snack or as a “grape cube” in a drink. So, when I went to the grocery store yesterday I decided to pick up a batch that were on sale. When I reached for the bag, I had a conversation from a book pop into my head.


“We can take a shorter drive," Laura answered. "But we want to go to Lake Henry. This is about our last chance for wild grapes, now they are frosted,"Almanzo told her.


That's when I remembered that I had read about frozen grapes in These Happy Golden Years, my favorite Laura Ingalls Wilder book.


(Yes, I'm a grown woman who can quote Little House books. Don't judge me.)


Banana Pudding (By Special Guest Blogger Kelee Maddox) #SundaySupper PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:00


Vermonters are so confused about banana pudding, bless their hearts. They think it is a banana-flavored pudding. Banana pudding is actually a vanilla pudding layered with vanilla wafers and sliced bananas. You must dig down through all the layers and spoon out a whole section like a lasagna to get the full effect. It is a very traditional southern dessert made from sugar, milk, flour, eggs, and bananas that was somehow altered into a weird concoction made from boxes of pudding, cool whip, canned milk, and boxes of 'nilla wafers.


My mother was known for her incredible banana pudding that graced many potluck, picnic, and dinner tables. This is her recipe, and like many of her recipes it is from Bell's Best 2, which is a cookbook that was put together by the Mississippi Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America in the 1980s. I cannot even begin to guess what the connection is between telephone pioneers and recipes, but the two volumes of this cookbook are a nice foundation for home cooking in Mississippi.


It is true that you can make banana pudding from the boxed Vanilla Wafers, but I don't know why you would. This recipe is simple and with minimal ingredients and the result is exponentially better than the boxed ones. This recipe is hand-written on a slip of paper that stays in my Mama's cookbook. I don't know who to credit with it because I don't recognize the handwriting.

Mom's bourbon balls PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 09 January 2012 20:24


My mother and I had plans to get together to make bourbon balls before New Year's, but not surprisingly living in Vermont, the weather can play havoc with the best laid plans. So, she made them and photographed them as an early 2012 present for all of us.


And these little balls of boozy goodness are some of the best things you will eat this year.


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