Baileys Irish Dream Truffles

It’s getting to be St. Patrick’s Day is a few weeks time and while I am in no way Irish, I do live in Boston, so the town is full of faux-Irish, as it were. And as with any holiday, it is just a good excuse to make something sort of, somehow related to that holiday. So I made these truffles. OK, I probably didn’t need to put the green nonpareils on there, but they are to distract you from the not-so-good look of the truffles themselves. They taste great, but I am not very talented with the whole “dipping in chocolate” part.
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Coconut + Spiced Rum Drinking Chocolate

Hot chocolate. One of those great winter traditions. And while I am sick of winter (it must be spring soon …. right?), this cocktail seemed the perfect thing for a cold-but-clear Friday. Note that if you omit the rum, it is actually a great “virgin” coconut hot chocolate for the kiddos as well.
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The Coconut Snowball

The Friday Cocktails return (at least this week) for this lovely winter (or tropical, depending on how you want to see it) gem. I’ve seen a similar recipe floating around the interwebs as “Sex on a Snowbank, but I think that would need more booze [wink, wink]
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Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake

Apparently yesterday was National Pancake Day. Who knew? Well, actually I knew after I saw about 50 foodie blog / recipe / retail references to it. But not knowing before hand, I wasn’t really with it. Oh well. Anyway, after seeing those fifty or so references, I had a craving, so I made this for breakfast. The pancake for lazy people. Pass the syrup please.
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Sweet Snacks

Chocolatey Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

A few weeks ago, a friend asked me if I could make “Energy/Protein Bars that don’t break the bank”. A box of 12 of the kind that he likes costs $25, which is $2.08 per bar. To be honest, I didn’t think that it was possible, and this experiment pretty much proved it: cost per bar ended up at $1.88, not including my time. Nuts, dried fruit, coconut butter, cocoa powder and nibs … all very pricey. I could probably bring the price down for 10 or 15 cents if I bought in huge volumes / bulk, but seeing this was an experiment, I went with normal sized purchases. Also, never having made energy bars before (and to be honest, I never really even thought about making them before now), I didn’t know how they would turn out, or if he would like them. If you like energy bars, these are pretty good. If you are “eh” on the topic of energy bars, you might not like them. I think that they are “good not great”.

Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no bake… all that.
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