Thursday, January 27, 2011

Macadamia Butterscotch Bars

More days this winter have kept us locked up in the house than I can remember.   This week there was a day that was so cold, you had to go back 10 in years in New York to find a matching temperature.  Being stuck in the house isn’t necessarily the worst thing that can happen.  Especially if you take upon yourself to lift everyone’s spirits with a rich, gooey treat.  These Macadamia Butterscotch Bars fit the bill perfectly. 
John Barricelli
The recipe comes to us by way of John Barricelli.  A regular on Martha Stewart’s television show in the past and the host of “Everyday Baking from Everyday Food, another Martha Stewart Omnimedia production, I’m sure he’ll show up on her new half hour “Martha Bakes” series starting January 31st on the Hallmark Channel. (Martha wrote the foreword to the SoNo book.)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Chicken Mont Marthe

       When I was growing up, thrift was highly valued in our house. It didn’t really have much to do with how much we had or didn’t have.  I don't know how many of my readers know this but the Scots are notoriously thrifty.  And my family being Scots to the core on my Mother's side, bordered on insanely thrifty.   It was an article of faith that ‘waste not, want not.’  I could come up with about ten more aphorisms about pennies saved being pennies earned. That and any number of old saws that were called on to explain things like re-using Christmas wrapping paper for years and hoarding string and Godiva chocolate boxes.  
      I have never outgrown this  fixation with thrift .  Especially where food is concerned.  I think expiration dates should be questioned, that we throw away far too much before its time and that whenever possible leftover anything should be incorporated into new meals. 
        That being said, I am guilty of forgetting what’s in the vegetable bin. Of not wrapping the cheese so it doesn’t dry out.  Of finding things more suitable for making penicillin that re-using in another recipe.  I won’t call it a New Year’s Resolution but after a particularly harrowing refrigerator clean out, I vowed to go back to my thrifty roots.  This dish came to mind as a way of doing just that.