recipe: sea salt almond clusters

Ingredients:

3 cups whole almonds
1 ½ cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
white sugar
sea salt

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Spread almonds onto a baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove from oven.

2. Put chocolate into a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Place in microwave, cooking for 40 seconds at a time. Stir frequently, until chocolate is melted.

3. Remove chocolate from microwave. Stir in almonds, completely covering each one.

4. Spoon a cluster of chocolate-covered almonds onto a baking sheet (I tried for 10 per cluster). Repeat until cookie sheet is full. Sprinkle with sea salt and sugar. Put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour in order to set. Clusters will keep for about one month!

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favorite fridays.

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rhubarb mush.

i first tried rhubarb mush when i was living overseas in switzerland. growing up, rhubarb had always been one of my favorite treats, whether it was in pie, cake, or muffins. it was a treat that my mum or baba would only make for us during the summertime, and i thought of it as a rare and delicious luxury.

a few years ago, i moved just outside of zurich, switzerland where i was a nanny for four small children. although it was only for a short period of time, one of the things that i valued most from that experience was the introduction to many different kinds of foods. the children’s grandmother learned of my love for rhubarb, and so she made me this rhubarb dish in hopes of curing my homesickness. i call it rhubarb mush, which may not be the most appealing name. rhubarb sauce would be more appropriate, but the process of turning the stocks into mush has always stuck with me.

regardless of the name, this is one of my favorite treats.

rhubarb mush

(this recipe is only for 2 cups of rhubarb. i generally try to make around 6-8 cups of rhubarb, which is the perfect amount to be shared by many people. for larger batches, just alter the measurements accordingly.)

2 cups rhubarb

1/4 cup water

1/3 cup brown sugar

medium saucepan

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1. gather your rhubarb together. remove the leaves and wash the stocks.

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2. chop into small pieces.

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3. combine rhubarb with water into a pot.

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4. boil over medium heat until the rhubarb turns soft, about 10 minutes.

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5. every few minutes, mash the mixture until it turns into ‘mush’.

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6. turn down the heat, then add sugar. cook for a few more minutes on low.

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7. remove from heat and let cool. then eat it by itself, on top of pie or ice cream, or whatever your heart desires!

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for an even tastier treat, mix in applesauce with your rhubarb mush. sprinkle in some cinnamon and let your taste buds wallow in the flavor!

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favorite fridays.

betty crocker cupcakes with marshmallow glaze.

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we were organizing our pantry when we came across a box of betty crocker cake mix. i should make cupcakes, i thought.

upon completion, i realized that we did not have any icing sugar. i did, however, have a new-found supply of marshmallows.

i was pleasantly surprised when google informed me that marshmallows could serve as the basis for an icing recipe. i was even more surprised when it turned out to be utterly delicious!

i also added sprinkles, which again was discovered in our pantry.

marshmallow icing

2 egg whites

1 1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup cold water

1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup miniature marshmallows

put egg whites, sugar, water, and syrup in top of double boiler. beat until mixed well. place over rapidly boiling water. beat constantly with electric beater while it cooks for 7 minutes or until it will stand in peaks when beater is raised. remove from heat.

stir in marshmallows and vanilla. beat until they melt.

(i made this recipe a bit differently since i wanted a glaze rather than fluffy icing, but both methods are easy, quick, and equally savory!)

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enjoy!

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