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Best Granola Bars


1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dried muesli
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2 servings protein powder (amount varies depending on what kind you use)
1/2 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw, unsalted sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw, unsalted almonds, chopped
1/3 cup sultana raisins
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  pinch nutmeg
3 Tbsp organic honey
3 Tbsp dark agave nectar
3 Tbsp safflower oil
2 ea egg whites, lightly beaten


Heat oven to 325°.  Line a 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  In a smaller bowl, mix cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, gave nectar, oil and egg whites.

Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just blended.  Mixture should be lumpy.

Press mixture into prepared pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.  The edges will be lightly brown.

Remove from oven and set on wire cooling rack.  When cool, cut into 1-by-4-inch bars.


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05/19/2012 Posted by | Appetizers | Leave a comment

Salmon Tartare


1 ea (8-oz) boneless salmon fillet, skinless
1/4 cup finely diced, seeded cucumber
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1-1/2 tsp minced fresh chives
1-1/2 tsp minced fresh cilantro
1-1/2 tsp grape seed or vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp minced, seeded jalapeno
1-1/2 tsp minced shallot
3/4 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 tsp Asian sesame oil
1/4 tsp (scant) lime zest
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    Thick-cut potato or tortilla chips


Place salmon on a plate; freeze until well chilled, about 20 minutes.

Thinly slice salmon lengthwise into 3/8”-wide sheets.  Cut each sheet into 1/8”-long strips.  Cut strips crosswise into 1/8” cubes.  Place salmon in a medium bowl.  Add cucumber and the next 9 ingredients and toss to combine.  Season tartare to taste with salt and pepper.  Transfer tartare to a bowl and serve with chips.


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08/18/2011 Posted by | Appetizers | Leave a comment

Black-Eyed Pea Pinwheels

Donated By:  Colleen Callander


1 ea (15-oz) can black-eyed peas, drained
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 tsp seasoned salt
2-3 dashes hot sauce
  dash garlic powder
2 ea (3-oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
1 ea (10-oz) pkg 6×4-inch ham slices
10 ea green onions, cut into 6-inch pieces


Combine peas, butter, salt, hot sauce and garlic powder in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Let cool.

Place cooled mixture and cream cheese in a food processor and process 3 to 5 seconds until mixture is well-blended.

Spread about 3 tablespoons of the mixture on each slice of ham.  Place a piece of green onion lengthwise, then roll the ham up.  Chill until ready to serve.

Cut each roll into 1/2-inch pieces and arrange cut side up on a serving platter to resemble a pinwheel.


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06/09/2011 Posted by | Appetizers | 1 Comment