We have a picky eater in our house. A really picky eater. My three year old likes maybe 5 foods in this whole world. Okay, I’m probably exaggerating. He will eat maybe 12 things. On a good week. Peanut Butter is one of them. Since he refuses to eat all meat, dairy and Peanut Butter are important foods for him. The other day, the Monkey told me that he had a “great idea.” What if, we made a Peanut Butter and Jelly “Cuh-Ee!” I wondered why it wouldn’t be possible to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie using a variation of the basic Peanut Butter Blossom recipe, and adding Jelly to make them a PB&J Thumbprint cookie. Rarely do I get a baking challenge from my enthusiastic helper, so I decided to do a little digging for a recipe.
I have this obsession with finding the perfect mint brownie. I’m sure that it’s out there– in fact, I know it is because there is a restaurant in Pittsburgh that used to serve it while I was in graduate school. It wasn’t a restaurant, really, but a coffee shop. However, their mint frosted brownies were to die for along with they veggie reuben (but that is for another day!) I actually found a pretty good, easy-to-make substitute for the frosted mint brownie, that uses a Betty Crocker brownie mix. Without a doubt, mix brownies, in my opinion, compete with the best homemade brownies. I personally like the gooey and fudgier brownies myself.
Is there any food that you love that no one else in your house will eat? I bet there is. For me there are three foods— mushrooms, pickles and olives. I love olives. In fact, Kalamata olives are probably one of my favorite snack foods of all times, and my favorite pizza includes feta cheese, Kalamata olives, mushrooms and pepperoni. Sadly, no one else in my house enjoys olives. That just means more for me! Luckily, during the holiday season, I am able to make things that wouldn’t otherwise go over in my house because there are a lot of people in this world who do like olives (are you one?) As I said, my favorite type of olive is the Kalamata olive, which is a large, purple Greek olive.