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Asparagus Chips

Yes, you read that right.  Asparagus chips.  I recently made roasted brussels sprouts and loved them.  I thought, why not make roasted asparagus.  The asparagus came out so crispy and delicious, I called them asparagus chips.  They are easy to make.  Just wash and snip tough ends off asparagus spears.  Lightly coat with olive oil and sea salt.  Spread on a cookie sheet (I line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up).  Bake 400 degrees for about 40 minutes, and yum!  (I roast the brussels sprouts the same way.)  It’s OK if they get dark, as that is when they are super crispy.

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Two for Tuesday: Sea Salt Dark Chocolate

I love dark chocolate and one of my favorites is sea salt dark chocolate.  In Raleigh, NC, there are two chocolate makers, Escazu Artisan Chocolates in Mordecai on Blount Street and Videri Chocolate Factory on West Davie Street in the Warehouse District.  Escazu’s sea salt dark chocolate bar is 65% cocoa; Videri’s, 60%.

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I decided to do a taste test involving three other people.  We tasted both of these (they blind, me knowing) and it was 50/50 split of which is best.  Two tasters thought Videri was too bitter and preferred the flavor of Escazu’s chocolate.  (Escazu’s chocolate also has vanilla in it.)  Two tasters thought Escazu’s was too salty while the other two thought Videri’s was too salty.  Go figure.  The taste and texture of both chocolate bars is different.  For a taste test yourself, visit both shops.  For $5, you can tour Videri’s factory.

Two for Tuesday: Peanut Butter Cookies

The coconut ladoos reminded me of a peanut butter treat I used to make as a kid–peanut butter balls.  I got this recipe from a feature for kids in the newspaper called The Mini Page some time back in the 1980s.

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Peanut Butter Balls

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1 cup oats

1 cup coconut

Mix all together.  Shape into balls.  Roll in more coconut.  Chill and serve.  Yum!

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I also made my sea salt peanut butter cookies for the holidays.

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These are always a big hit.

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Delish is Delish

With all the buzz surrounding the Celebrity Apprentice ice cream created by Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette for the Good & Delish brand at Walgreens, magic swirtle and maple macadamia mash-up, I thought I’d try some other Good & Delish products.  I got them at Duane Reade in Manhattan, but you can find them at Walgreens too.  (If you are looking for the Celebrity Apprentice ice ceams, I saw them this week at Duane Reade.)  Good & Delish products are not your average store brand products.  They are creative treats like these milk chocolate cornflake clusters and this tropical fruit white chocolate bar.

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These were delish. The cornflake clusters are kind of like chocolate with crispy rice in it, only the cornflakes are a bit crunchier and almost burst a little like Pop Rocks. I really liked these. The white chocolate had a nice burst of fruit.

I also tried these caramel apple caramels, sea salt caramel granola chips, cinnamon apple chips and dark chocolate with crispy rice puffs.  Guess what? Delish!  My favorite is the sea salt caramel granola chips.  They are addictive.  I also like the dark chocolate with crispy rice.  I’m thinking they would go well on top of vanilla ice cream.

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My exploration of Good & Delish didn’t stop there. I tried these red velvet caramels and milk chocolate and marshmallow smores. Have to admit, red velvets were not favorites of mine and the smores were just OK.

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These blackberry sorbet chocolate bars more than made up for the lackluster former two treats. OMG, these are more than delish.

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Finally, if you were a fan of raspberry cream Peek Freans, then you’ll like Good & Delish raspberry cream cookies.  I also love the cinnamon granola chips.

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So I definitely recommend the Good & Delish products, especially the milk chocolate cornflake clusters, sea salt caramel and cinnamon granola chips, blackberry sorbet bars dipped in chocolate, tropical white chocolate bar and dark Belgian chocolate thins with crispy rice.  Yum!  I mean, delish!

Sea Salt Peanut Butter Cookies

Sea salt peanut butter cookies

So after I had that great sea salt peanut butter cookie from Joe Coffee, I had to make my own.  I used a flourless peanut butter cookie recipe and added sea salt.

Sea Salt Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

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Mix pb, sugar and egg.  Shape into balls and flatten with a fork.  Add a sprinkle of sea salt on top of each cookie.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Let these cool.  They are better the second day because they set.

Two for Tuesday: Peanut Butter Cookies

Do you take your peanut butter cookie with a sprinkle of salt or sugar?

A co-worker brought me a treat from Joe Coffee, a peanut butter cookie.  The cookie looks like a scoop of peanut butter ice cream with ridges.  It’s sprinkled with sea salt on top.  This cookie is one delicious peanut butter cookie.  It’s like a traditional pb cookie, with the addition of this lovely hint of sea salt.

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Another co-worker introduced me to The Good Batch cookies, our favorite being oat chocolate chunk, which are to die for.  I decided to try another cookie of The Good Batch–Honey Bear, ground oat and peanut cookies filled with a honey and sea salt peanut butter, sprinkled with raw sugar.

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Ice Cream Serendipity

I wasn’t on my way to get ice cream.  I was hurriedly walking somewhere else when I spotted the light blue Itizy ice cream truck and a small line forming in front.

The small menu features a few classic flavors like vanilla and some creative ones like coffee brownie.  I chose vanilla, as vanilla is the staple by which I judge if someone can make ice cream or not.  I also chose the roasted banana special.

It’s rare these days that I’m blown away by an ice cream, but Itizy ice cream did just that.  This is some seriously good ice cream.  You want that authentic flavor in your ice cream (made from using fresh and organic ingredients), and you also want it to be creamy and delicious (it’s made from farm-fresh cream and milk).  Making ice cream is more than just using good ingredients though, as I’ve had ice creams made from good ingredients that just didn’t make the cut.  Itizy has the right ratio of cream and milk to create a clean, creamy consistency.  It’s got perfectly-shaped scoops.  It’s got that old-fashioned vanilla flavor and the ripe taste of banana.  Itizy is everything you want in ice cream.

There are some interesting toppings on the menu that I’d like to try another time.  They include sea salt & caramel, maple pecan granola, chocolate almond toffee crunch, crushed Oreos, Ghiradelli chocolate sauce and Ghiradelli caramel sauce.  And the best part of eating a scoop of Itizy?  For every five scoops they sell, they donate a meal to a child in need.