Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Community Potluck - August 2018

It was the third Community Potluck this past Monday, and while it wasn't well attended, there was some great food.   We meet the second Monday of the month, bring food, eat too much, socialize and enjoy ourselves.
August is kind of a bridge month between summer holidays and school starting again, and a lot of people are taking advantage of a last minute vacation before the kiddo's head back to school.  Which means we had a lighter than usual attendance, but that's OK, I got to visit with almost everyone.

Without further verbiage, here's the food that was brought.

Curried Chicken Salad, love the presentation.
Curried Chicken Salad
Mixed Bean and Corn Salad
Mixed Bean and Corn Salad
Mixed Potato and Chicken Casserole (There were purple potatoes in here, love those)
Chicken and Potato Casserole
Ravioli, and of course I to have some, I do love my pasta.
This Thai inspired Pork Dish, and sorry can't remember what it's called.  It was delicious though.
Thai Pork Dish
Red Beans, Rice and Sausage.  One of my all time favorites. 
Red Beans and Rice
Potato Salad, with lots of eggs on top. 
Potato salad
There was also some Hummus and Pita Chips.
I had fun and reached into my Danish Roots and make two Danish Dishes,
Forloren Hare or Mock Rabbit, which is just a fancy name for meatloaf, before slicing.
Forloren Hare
After slicing, most of it was eaten, but there were a couple of slices left that I could take home for my breakfast the next day.   (I'll be sharing the recipe next week).
Forloren Hare

We did have two offerings for Dessert.
and these, Hindbærsnitter or in English, Raspberry Bars.  (I'll be sharing the recipe next week).
Well that wraps it up for this month, now to go and relax.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Triangle Delight Bars for #BakingBloggers

I'm so excited.  I finally got to make this recipe which I've had bookmarked for a very long time.  I got the initial recipe from Andrea at Adventures In All Things Food,  during a  Cookie Carnival and even though we had to concentrate on cookies for that event, and not bars, I had to keep looking through her recipes, and bookmarking some and drooling over others and ...

While looking through her recipes I found the following;    

Triangle Delights.

I hit Pay Dirt!!!!!  

Cause this recipe is one I've been looking for, for years and years and years and years.   I remember one of my sisters' friends making it, and I loved it.
Triangle Delight Bars

But, I haven't been able to find the 'right' recipe since.

Every time I see bar cookies offered when I go to various potlucks and events, I have to taste one, and while most of them are good, they're just not quite right.

I was getting discouraged.  Actually I'd hit discouraged and had given up on ever having these again.
Triangle Delight Bars

My waistline may never recover, sigh. Actually it will because I also made this for this for the Legion Cake Raffle I bake for every other week,  and boy was it fun watching people buying chances on this.  
Triangle Delight Bars

Sue of Palatable Pastimes started Baking Bloggers and when I asked, nicely if I could join, they let me into the group and well, gee, I've been having fun ever since.
It just so happens that the Baking Blogger theme or challenge this month is Brownies and Bars.
Can I just say again, I had so much fun with this, way too much fun, and I might have gone into a slight sugar coma from sampling.
Triangle Delight Bars
 Had to keep sharing the pictures, and if you could only taste how good these were, sigh.
Triangle Delight Bars
I flirted very briefly with making some brownies with black beans for this month, we winked at each other, raised an eyebrow or two, and then didn't follow through.   Don't knock it, a friend makes a killer brownie with black beans, however while looking through some of my previously bookmarked recipes, this is the one that flew out at me.  And I didn't even duck.

I did change it up, just a titch, cause I'm not that fond of cinnamon and chocolate together, they tend to have some issues with dominance and try to outdo each other in recipes.  so...
I love mocha anyway, so I switched out the vanilla extract for some coffee extract.  Chocolate and coffee do play together nicely. 


Triangle Delight Bars
Triangle Delight Bars

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 25 mins
This is a fun retro recipe and it's even more fun watching adults go nuts over this as it's a blast from the past for many of them.


  • Whole Graham Crackers, enough to cover the bottom of a jelly roll pan.
  • 3 c. mini marshmallows  (One package)
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon  or
  • 1 tsp. coffee extract
  • 1 c. sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 c. unsweetened organic flake coconut
  • 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cover a large jelly roll pan or a half sheet (15x11x1in.)  cooking pan with parchment, letting the parchment paper go up the sides a little.  Spray with some non stick cooking spray and then place the graham crackers in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Make sure you have sides to the pan as the sauce will creep, up the sides, over the edge...   Cover with a layer of marshmallows. 
In a small saucepan combine the butter, sugar and the cinnamon if using cinnamon. Cook over medium heat stirring to dissolve the sugar, let cook for a couple of minutes.  Take off the heat and stir in the coffee extract. Pour the hot mixture over the marshmallows, reserving 1/3 of it.  Top with almonds, chocolate chips and 1 cup of coconut, layered or just mix the three together, although I did layer it, almonds first, then chocolate chips and finally the coconut.  Drizzle with the final third of the toffee sauce, top with the final 1/2 cup of coconut. 
Bake for 12-15 minutes until the top is golden brown. Allow the pan to cool a little, lift the parchment paper out if desired, carefully or slide it out,  with the cookie bars on it, and then slice into 3" squares, then into triangles. A pizza cutter works well for this.  These are gooey, sticky, and teeth cringingly sweet.  But oh, are they good. 
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Spiced up Fry Sauce Recipe

I had to do it.
I did.
Really, I did.  

I used to live in Utah and when you went to Arctic Circle Drive Inn for a burger and fries you were always asked this question, "you want Fry Sauce with that?"  And the answer was always "Yes please. "
Spiced Up Fry Sauce

I think it was a law, you could ask for ketchup for the fries, but few people did. One of Arctic Circle's claims to fame was that they were the originator of Fry Sauce.
A mixture of ketchup, mayonnaise and some other secret ingredients.
They were also well known for their Lime Rickey drink in the summer, Brown Topper Cones, as well as a few other local faves.
We moved away and I found out that Fry Sauce was nowhere to be had, in fact most restaurants had never even heard of it.
If I wanted to dip a fry in Fry Sauce, I had to make up my own. So I'd ask for extra mayo, add some ketchup and dip my fries.
However, when I'm home and on those rare occasions when I make my own fries, I also whip up some Fry Sauce, and make it to my taste.  The pictured fries are oven fries made in my toaster oven.
Spiced Up Fry Sauce
Spiced Up Fry Sauce

It also tastes great on a burger, or on some onion rings or some deep fried Zucchini or ...  
No point in wasting that awesome loveliness.
This month's Improv Cooking Challenge was to use Ketchup and Mustard in a recipe and blog about it.  This event is hosted by Nichole Little of Cookaholic Wife. 

 It only took me about 5 minutes to figure out what I was making...

Here's my take on Fry Sauce.  I know it seems super simple, but trust me on this.  Once you've tasted Fry Sauce on a French Fry, you may never go back to just Ketchup again.
BTW, you're not limited to using ketchup, even if it is authentic.  I've mixed in a little Sambal Oelek from time to time and also used BBQ sauce. 

Yield: 2-4 Servings

Spiced up Fry Sauce
Spiced Up Fry Sauce

prep time: 5 minscook time: total time: 5 mins
This is not only perfect for dipping french fries in, but also makes a great sauce for a hamburger or even dolloped on top of a baked potato.


1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Ketchup
1 tablespoon Horseradish Sauce
1/2 tsp. Mustard Powder ( I used Coleman Hot Mustard)
1 teaspoon pickle juice (you can always add a little more after tasting)


Place the pickle juice and mustard powder into a small bowl.  Mix together and then add the rest of the ingredients. 
Place in fridge for an hour or so to let all that goodness get acquainted and then serve with fresh hot french fries or dollop a spoonful onto a hamburger patty, or onion rings or...
Note: As always, adjust the seasonings to your taste, although the ratio of mayonnaise to ketchup should be roughly 2:1. 
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