Saturday, July 30, 2016


It is with pleasure that I again enter the annual Golden Girl Granola blogger challenge! This company makes such delicious granola; it was a delight to make up a recipe using their ''Bluesberry'' flavor this year.
If you can muster up enough self-control not to eat all of this wonderful granola straight from the bag, try whipping up this simple dessert. The texture and flavour of cheese cake with a crunchy granola crust is absolutely delicious: 

Mazzou's Blueberry Granola Cheesecake Bars
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor; one cup ground with rolling pin
1/4 cup almond flour (or ground almonds)
2 Tablespoons coconut flour (or ground coconut)
2 Tablespoons coconut (any size but preferably fine) 
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon butter
3 Tablespoons honey

Filling: 
1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 tsp. gelatin 
1 tsp. vanilla
1 medium egg
1/4 cup heavy cream

Fresh blueberries
Extra Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor

Instructions: 
Butter a 8.5" X 4.5" X 2.75" loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Make sure parchment comes up the edges so you have ''handles'' to remove contents later. 

Combine all 1 1/2 cups granola, almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut. Blend in butter and honey. Mixture should be moist enough to squeeze into a ball. If too dry, add butter as needed. 
Press into prepared loaf pan and set aside. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To make filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch and gelatin together. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Add cream and mix just until combined. Do not overmix. 
Pour filling onto granola crust. 
Bake for 30 minutes until light gold and set. Let cool 30 minutes at room temperature. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.
To serve, cut into squares and top with Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor and fresh blueberries. 
This makes a perfect light dessert any time of the year but especially during summer. 


Golden Girl Granola Blogger Challenge 2016: Mazzou's blueberry cheesecake bars


It is with pleasure that I again enter the annual Golden Girl Granola blogger challenge! This company makes such delicious granola; it was a delight to make up a recipe using their ''Bluesberry'' flavor this year.
If you can muster up enough self-control not to eat all of this wonderful granola straight from the bag, try whipping up this simple dessert. The texture and flavour of cheese cake with a crunchy granola crust is absolutely delicious: 

Mazzou's Blueberry Granola Cheesecake Bars
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 1/2 cups Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor; one cup ground with rolling pin
1/4 cup almond flour (or ground almonds)
2 Tablespoons coconut flour (or ground coconut)
2 Tablespoons coconut (any size but preferably fine) 
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon butter
3 Tablespoons honey

Filling: 
1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 tsp. gelatin 
1 tsp. vanilla
1 medium egg
1/4 cup heavy cream

Fresh blueberries
Extra Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor

Instructions: 
Butter a 8.5" X 4.5" X 2.75" loaf pan and line with parchment paper. Make sure parchment comes up the edges so you have ''handles'' to remove contents later. 

Combine all 1 1/2 cups granola, almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut. Blend in butter and honey. Mixture should be moist enough to squeeze into a ball. If too dry, add butter as needed. 
Press into prepared loaf pan and set aside. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
To make filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch and gelatin together. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Add cream and mix just until combined. Do not overmix. 
Pour filling onto granola crust. 
Bake for 30 minutes until light gold and set. Let cool 30 minutes at room temperature. Chill in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.
To serve, cut into squares and top with Golden Girl Granola Bluesberry flavor and fresh blueberries. 
This makes a perfect light dessert any time of the year but especially during summer. 


Monday, December 21, 2015

Mazzou's New Year's Eve Fried Rice dish

Mazzou's Aromatic Fried Rice:

   I created this Asian rice dish based off of Mollie Katzen's aromatic fried rice recipe in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest! We love to eat it for New Year's Eve along with homemade cabbage rolls and egg roll filling, sweet and sour chicken bites and more!

Ingredients:
2 cups raw brown rice cooked in 3 cups water (with butter and salt to taste) until done- 20-30 minutes

Spice mixture:
1/2 cup pre-cooked unflavored sausage or ground beef
(or: tiny sausage or ground beef meatballs seasoned with below mentioned scallions, ginger, garlic and salt to taste)
1/2 cup wine vinegar
8 minced scallions
3-4 slices ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
Salt to taste

1 Tablespoon peanut oil
1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
2 large clove garlic, crushed
1 heaping teaspoon freshly minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/4/ to 1/2 cup white wine (to taste)
2 beaten eggs
1 large carrot, grated (shredded)
Plenty of black pepper!
3/4 cup chopped toasted cashews
Sesame oil, for serving

Steam rice.
Combine spice mixture and cooked meat in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat the oil in a wok or large heavy skillet. Saute the sesame seeds, garlic and ginger with the salt over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Add the celery and stir-fry for another 6-7 minutes.
Add the wine, and stir-fry for a few more minutes.
Add the rice and continue stir-frying a few minutes.
Add the sausage/spice mixture and the beaten eggs.
Mix in the grated carrot last, so as to not over-cook the carrots.
Stir-fry until everything is heated through and eggs are set.
Serve hot topped with the toasted cashews and drizzled with extra sesame oil.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mazzou's Maple Granola-Crusted Chicken Breasts or Salmon filet

Maple granola-crusted chicken breast served salad-style
Maple granola-crusted chicken or salmon

  I first fell in love with cooking when I was just seven or eight years old and it didn't take me long to begin experimenting and creating my own recipes.  Now,  several years later I am known for my love of  dreaming up new ways to present the most classic foods. I find that chicken and salmon are two of the best foods to experiment with new and unique flavors and seasonings!

Maple granola-crusted salmon filet
 One of my more classic creations which is sure to please a variety of taste buds and which can be enjoyed year-round, is my newly-invented and perfected maple granola-crusted chicken breast or salmon filet....I promise you, from the first bite you will be delighted by the combination of flavors! 


Ingredients: 
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (6.4 oz each) or 4 four-six ounce wild alaska salmon filets
1/4 plus 1/8 tsp. salt (or to taste; the goal is to sprinkle evenly over each piece of meat) 
1/4 tsp. pepper or to taste 
1 large clove garlic, crushed
2 Tablespoons melted butter (or olive oil)
1 Tablespoon tamari soy sauce
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup Golden Girl Forest Maple granola
3 eggs
1 Tablespoon butter or oil for browning meat. 

   Prepare meat 1-8 hours ahead: 

1. Gently pound out chicken breasts to about 3/4 inch thick, focusing mostly on the thick portion of the chicken breasts (skip this step if using salmon).
2. Sprinkle each breast or filet evenly with salt and pepper. Place meat in a 4 cup capacity glass dish or container. 
3. Mix together the garlic, butter, soy sauce and maple syrup. Pour over chicken breasts or salmon and cover dish tightly. 
4. Let chicken marinate at least a couple of hours; preferably overnight. Only let salmon marinate 1-3 hours.
   To cook meat: 
1. Prepare granola by separating 6 Tablespoons from the cup of granola; place in a plastic baggie and crush with a rolling pin. 
2. Pour the entire cup of granola (crushed and whole) in a shallow dish. 


3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs. 
4. Remove chicken breasts or filets from marinade, reserving marinade. Dip each chicken breast or filet first in the egg mixture, then in the granola mixture, pressing the granola into the meat (with the salmon, press into the pink fleshy side, not worrying too much about the skin side).
5. Heat olive oil or butter in a shallow frying pan on medium heat; gently brown each chicken breast in the oil. Add more oil to pan as needed to keep meat from sticking. Fry for about 2 minutes per side. Follow same directions for salmon, only fry skin-side down for 3 minutes without flipping.
(chicken breasts)

(salmon filet)

(chicken breasts browning)

6. Place golden-browned meat in a 9x13 baking dish, drizzle reserved marinade over and bake at 350° Fahrenheit  for about 20 minutes or until chicken temperature is 165° Fahrenheit. For salmon: bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 7 minutes or until meat flakes easily when cut with a fork.
pictured: 1 filet of salmon hot out of the oven!

 To serve: 
The maple granola-crusted chicken breasts or salmon filet can be served warm from the oven, drizzled with a honey mustard dressing and accompanied by a salad and roasted potatoes. Or, let chicken cool a little more and slice. Serve chicken slices on a bed of fresh green salad and drizzle with a honey mustard dressing.
(ready to eat: maple granola-crusted salmon!)


(hot and ready: one maple granola-crusted chicken breast with honey mustard sauce)


















Monday, February 9, 2015

Book review: The First Principle by Marissa Shrock




Author: 




This book is a winner! It makes my top 10 of 2014, I think (having read it in December 2014)!
I casually started it one afternoon and could not put it down! I completed it the following morning (it was hard to stop reading it just to go to bed, but I mastered that difficult task)! This futuristic novel is absolutely amazing. The author is not only an excellent writer, but she has this stellar story line which I am just blown away by. 
As I finished this book I realized I was left with some questions; not too many as to be confused and dissatisfied, but rather enough that I really hope the author is planning a sequel! (please!!!) 
Without life, there can be no liberty or pursuit of happiness. In this futuristic novel, changes have occurred to North America which are -unfortunately- imaginable. The United States of America has become the United Regions of North America in which many of our worst dreams have come about. The government has more control than ever, including the power to decide who can have children and who can't. Population management includes the rule that underage pregnancies be terminated immediately. Birth control for girls under 18 is mandatory and since teenage sex hasn't diminished but rather increased by this futuristic year, abortions are constant. There is, however a remnant of people fighting against all this wrong. They are known as the Emancipation Warriors who are primarily Christians. Vivica Wilkins, the main character in this book has no idea what she will be getting into when she starts forming personal convictions against the Population Management law. Ironically, Vivica is the daughter of the governor of her territory and, as you can imagine, is in a far-from-ideal situation for expressing opinions opposing that of the government. 
I have no desire to give the storyline away, so all I will say is that things progress rapidly in this novel! Vivica finds herself swept into a world of danger. Should she rely on the Emancipation Warriors in her time of need? Should she trust a group of people she formerly thought of as rebellious? Should she stand up against her own mother? 
This book is a strong stand against the evils a government can inflict. Well-written and exciting, the reader will not be disappointed. I was brought to tears at some points by the all-too-realistic situations. Most of all, I was inspired and convicted. This is a powerful book with a strong message and I can't wait to read a sequel!

For conservative readers: This book may not be appropriate for younger readers. 
Teenage sex is a major, although discreet, topic in this book. 
There are some violent and graphic moments in this book which may be too much for younger readers. However, I think it is excellent for teenagers on up!

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I received this book from Kregel publications in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!




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