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Caramel Apple Cookie Bars

Caramel Apple Cookie Bars
Start with pre-made sugar cookie dough. You can roll it into a circle, or press it into a pan. I cut the dough into pieces, placed it in the pan, then smoothed everything out with waxed paper. Bake the cookie dough until it's lightly golden brown and firm to the touch. How long is that? Hmm.. I don't know. I forgot to set my timer. About 17 minutes? I have no idea. Allow the cookie to cool completely. Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth & fluffy.
Spread it evenly over the cooled cookie crust. Core & Slice the apples.
Slice the apples about 1/4 inch thin.
Use whatever method you choose to keep them from browning. Lemon Juice, Lemon-Lime Soda, Ascorbic Acid.. I used Lemon-Lime Soda. I soaked them for a few minutes then patted dry. Arrange the apples over the cream cheese/pb layer. Make it beautiful. More beautiful than mine. Don't disappoint me. Drizzle caramel over the apples. Voila!

Ingredients: Sugar Cookie Dough (16.5 o…

Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala

I love Indian food. I discovered my deep love for Indian food when I went on that year-long vegetarian stint, you know- the one that ended when I got drunk at Mardi Gras '08 and ate a hot dog? Oops.

Whenever I go out for Indian food, the server asks me on a scale of 1-10 how spicy I want my dish, I always choose an 8 or a 9. I always regret when I choose a 9, but I seriously lack self-control when it comes to spicy foods.

So, I found a 'skinny' recipe that uses ingredients I have on hand  uses ingredients I purchased from World Market so I have them on hand now! Specifically, garam masala- I didn't have that on hand, so I picked it up from World Market when I was picking up curtains the other day. My curtains, coincidentally, are also from India. I know, I'm so worldly. That's right. I painted my dining room that absurd color of green. And I don't regret it!
I'm really excited about this 'lightened up' version of Chicken Tikka Masala! I really want t…

Honey-Nut Granola

I love the bulk section of Sprout's. I love getting a little bag of dark-chocolate covered pretzels to eat in the car on my drive home from the store, or only 2 tablespoons of yellow cornmeal (for Fish Po'Boys), or only 4 cinnamon bears to stave off a craving. I always look at all the lentils and types of rice- I don't know what I'd make with them, but I look at them anyway. I desperately want to buy everything from the bulk section.
Homemade Granola is the perfect reason to shop in the bulk section- you can buy exactly how much you need, no more, no less.
This granola tastes like Honey Bunches of Oats. I like granola with fruit & yogurt- but this is really good as cereal, too. It'll make your house smell like a cereal factory- and that's not a bad thing!

Start by combining the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon & salt. Use a big bowl. Like, huge. Mix everything up to evenly distribute the ingredients. God forbid only one section of the grano…

Fish Po'Boys

As you know, I joined Weight Watchers about 3 months ago. If you didn't know, yeah- I'm trying to reduce the size of my thighs. It happens. So Weight Watchers.. brace yourself, this is not a Weight Watchers endorsement. I GAINED SIX POUNDS ON WEIGHT WATCHERS!!!! What the heck! I counted my points, I made WW-friendly recipes, and then I watched my weight climb up the scales. Jennifer Hudson, you did me wrong. I've been back to calorie-counting for the past week, and instant success- I've already lost three pounds. Wha-BAM! Best part of counting calories? It's free. Thank you,'s iPhone app!
So last night I made Fish Po'Boys. They were quick, delicious, and a healthier version of the deep-fried restaurant versions. It was easy to halve this recipe for two, which is important for our little family.
Start by making a spicy tartar sauce. Totally easy.  Reduced fat mayo, fresh parsley, gherkins (or relish), grainy mustard, and chili sauce. Mis everything tog…