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No-Bake Gluten-Free Cherry Pistachio Granola Bars

No bake granola bars are incredibly versatile. Try this gluten-free version with almond butter, dried cherries, and roasted pistachios

No-Bake Gluten-Free Cherry Pistachio Granola Bars

Holy freaking September where did you come from? Thankfully with the help of Bob, Christina, and Dave the end of August was not overlooked. We hillbilly mini golfed, saw thousands of salt and pepper shakers, wine/moonshine tasted, hiked to the tallest waterfall in the Smokies, saw a folk-rock band, grilled and just had a good time. Alas the arrival of September meant they had to return to their respective states today.

Accompanying us on this adventure were these gluten-free granola bars which came in handy on the hike. Just like the base for my favorite chocolate chip cookies, the base for these granola bars allows for all kinds of flavor options. This time I made them with almond butter, dried cherries, and roasted pistachios.

One year ago: Chicken Taco Stack

Two years ago: Buckeye “Cheese Ball”

Three years ago: Fluffernutter Blondies
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20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

Beat the summer heat with these 20 no-cook breakfast, snack and entree recipes. No oven or stove-top required.

20 No-Cook Summer Recipes

July and August tend to be the hottest summer months which means turning on your oven or even cooking on your stove-top is undesirable. For such occasions I have compiled a list of 20 recipes that require no oven or stove-top for breakfast, entrees and even snacks. What are come of your favorite no-cook recipes for hot summer days?

Next week I will be sharing some of the favorite no-bake desserts!

One year ago: Individual Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon & Jalapeno

Three years ago: Sourdough Starter
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Surprise Flapjacks

These flapjacks (pancakes) have all kinds of surprise ingredients from pecans to cornmeal, dubbing them as surprise flapjacks! It is no surprise however that they are quite tasty.

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I started off my week with a phone interview, only to receive a rejection letter for the same job the very next day. I am still waiting to hear back about my in person interview supposedly happening this month, which I’ve been planning on since May. I e-mailed them 2 weeks into July to which I received a reply saying they would be in touch. It’s been over a week since then and July is coming to a close. I’ll give them 2 full weeks before I follow up again. Hopefully they are truly sorting things out and not blowing me off. With that kind of apprehension, how about we end this week with some pancakes?

I am not sure why these flapjacks (pancakes) were dubbed as “surprise” other than the slew of surprise ingredients such as corn meal, oats, and chopped pecans. Makes me think that “compost flapjacks” would have been more appropriate. But no matter what the name is I am certain you will be calling them “delicious”. All of those ingredients come together for one hearty and tasty breakfast. I thoroughly enjoyed the texture the pecans added.

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One year ago: Pass the Cook Book Club: Ina Garten’s Foolproof Ribs with BBQ Sauce

Two years ago: Strawberry Malted Pancakes

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Sandwich Bread
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Homemade Strawberry Jam

Turn those end-of-season strawberries into delicious homemade jarred jam. Other than freezing them, it’s the best way to enjoy berries year round.

Homemade Strawberry Jam

While many of your have just started picking strawberries at your local U-pick farm, in east Tennessee strawberry season is ending and we are beginning blueberry and raspberry picking season. Which means it’s the perfect time to make jam out of those end of season strawberries. While jam making is not something I normally dive in to, my dad has made jam and jelly for as long as I can remember and therefore has all the tools to do so. We actually made this jam at the same time as the strawberry syrup.

One year ago: Mexican Hot Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream
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Strawberry Almond Scottish Oatmeal & Giveaway

Creamy oatmeal lovers will rejoice with this Scottish oatmeal. This stone-ground oatmeal is filled with fresh strawberries, crunchy almonds. And it’s gluten-free!

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When it comes to oats, I didn’t know there was anything besides old-fashioned rolled and quick-cooking oats until a few years ago. Since then I have been introduced to steel cut oats, gluten-free oats and now Scottish oats thanks to Bob’s Red Mill. But what the heck is Scottish oatmeal? It is in fact the original oatmeal or, as we call it in the US, porridge. The fairly fine texture (although more coarse than flour) of Scottish oatmeal is the result of grinding the kernels with stone mills and when cooked results in a creamy, thick and almost instant hot cereal. I bet these Scottish oats would also be great in baked goods, substituted for old-fashioned rolled oats.

GF Scottish Oats

Naturally the first thing I made with Scottish oatmeal was in fact oatmeal (or porridge). I used the recipe for my favorite hot cereal, my dad’s apple harvest oatmeal, and substituted the rolled oats for Scottish oats and then strawberries and almonds instead of apples and walnuts. The end result was better than I had predicted. It was perfectly creamy, not too sweet and filling. I actually made this for breakfast on Father’s Day and it was most appreciated.

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One year ago: Homemade Mozzarella & Caprese Salad Skewers

Two years ago: Blueberry-Blackberry Muffins
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German Chocolate Banana Bread

Take banana bread to a whole new level with the German chocolate banana bread. Made with German chocolate cake mix, it couldn’t be easier.

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As you know I like to celebrate obscure food holidays and today is no exception because today is National German Chocolate Cake Day. Although it may not be my first choice when it comes to dessert options I do enjoy a good German chocolate cake or a related dessert such as German chocolate brownies. Today’s recipe can be enjoyed for dessert or breakfast because it’s half banana bread, half German chocolate cake.

How did this come to be? Mashed bananas, pecans, and coconut are added along with the usual suspects to a box of German chocolate cake mix. After scooping the batter into a loaf pan I sprinkled more coconut and pecans halves on top. There may not be any of the signature German chocolate cake frosting involved but the flavor of the toasted pecans on top made up for it.

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One year ago: Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs
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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Homemade strawberry syrup only requires two ingredients: strawberries and sugar. Whip up a batch for breakfast this weekend.

Homemade Strawberry Syrup

Not only is my dad the king of pancakes (amongst other things), but he also makes his own syrup. Growing up in upstate NY we had the luxury of having a small patch of woods behind our house with sugar maples, which my dad would tap in the winter to collect some of their sap which would be boiled down into maple syrup. Sadly I did not appreciate it as a kid and only wanted Mrs. Butterworth’s. Since my parents moved to TN he cannot make his own maple syrup anymore but still continues to make homemade strawberry syrup which has always been my favorite anyway. I love serving it over waffles, pancakes, or French toast topped with even more strawberries. We made a huge batch from one of our strawberry picking excursions, multiplying the recipe below in order to make 5 quarts. This is one of the reasons why they own a chest freezer.

One year ago: Therapy Brownies

Three years ago: Chicken Parmesan Quesadillas
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Corn-Goat Cheese Omlet

Wake up with this savory omlet stuffed with sweet corn, creamy goat cheese, and fresh green onion. Easy enough to make even on a weekday morning.

Corn-Goat Cheese Omlet

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial weekend! Mine is full of catching up, shopping, eating, laughing, hiking, oh and did I mention eating? Becky and I have been exploring all over Elizabethtown and Louisville, KY from browsing boutiques/consignment shops, people watching at the BBQ Blues Bikes festival, stuffing our faces at Back Home Hammerheads and the Pie Kitchen and laughing at good jokes at The Laughing Derby comedy club. Although we did flex our shopping muscles and our smiles, today we are going for a little hike to help burn off whatever is left from yesterday’s binge-fest. What’s a visit without an explosion of amazing food? Nothing I want to be involved in that’s for sure. There may even be a distillery tour involved at some point O:-).

But enough about food you cannot see, how about this omlet? I had been meaning to make this for far too long and finally did one morning and it was a snap. Eggs cook quickly and are much more satisfying than a bowl of cereal in the morning. This one was a particular hit due to my weakness for goat cheese. I’ve posted quite a few recipes featuring goat cheese recently. Why do cravings always come in waves? No matter, you need to make this omlet full of sweet corn and creamy goat cheese.

Two years ago: Chocolate Beer Truffles

Three years ago: Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomato-Basil Chicken Burgers
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Parfait

If you love pb+j then you’ll love this parfait. Peanut butter yogurt is layered with strawberry jam, fresh strawberries, and peanut butter granola. Prefect for breakfast or a light dessert.

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After 4 awesome days of BBQ-festing it’s time for me to return to Knoxville. Memphis is especially fun in May and I couldn’t have picked a better weekend for which to return. I may need to detox with spinach smoothies and salads however, but in the meantime lets talk about parfaits.

Despite my love for all things peanut butter, it took me a long time to get on board with peanut butter and jelly things beyond the sandwich. For some reason it did not appeal in dessert form but that all changed when I had the peanut butter and jelly candy bar from Trader Joe’s. Then when I got my hands on the KIND peanut butter granola I decided it was time to make a peanut butter and jelly parfait! With all the fresh strawberries I’ve had on hand after picking them on three separate occasions it was an easy decision to incorporate them and the freshly homemade strawberry jam my dad and I made.

This recipe is written for one since it is Single Serving Sunday, but it’s incredibly easy to multiply for more servings. As you can see I ended up making two.

One year ago: Twinkie Truffles

Two years ago: Thai Chicken Pizza

Three years ago: Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Cookies for breakfast are even more acceptable when it’s cookies for brunch! These cookies were inspired by the “vegetable dessert” lovingly known as carrot cake. At first, it took a lot of restraint to not top these off with cream cheese icing, just like it’s dessert-cousin. In an effort to keep these breakfast cookies more breakfasty and less desserty, I topped half of them with shredded coconut (half without for the coconut haters). This small addition made all the difference, adding just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing. And now you can start your day with cookies (without the guilt and/or judging eyes).

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Today may be my final #BrunchWeek recipe post, but there are still two more days until the finale. There are a lot of great prizes which you should not miss out on, so be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this or any of my posts this week. Learn more about the specific items up for grabs HERE.

One year ago: Mini Greek-Style Meatloaves

Two years ago: Homemade Imo’s Pizza

Three years ago: Avocado Fries
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