Recipe: Lemon Bars

Here is one of my personal faves.

Lemon Bars:



2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour

1 cup of powdered sugar

1 cup of butter, melted

Lemon topping:

4 eggs

2 cups of white sugar

1 tsp of baking powder

1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup of lemon juice


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9X13 pan.

2. In a medium bowl stir in the 2 cups of flour and the powdered sugar. Blend in the melted butter. Press into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden.

3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until light. Combine the sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 cup of flour so there are no lumps. Stir the sugar mixture into the eggs. Finally stir in the lemon juice.

4. Pour over prepared crust and return to oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until bars are set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.



Recipe: Carmel Corn

Here’s a fun recipe that I just discovered. My whole family loves it!

Carmel Corn:


20 cups of popped popcorn (or 1 cup of unpopped kernels, if you use the stove or an air popper)

8 cups of pretzels

4 cups of dry roasted peanuts

3 cups of brown sugar

3/4 cup of light corn syrup

1 1/2 cups of butter

1 tsp of salt

1 tsp of baking soda

2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Place the pretzels, popcorn, and peanuts in a large bowl. Set aside.

2. In a saucepant over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook, stirring to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar, until the mixture comes to a boil. One the mixture comes to a full boil, continue to cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly.

3. Remove from heat, and stir in salt, vanilla, and baking soda. The mixture will foam a little bit. Immediately pour over the popcorn mix. Stir to evenly coat. For a crispier treat, boil the sugar mixture longer, or bake the finihsed mix in the over and 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.


The Olive Oil Pasta of Happiness

This is one of my new favorite meals in our house. It is pretty simple but extremely tasty. We got this recipe in our CSA newsletter (which is the coolest newsletter you can imagine) and they got it from BUCA DI BEPPO. I believe they call this meal plain old “Olive Oil Pasta” But I prefer to call it:

“The Olive Oil Pasta of Happiness”

¾ C of Olive oil

2 T of chopped garlic

2 tsp crushed red peppers

2 boneless chicken breasts diced into 1 inch pieces

2 C broccoli florets

1 C your favorite veggies

1 tsp salt  (DON”T FORGET THE SALT!!)

1 pound of pasta (Radiatore is the best!)

1 medium tomato chopped (optional)


  1. Heat Olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Add garlic and pepper flakes cook till aromatic (30 seconds).
  3. Add chicken–sauté until brown.
  4. Add broccoli and veggies and SALT. Cook till tender (about 5 min). Set aside.
  5. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta. Prior to draining pasta reserve 1/4 cup of water from it and add it to you “sauce”.
  6. Drain pasta, add sauce, and cheese. Toss well and add tomato if desired.
  7. Serve with more cheese.
  8. If desired add even more cheese (you can repeat this step as may times as you wish).