Traditional peanut butter cookies are loaded with sugar and fat, and that is what makes them so very tasty. Now, I’m not normally much of a peanut butter person, but the occasional peanut butter cookie really hits the spot. Thing is, I don’t actually like all that extra sugar, and Sean can’t have it, so I had to replace it with something. Normally, the goal is to make the sweetener flavor pretty much disappear into the treat’s overall flavor. In this case, though, what is a more natural combination than peanut butter and honey? Well, you could make an argument for “jelly” or “jam,” but let’s face it, that would taste really weird, if not right out gross, in a cookie! So, I went with honey, and the light honey taste remaining in the final product really makes these cookies a treat.

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Sometimes, the best desserts are the ones you don’t have to adapt.  Of course, I had to adapt this one a little; the recipe I started with many moons ago used flour to make the bottom layer, but that was easily left out.

These bars are the sort of thing that seem like they shouldn’t be delicious, yet they are.  If you like coconut, but your sweetie doesn’t, they’re also a great way to get some dessert snackies all to yourself for a few days!  :-)  They don’t take long to put together and bake, but unless you want to be eating goo (hey, sometimes you do) you want to let them cool at least an hour before even attempting the arcane task of dividing such a great mass of deliciousness into something resembling bars . . .

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Now, I have titled this post “Vegetarian Pizza,” but most of the work of the dish is the pizza crust. I thought about just posting pizza crust, but it seemed silly to give you the recipe for that and then deny you a quick and easy sauce recipe too. After all, the cheese and toppings are no trouble to come by at all, so if I just give you both recipes than you’ll pretty much be ready to go!


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The hilarious thing about all this is that I never much cared for tortillas when I was a kid.  (Or dinner rolls, or French bread–okay, I liked that a little–or pizza; the list goes on!)  Bread never felt like it was a big part of my culinary world until it was gone.  Tortillas in particular were pasty, dense, and gross, and the fact that they were used to wrap up all sorts of squicky food I didn’t like sure didn’t help their case.  It would be great to be able to look back on my early life with the foggy glass of the wisdom of years and say I didn’t care much for so many bready foods because deep down, I knew in my heart they were bad for me, nay, toxic to my very flesh! . . . but no.  I was just a picky kid.  :-D  Can blame at least part of that on sensory processing disorder, an unrelated malady that makes my family tick somewhat funny, but I just plain didn’t like tortillas.  Tortillas were gross, and the things that went in tortillas were even grosser . . .
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Happy New Year!

As a kid, eggnog from the store was a holiday staple in my house. As a matter of fact, my younger brothers still get very distressed if there is no eggnog purchased at various points during the Christmas and New Year’s period :-). I liked it okay, but it was rather cloyingly sweet, and such a funny shade of yellow. I’d never made eggnog from scratch until after I met Sean. You see, though you occasionally run across a sugar-free eggnog in stores (though it isn’t common where I’ve shopped), it is nasty. Sean actually didn’t really remember what eggnog was, so I took a stab at making him some. I didn’t let it get hot enough the first time I tried it, so it didn’t thicken properly, but my attempts this past holiday season have thickened up much more nicely. So, here I share the fruits of my labor with you!

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