The Simple Spatula

Category: Nuts

Double Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m inclined to call these something other than cookies. Bricks or hockey pucks come to mind, but I’ll call them cookies instead lest you get the idea that I’m less fond of them than I am. You see they are dense, dry, and as heavy as a peanut butter sandwich — and I love them [...]

Lisa’s Santa Cookies

This time last year Viktorija showed me how to make her favorite Christmas cookies. She called them Santa Cookies but some of you may also know them as magic bars or seven layer bars. If you’ve ever had one you know they are delicious, addictive, full of butter and a major sugar rush. This year [...]

The Ultimate Pumpkin Pie

In other words… the pie that will win our pumpkin pie bakeoff. That’s right, there is a battle royale going on in my house over who makes the best pumpkin pie; Nathalie’s boyfriend, Scott or me. Of course I know I have all your votes, faithful readers, but unfortunately, you are not here to vote. [...]

It’s pie season.

Once upon a time I made an Dutch apple pie – you know the kind with cinnamony, buttery crumbs on top. Then I ate the whole thing in twenty-four hours. I didn’t share very much either. It was that good. Dutch Apple Pie I used winesnap apples because I’ve been bringing them home in mass [...]

Walnut Pesto

There were giant bunches of basil staring me down at the farm stand. They said:“My only desire in my short basil-y life is to be pesto.”And so I acquiesced.Basil can be very persuasive.  Walnut Pesto Makes about 6oz A couple roasted garlic cloves, more or less to taste 1 ounce fresh basil leaves 1 ounce [...]

Better than Nutella

Nutella is one of those foods that I just won’t buy. Not since my freshman year in college anyway. Back then I bought it twice or three times when I first moved into the dorms. I ate it on everything from toast to fruit and it was especially good right off a spoon directly from [...]

That’s right, there’s cereal in my cookies.

When you’re moving cities it’s important to eat all the things you are going to miss when you’re gone.  Wings from the Dugout…  Ice Cream and Chicken from the Big Dipper… It’s important to go with friends…  It’s important to use up all the stray baking ingredients hiding in your kitchen… It’s important to do [...]

Black and Blue Berry Crisp

Well, it’s over. Graduation weekend came and went in a flurry of activity and far too much food. We had multiple BBQs some with family some without and I’m pretty sure I haven’t cooked a proper meal in almost two weeks. I also can’t remember the last time I ate anything leafy, healthy or salad-like. [...]

Gluten-Free Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think I need to take a computer course. Isn’t that ridiculous? Isn’t my generation supposed to be naturally computer savvy? Unfortunately I seem to have missed out on the “computer genius” gene and I’ve been struggling with uploading pictures off my camera (among other things). The program just shuts down every time I plug [...]

All Natural Nutella

There really isn’t too much to say about this except that you should be making it right now. Seriously, go get your food processor. I’ll wait. Ready? Good. This is so easy and since the first ingredient is hazelnuts it’s actually pretty healthy. I can’t say the same about store-bought Nutella in which the first [...]