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Meyer Lemon Bars

11 Aug

I love lemons. They are one of my favorite ingredients to use in cooking and baking. Since becoming a more avid baker/cook I’ve discovered meyer lemons. What are meyer lemons? Meyer lemons to me are a delicious combination of orange and lemon. Sweeter and more fragrant that regular lemons, they are great to use in a dessert. When I found them at a recent trip to Whole Foods I immediately grabbed some.

Mr. Kitchen Misfit’s Mom was having a BBQ for his birthday and I decided to use up my meyer lemons. I Googled extensively and found a great recipe for meyer lemon bars. I have to say, they were a huge hit and there were only 4 measly little bars left. I say that’s a successful recipe.

Meyer Lemon Bars

Adapted from Closet Cooking

For the crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted room temperature butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt

For the lemon filling

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup meyer lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • confectioners sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix in the flour and salt until it comes together. Press down into a greased 8-inch pan, using the back of a spoon to even it out. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

In a separate bowl, mix eggs and sugar until smooth. Mix in lemon juice and zest. Mix in the flour and pour onto crust. Bake until set, about 20 minutes. Let cool and sprinkle with confectioners sugar. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

I may have found a new love. His name is Meyer.

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Why Disney Isn’t the Happiest Place on Earth

2 Jul

I just got back from the happiest place on Earth, and it isn’t Disney. Nope, it’s a little camp based in Casco, Maine, called Camp Sunshine and I look forward to coming to this Camp EVERY.SINGLE.YEAR. I talk about it incessantly to my friends, and yet I feel that they don’t truly understand how much I love this place. Unless they have been there themselves. It’s magic.

More specifically, I usually go to the same week every year. You see, Camp Sunshine is a camp for families with children who have life threatening illnesses. The week that I go to is for the disease called Fanconi Anemia, a rare blood disease that has no cure. I love coming to FA Week because it’s the same group of families and volunteers that go every.single.year. I love these families like they are my own. I would do anything for them, and I would do anything to help them.

Tell me you can’t look at these faces and not immediately fall in love?

So what does this have to do with food? Well, I decided to bake something delicious (and easy!) to bring up to camp. The answer? Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. After a quick Google search I found a really easy recipe over on Eat At Allie’s that I really enjoyed and they came out delicious and everyone at camp gobbled them up. So enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Adapted from Eat at Allie’s Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • 2  1/8 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with parchment paper (or foil), letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

Mix the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Add the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and stir until just combined. Then fold in the chocolate chips.

Press the batter into the pan and stick it in the oven until the top is golden brown and slightly firm to the touch. Should take about 20-25 minutes. Make sure they cool completely before you cut them up.

In my haste to get them packaged up before my husband ate them all, I neglected to take a pretty artistic picture of them all cut up nice. So this is what you get for the finished product.

Uncooked, but you get the picture. They were delicious, gooey and I would make them again in a heartbeat. And they were so simple to make, especially since I had absolutely no time the day before I left for camp. Enjoy and have an awesome 4th of July!


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