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Food for the Gods

Food for the Gods or date bar is a very rich and tasty dessert fit for the holidays. I have no idea as to where the name was derived from until I tasted one. The flavor is really heavenly and you can feel a lot of love in it.

After reading lots of questions and concerns from our friends about the availability of ingredients and possible replacement or substitutes for not so common ones, I made sure to feature the recipe in its simplest form. Enjoy!

Try this Food for the Gods recipe



1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour,sifted

1 cup butter (about 2 sticks)

1 cup granulated sugar (white), sifted

1 cup brown sugar

3 pieces raw eggs

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup dates, chopped

1 cup walnuts, chopped


Cooking procedure:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt then mix well.

2. Cream the butter in a separate mixing bowl and add the sugar (white and brown) while continously mixing until texture becomes fluffy.

3. Beat-in the eggs on the mixing bowl with butter and sugar then continue mixing until everything is well distributed.

4. Gradually add the flour-baking soda-baking powder-salt mixture while continously mixing (don’t forget to scrape the sides with a silicon spatula).

5. Put-in the dates and walnuts then mix until well distributed.

6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

7. Grease the baking pan and pour-in the batter.

8. Bake for 10 minutes then pull down the temperature to 300 and continue baking for 35 minutes or until done (you may use the toothpick technique)

9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down

10. Slice and wrap individually if desired.

11. Serve. Share and enjoy!


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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: About 6 dozen cookies
1-1/2 cups butter softened
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I used kosher; could have used a little more)
4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups coarsely chopped nuts, optional

Heat oven to 350°F.

In large bowl beat butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs on medium
speed or with spoon until light and fluffy. Stir in flour,
baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in chocolate
chips and nuts.

On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by tablespoofuls or #40
cookie/ice cream scoop 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly.

Bake 11-13 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft).
Cool 1-2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Notes: Almost more chocolate chips than dough.


***This recipe never gets tired and always a hit when kids are around and bigger kids as well.

Posted in A New Year, A Possibility, A whole lot, Being Strong, Being You + Being ME, Bounding Time, Celebration, Clean Up Time, Common Sense, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Familia

Year Of The Water Dragon

Hello 2012….

I am as eager to see what you have in store for us.

I am also hoping to see a lot of good things from you as you come slowly and quietly into our loves.

I am definitely expecting a lot of good stuff for 2012.

Although it ain’t my year I got some good vibes for this year will an amazing one.

Let’s see what the year of the water dragon has to offer…

Happy New Year and Welcome 2012!!!