Caramel Macadamia Nut Rice Krispie Treats

Well these are decidedly NOT vegan and definitely NOT healthy.  But, they are oh so delicious and the husband was craving some Rice Krispie treats.  He so rarely asks for anything specific that I feel when he does, the request should be honored.

That’s a little bit of a lie.  He actually asked for “Rice Krispie treats with m&ms” and I thought…. “hm, can I make those a little fancier?”. The answer is yes, yes I can.  And I can include Macadamia nuts because, let’s face it, they’re the most delicious little things on earth.  Crunchy, tropical, buttery.  Yum!  So, I scoured the internet and found this Todd English gem for fancy Rice Krispie treats.  And maybe this time Iain didn’t ask for these specifically, but judging by how many he ate, I think next time he will.

Recipe from Epicurious

Caramel Macadamia Nut Rice Krispie Treats

  • 4 cups puffed-rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup salted, roasted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped*
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* I could only find raw Macadmia nuts.  So, these were quickly “roasted” in a frying pan with a little cooking spray and a sprinkle of salt.  Just heat until toasty-brown.

Butter 17- by 12-inch rimmed baking sheet. Line with parchment paper, leaving 1-inch overhang on each end, and butter paper.

In large heatproof steel bowl, toss together cereal and nuts.

In heavy large saucepan over moderate heat, stir together sugar and 6 tablespoons water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, then raise heat to moderately high and boil without stirring, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush, until syrup turns deep amber in color, about 8 minutes. Carefully stir in cream (mixture may splatter and briefly harden) then stir in butter. Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla.

Drizzle caramel over cereal-nut mixture and, using heatproof silicone spatula or wooden spoon, stir until fully incorporated. Spread mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm and slightly cooled, about 10 minutes, then break into bite-sized pieces.

In small metal bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water, combine chocolate and oil. Heat, whisking occasionally, until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Drizzle chocolate mixture over Rice Krispie pieces and let stand until chocolate hardens.

Rice Krispies Treats will keep in an airtight container for up to two days.

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Labor Day Weekend Fun

Well hello again!

A day off from blogging becomes 2, becomes 3 becomes over a week later.  It’s been a great week, as any national holiday is.  Complete with a trip down South to my roots in the Carolinas.  Tailgating at my alma matter, Clemson (in South Carolina) and then two lovely nights with my parents at a Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina.

Enjoy the pics and snipets of the trip and I’ll be back up and running with new recipes soon.

[WARNING: Some gross injury photos included at the very bottom.  Scroll at your own risk.  You have been warned.]

First thing off was starting with a yummy tailgate.  Got a “Bo Box” from Bojangles and it was worth every greasy calorie.  BBQ & Fried Chicken are definitely my ‘treat’ foods.

Sorority Sister reunion

Mom & Dad at the gameThe whole gang

THE MOST EXCITING 25 SECONDS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Then, on to Asheville where we stayed at the lovely Abbington Green.

And of course, obligatory food picture.  This one taken from the Early Girl Eatery.  Some of the best Collard Greens I’ve ever had!

Now, as promised, the disgusting injury photos.  Went for a run on Saturday morning and wound up tripping over some uneven pavement and sliding across the ground.  I’m now on day 5 of a break from running and recovering nicely.  Hopefully, this little rest period won’t impact my marathon training too much.

You were warned…

Delaware Water Gap – Just an hour outside of NYC

I’ve been living in the NYC/NJ area for about 6 months now (wow, has it been that long?).  I still feel really new and am just getting familiar with the area.  One of the best discoveries so far is learning how quickly you can get to pure nature outside of the city.

Just under an hour  you’re in the mountains and on the Appalachian trail.

A few weekends ago Iain and I, and our friends Chris and Kim drove out to hike the Sunfish Pond route.

About 5 miles roundtrip and pretty steep in some places.  But, that glacial pond is worth it!

Kim & puppies took a swim.

Me & Chris taking a break

Sunflowers!It was still pretty hot when we were there.  I can’t wait to go back in the fall, with the crisp air and leaves turning.  I’m also looking for places to go Apple Picking in the area.  Any suggestions?

Staying healthy and safe during a hurricane – what to buy

I’m no stranger to hurricanes, since I grew up in South Carolina and lived in Florida for 4 years.  They are, pretty much, a Hallmark of late Summer / Fall.   But I definitely didn’t expect to be preparing for one in the NYC / NJ area.  No way.  I think Irene has caught us all by surprise.  And I’m mad because Hurricane Irene thwarted an Annual Girls weekend in Florida this weekend!! Not because she’s barreling down on Florida, because she’s barreling to NYC.  I still can’t get over that!

Nonetheless, we now know in the NYC area that a hurricane is on the way, scheduled to impact our area early Sunday, and we need to start to prepare.   Hurricane prepardness is no joke.  Plan for the worst, hope for the best.  This post assumes that electricity will go out, water will not be available and you’ll be home-bound for 1-3 days.  But, fingers crossed that this will be the worst anyone will suffer.

Stock up on non-perishables AND fill your freezer.  When power goes out, you want your freezer to be chock full of frozen goods so that it takes longer to thaw out.  So YES, this is your excuse to go to the store and PILE up on ice cream.

The hubby and I went shopping last night for some basic supplies (along with the rest of New Jersey). The goal was to stock up on healthy eating items.  Here’s what was on our list:

  • Water (obviously)
  • Bananas (fruit that will be ok at room temp)
  • Bread (tons to stuff in the freezer)
  • Crackers
  • Ice cream!  (We got several So Delicious pints)
  • Lara bars
  • Canned soups (ensure you have a manual can opener)
  • Canned rice
  • Canned beans
  • Almond milk (great because it won’t spoil at room temperature)
  • Candles & batteries (obviously)
  • Apples  (fruit that will be ok at room temp)
  • Pita Chips
  • Garbanzo beans ( I plan on making a big batch of hummus early Saturday)
  • Carrots
  • Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate
  • Board games & Playing cards!

And I most definitely plan on making “Hurricanes” Saturday night.  (come on over !) 

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 1 orange
  • Passion Fruit Syrup
  • Dark Rum
  • Maraschino Cherries

I’ll post the full recipe tomorrow as I make it.  Assuming we’ll have wi-fi!

One last thing.  Precautions to take at home:

  • Bring in patio furniture and outdoor plants
  • Remove A/C units from windows.  (don’t want these flying out!)
  • Fill up bathtub and pots with water for extra provisions.

Stay safe, people!!  And “Constant Vigilance”!  (my two favorite words from the Harry Potter series, appropriate in ANY situation, CV).