The Food Corner


by Paul Cormier, Salamanders of Kemptville

Finger foods really help make the season bright. Grandma Beth and Liane go out of their way to make toothsome sweets this time of year. The recipes below are two of their favourites. I’m pretty sure that any number of you have tried them in the past. For those who haven’t they are heavenly…

Chocolate Cherry Jewel Bars

1 ¼ flour
⅔ cup firmly packed brown sugar (divided in thirds)
¾ cup margarine
1 egg
1 ½ cup of mixed nuts
1 ½ cup halved candied cherries
1 cup chocolate chips

Combine flour, 1/3 cup of the sugar. Cut in margarine till crumbly. Press evenly into bottom of 15×10 cookie pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Beat egg slightly. Stir in ⅓ cup of the sugar and a little salt. Add nuts, cherries and Chipits. Toss to coat. Spoon fruit over baked layer. Press firmly to adhere. Bake another 20 minutes. Cool and cut into 2 inch bars.

Peanut Butter Noodles

1 small package of butterscotch chips
½ cup of chunky peanut butter
½ package of Chow Mein noodles
2 cups of miniature marshmallows
If not using chunky peanut butter, add peanuts to taste

Melt butterscotch chips and peanut butter in double boiler. Remove from heat and add Chow Mein noodles and mini marshmallows.

You are sure to enjoy making these, particularly if the kids can get involved. Best to all for the festive season and please continue keeping in touch at [email protected].


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