Sunday, March 31, 2013
Sesame and Chocolate Puppy Chow
The old and the new - this constitutes life.
Old beliefs and new philosophies. Grandparents and newborns. Old hobbies and new interests. Old fossils and new species. The old grounds us in its nostalgia and wisdom; the new taking us to places we haven't yet been to explore fresh sights and sounds and tastes.
And now my reading habits have come to embrace this yin and yang.
Because I'm a dork, spending time in a used bookstore is one of the best things ever. Ever. Row upon row, shelf upon shelf of book. All the books about all the things! Such order! And all the books just waiting, waiting to be picked up and taken home to be loved.
I have a special fondness for those old books. The ones with some heft to their covers and that wonderful musty smell. My personal bests so far include:
-Mary Cullen's Northwest Cookbook from 1946
-Adam Bede from sometime in the 1800s
-a 1943 Nancy Drew.
Recently, because I'm perpetually late to the game in just about everything, I've also come to love reading books on my phone. No more clunky booklight during a bout of 2 am insomnia! Convenience! So portable! Maybe I can sneak a few pages of reading while the toddler wears his concentration face to engage in the exacting task of gluing Greater Kudus onto construction paper!
There is room in my heart for both forms of books. And there is room in my heart for two Puppy Chows. The old one - here - is a glorious Halloween celebration in a giant plastic container. And contains notes of Nutella and some butterscotch. This new one is a bit subtler - slightly less garish, slightly more pastel, and much more sesame. Specifically, in the form of roasted sesame seeds and tahini. And pretzel M&Ms for some of that salty/sweet deliciousness.
Adapted from bettycrocker.com
9 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup tahini
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds
vanilla salt and/or fleur de sel
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 package pretzel m&ms
In a large bowl, pour in the Chex cereal. In a medium glass bowl, place chocolate chips, tahini, and butter. Carefully microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Carefully microwave again if needed. You want the mixture to be melted together. Stir in vanilla. Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal. Get the cereal as evenly coated as possible, then sprinkle with the salt and sesame seeds, and then the powdered sugar. Place the mixture on waxed paper to dry. Mix the M&Ms with the cereal mixture once it has dried. Place in an airtight container.