I have always liked the kitchen, loved to shop for kitchen items and generally like to cook dinner, but about three years ago, while working at a very stressful job, my love for the kitchen really took off.
I would drag myself through a 70+ hour work week, then instead of collapsing on Friday evening and sleeping in on Saturday mornings, I started cooking elaborate meals and desserts. It was during this time that I perfected making cheesecake in every imaginable way possible (Oreo cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, turtle cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake.... I can go on and on...).
Thank goodness I do not have that job anymore... but the stress of it turned me to the kitchen and began an even deeper love of cooking, especially new things.
So when I find myself with a little extra time (like when a hurricane keeps you home for more than a week), I get in the kitchen. Today I made these:
Recipe from Katie
Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease a 8x8 pan.
melt 4 Tbsp of butter, add 2 Tbsp oil and 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter and mix until smooth.
Add 1 cup packed brown sugar and stir well
Add 1 egg and stir well
Add 1/8 cup of milk and 2 tsp vanilla extract, stir well
Add 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup flour (I only had wheat flour), 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup chopped peanuts- stir well. Mixture will be thick.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set in the middle.