Archive | June, 2013

Toffee Squares

25 Jun

I’ve been quite busy starting my new summer gig- I’m a research lab assistant at a hospital in Boston! Very excited to tap into my inner geek/mad scientist. Since Fridays are my days off (and I’m on vacation this week), I’ve decided to start a weekly baking session from the recipes in my Grandma Judy’s cookbook. There’s something so appealing about old-fashioned sweet treats. The simple yet mouth-watering flavors are hard to come by now that everything is processed and artificial (we’re basically eating plastic now, right?). I started off the project with toffee squares. A very simple and tasty bite-sized dessert definitely meant for sharing.

One interesting thing that I’ve come across in these hand-written recipes are discrepancies in ingredients or cook-times. The toffee square recipe called for dates, but the instructions magically reference nuts. I decided to try both!



What’s your preference?  I was torn between the two!

My dad, one of the Mastah Grillaz, took in both versions of the toffee squares to work for distribution- both were gone almost instantly and were tied in popularity.

I’m excited for the next recipe to try- butterscotch bars!


I got impatient waiting for the molten chocolate to cool down so I stuck it in the fridge to speed up the process and to let me indulge sooner. 😉




Grandma Judy’s Cookbook and Banana Pudding

25 Jun

I have inherited my grandmother’s cookbooks. You may think, “oh how sweet,” but they have great meaning attached to their yellowed pages. My grandma, famous for her desserts, kept these cookbooks almost as a diary. She would carefully label the books with the date she received them, just as she dated every picture she took. She marked recipes with potential cook-dates and tucked away newspaper clippings and other hand-written recipes in between the pages. Of course, whoever gifted the cherished cookbooks to Grandma Judy were also given credit (along with personal notes- birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). Recently (for Father’s Day) I decided to make Great Grandma Lula’s famous banana pudding, in preparation for the family reunion in August. Naturally, I headed to the back cover of the 1965 Betty Crocker cookbook, where Grandma Judy wrote the recipe.


My Father’s Day endeavor was a great success. In my opinion, it was easier to make than instant pudding! Fun fact: it’s actually plain vanilla pudding with the addition of fresh bananas. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a little while and let the amazing flavor of the bananas seep throughout!