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Hot Breakfast New Year’s Resolution

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Most kids in America do not eat a hot breakfast. Cereal seems to be most common when breakfast is eaten at home. But breakfast is too often eaten on the go, a granola bar in hand as an afterthought while racing out the door. Starting the day off right, as they say, is incredibly important. My latest book, Eat Your Breakfast or Else!, helps young children understand this through the book’s main character, Jared, who encounters a harrowing journey to outer space when he does not fuel up properly. I now have a video live on KitchenDaily that shows you how you can serve fluffy and flavorful flapjacks any day of the week in under a minute! Yes, literally in under 60 seconds. Watch the video and you’ll see…

Serving a hot breakfast is pretty easy if you plan ahead. Make 2011 the year that you feed your family something homemade and healthy for the first meal of the day!

Peanut Butter Makes Everything Better

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

I love cooking, but I love cooking with colleagues even more. That’s where the good ideas come from, and those are the moments where I become a better cook. This past summer I filmed 45 videos for my show, “Pantry Challenge,” on AOL’s The premise: show busy moms how to create delicious and doable recipes from items they already have in their pantries, solving their unique cooking challenges. One such challenge was what to do with currants. Sure, we could stuff them in a scone or pop them in a pilaf, but I thought it might be fun to make something that most people buy in the box. And so, my chewy, fruity granola bars were born.

Lauren's Chewy Granola Bars

Photo by Aimee Herring for AOL

The photo basically says it all: they are moist, chewy, and packed with dried fruit. The currants are even better than raisins for granola bars because they are half the size with just as much flavor. How could these granola bars get better? My colleague, friend, and food stylist, Erin Merhar, loved the recipe so much that she added in one of her favorite ingredients (and one of mine, too): peanut butter. The result is an even better granola bar. Thank you, Erin! Here is Erin’s recipe that uses my original recipe as a base:

2 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
1 c. light brown sugar
1/4 c. wheat germ
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 c. chopped peanuts
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c. honey
1/4 c. peanut butter
2 T. maple syrup
1 T. vegetable oil

Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a 9″ x 13″ pan with wax or parchment paper. Stir together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, currants, apricots, salt, and cinnamon in large bowl, being sure to break up any clumps of sugar or dried fruit. Set aside.

In a smaller bowl, mix the honey, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown.

Remove from the oven and lift the wax or parchment paper from the pan. Let the granola slab cool for 5 minutes before removing the paper and cutting into bars.

Cool completely before eating or wrapping.

Jewish Soul Food

Monday, September 13th, 2010

It might seem strange to think about food for a holiday about fasting, but that’s just what I did when AOL asked me to write some recipes for Yom Kippur – break-the-fast, that is. Stranger still, I am STILL thinking about it! (Well, let’s face it…it’s not that strange, especially if you know me.)

herring blintzes rugelach quiche

Should I make some blintzes with cherry sauce, or just some chocolate chip rugelach? I do make the blintzes fairly often, as it is hands down my son’s and husband’s favorite breakfast. My Great (and great) Aunt Candy will be serving her legendary kugel, so I can cross that off my list. I already prepared some pickled herring with apples and walnuts as a Rosh Hashanah hors d’oeuvre; but maybe I’ll pick up some matjes herring from Russ & Daughters. If I end up with leftover smoked salmon I absolutely will make a “lox, eggs, and onions” quiche.

What is your favorite break-the-fast food?

Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

What could be better than key lime pie? The ice cream sandwich version, of course! In my new AOL series on, Pantry Challenge, I show busy mom and PR professional, Jennifer, how to make this delicious no-bake dessert. Want to lower the calories a little? Use sugar-free jello and low-fat graham crackers.