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Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.



As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.



Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

peppermint bark

for Christmas this year, i decided to try Paula Deen's recipe for peppermint bark.  this was a very easy recipe that took no more than 15 minutes to prepare.  for the first step, candy canes are placed into a plastic zip lock bag and crushed using a hand mallet.  next, i melted a bit more than one pound of ghiradelli white chocolate in the top of a double boiler, and added about 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring.
 when the chocolate was completely melted, i added the crushed candy canes and mixed them into a smooth chocolate mixture.  next, pour the mixture onto a sheet pan that has been covered with parchment paper.

place the candy in the refrigerator for 45 minutes until firm.  then, remove from the cookie sheet and break into pieces for serving.
here is a photograph of the bark prior to placing into the refrigerator. the bark can be served in a candy dish or added as a garnish to a dish of ice cream.

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