This post is neither light nor local. However, I think you all deserve a snapshot of things that go on in my kitchen that don't fit into those categories. I've said it before, about 75% of my weekly groceries come from local farms (meat and produce), shops and artisans. I really do try to keep most of our shopping local. Every week I find myself at the regular grocery store for certain staples. Organic (and from New England) milk is cheaper there, as are the Cabot cheeses and dairy products I fill my fridge with. Plenty of other things fill my cart when there - chips, taco shells, the errant frozen pizza, avocados, popcorn, candy, and yes, even soda.
We're not perfect in this household. We try to eat as much local and organic as we can. I buy local bread to avoid HFCS when possible, but I do love me a run-of-the mill ginger ale or cola once in a while. I like baby steps and moderation as a mean to an end. No, I don't like HFCS, but if it finds its way into my home here and there, that's life. Small steps to a larger life of healthier, local living with a goal of better food; it's not overwhelming.
Why am I telling you this? Somehow Oreo cookies and Cocoa Krispies made it into the cart this week. They only find their way magically into my cart if I'm craving this recipe. I found it on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. She's an evil, but lovely temptress with her blog. Actually, her blog, was one of the first I ever read. If you have a sweet tooth and have never checked out her work, you must run, not walk to that site. There are no adaptations for this recipe, because frankly, Peabody's work is awesome just the way it is.
Oreo-Cocoa Krispies Treats
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 ounces mini marshmallows (use fresh ones)
4 cups Cocoa Krispies Cereal
3 cups crushed Oreo cookies
Butter a 9x13 baking pan and put it aside.
Melt three tablespoons butter in a large pot. Add marshmallows, and melt over low heat until it resembles marshmallow cream with few lumps. Remove from heat.
Add Cocoa Krispies and Oreos and stir until both are well coated.
Pour into prepared baking pan. Using a spatula that was either coated in cooking spray or run under cold water for a moment, press mixture into pan. Cover with foil and set aside for a couple of hours to set.
Cut a piece of wax paper larger than your baking pan, flip pan onto sheet, wriggling the bars out. Cut to whatever size you'd like and enjoy!