I have a vivid memory of jump roping with friends. Two ropes, moving in opposite directions, stretched out to about 8 feet in distance with the twine spinning like a twirling vortex of an atom. Whipping the concrete like a slap on the face, the music and whoosh of it beckoned me over and over again until I had the courage to dance inside. Soon I made my move, simultaneously ducking in below the upper arc and jumping up to miss the lower sweep. I did it! Soon was in a rhythm that I loved. We chanted, too, yelling melodies that ranged from short tunes about smelly boys to recreating lyrics from misunderstood rock and roll songs. And I just. kept. skipping.
There are so many wonderful memories of a carefree childhood. We didn't worry about cholesterol, or fat, or even the dreaded high fructose corn syrup. And so it would make sense that I was enthralled with sugary cereals as a viable nutritional option. Captain Crunch, Cocoa Krispies and Lucky Charms topped the list, with Kix and Alpha-Bits vying for a solid top five position.
But life got better! When I first discovered Rice Krispy treats I knew I had tasted heaven on a plate. Gooey, sweet, crunchy and for sure habit-forming. I have eaten so many over the years I'm astonished they didn't change the jingle to "Snap, Crackle, Pop, & Camine."
You should know that I can make Rice Krispy squares in any serving size. One bite all the way up to catering orders! If I have a craving, and there is only 1/2 C of cereal remaining, I can whip of a single serving of marshmallowy crunchiness that will match the taste and texture of a whole recipe. It's not really something that fits on a resume but I am still danged proud of that skill. Until I had the opportunity to again elevate those sugary bars for an Easter Dessert. No I'm even prouder-er. Call it being inspired by what lay on the shelf of my pantry. Or call it genius. These will take you back
Oh, and just invite your Cardiologist over to join in the fun...makes scheduling your first appointment easier.
RECIPE: Rice Krispy - Cocoa Puff Marshmallow Squares
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.