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An Ode to Flatbread Crackers: The Accidental Baker

Gentle Readers, in the hustle and bustle to accomplish one’s food and eating goals, it can be quite easy to overlook the simple pleasures. Let’s take for instance, cheese and crackers. The combo is delightful, crunchy, salty, and protein-rich. Great snack food in my book.

Pimento cheese on a rosemary flatbread cracker. For the win.

Pimento cheese on a rosemary flatbread cracker. For the win.

Though we have 3 types of crackers from Trader Joe’s we adore, we had simply grown away from this snack staple. Then, along comes Rosemary Flatbread from The Accidental Baker in Hillsborough, NC. A birthday present from a good friend, they are the bomb!

The Practical Cooks Junior loved these rosemary flatbread crackers, accidentally baked or not!

The Practical Cooks Junior loved these rosemary flatbread crackers, accidentally baked or not!

The flatbread is fresh, crisp, bright, and just greasy enough to be completely satisfying. And lest you think this is me just having a moment, note that both The Practical Cooks Junior ask for these things by name. They are just that good.

The package is not huge, but the crackers have tremendous flavor.

The package is not huge, but the crackers have tremendous flavor.

Favorite treatment: slathered with pimento cheese. These crackers elevate the cheap stuff and work really well as a base for a spread. Don’t fret if they aren’t in your local store, check their website and see if you can get one of the mail-order giants to ship some to you. Trust me, it will be worth it.

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The Practical Cook’s First Recipe: What Is It?

Gentle Readers, apparently The Practical Cook has been practical for a very long time. Check out the first known recipe (though clearly not the first original one) as archived by TPC’s Official Biographer (Hi Mom!), probably committed to paper at around age 6 or 7:

The Practical Cook's First Recipe

The Practical Cook's First Recipe

Which translates into:

Two cups dry milk

One cup peanut butter

One-half cup honey

O 1/4 cup coconut

Apparently little me needed some editorial guidance in recipe formatting.

To be honest, I have no idea what this turns into, or what it tastes like, so I’m heading down to the test kitchen to make it and find out. An early version of peanut butter balls? Is “dry milk” the precursor to “whey powder”—let’s find out.

Blast from the Past: Here are the ingredients from the old recipe

Blast from the Past: Here are the ingredients from the old recipe

So I made a quarter of a recipe (that’s O 1/4 according to little me):

1/2 cup whey powder (my dry milk was way expired, and they seem roughly equivalent)
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon coconut

Dude, little me either a) was not precise in writing this down, though that doesn’t ring true here b) whey powder and dry milk are vastly different or c) this entire experience is why I grew up to be The Practical Cook, abandoning recipes that seem completely wack. As written above, nothing would form.

Mystery Peanut Butter Recipe, Adjusted

Mystery Peanut Butter Recipe, Adjusted

So I took some liberties and adjusted the portions:

1/2 cup whey powder
1/2 to 3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
2 Tablespoons coconut (hey, I like coconut, but any more and the balls would have crumbled)

I rolled them together and tasted. Sweet, much drier than I would like, and enough protein that I felt like it was still the Cold War Era and I was being groomed to compete in the Olympics against our sworn enemies. Egads. Or that I was going to grow strong teeth and bones or else. Also, very thirsty.This snack is for long-distance hikers and survivalists. The taste was okay, but I don’t have to eat lunch now. Possibly for a week.

Peanut Butter Balls from TPC's Past: aka Protein Bombs

Peanut Butter Balls from TPC's Past: aka Protein Bombs

So I still stand behind my modern version of Peanut Butter Powerhouse Snacks. However, this experiment makes me want to go back and retest a few other childhood memories. Amazing how tastes and trends change over time. To little me, and all the other little me’s in the kitchen: keep cooking, you’ll grow into it one day.

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