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From scratch: No-bake crispy chocolate and peanut butter pretzel bars

Summer vacation is here, and so are my nephews. They’re spending a couple of weeks with us, passing the time watching Skylander Academy, playing dominoes, destroying things on Xbox, moving to Just Dance, petting my sister and her husband’s puppies, and doing all other things that 11- and 7-year-olds find entertaining.

Like most kids, they can be picky eaters sometimes, so I consider it a personal victory when they come over and eat (and enjoy) food that I make for them. So far, I’ve been successful in having them eat homemade pancakes (thank you, Alton Brown), and my chicken and mushroom tomato alfredo pasta. Yesterday, I thought I’d try making them something similar to the no-bake chocolate peanut butter bars I’ve made before, with a twist.

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From scratch: Lucban longganisa quesadillas

To anyone who’s familiar with the Philippine delicacy, Lucban longganisa is amazing. They’re mini link sausages that are salty with a nice kick of garlic, which I prefer by a wide margin to the Kapampangan version (which is basically meat candy). Plus this savory little treat is so versatile, you can eat it on its own, as an indulgent accompaniment to your choice alcoholic beverage (a.k.a. pulutan), with some rice and fried egg for a filling breakfast, or use it as an ingredient to improve or create a dish. It was my desire for the latter that got me to go one night where no man has bravely gone before (as far as I know): Lucban longganisa quesadillas.

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From scratch: Chocolate chunk peanut butter pancakes with banana cinnamon topping

I’ve been wanting to make peanut butter pancakes for a while now, but for some reason, I’d always fall back to the old habit of making them plain and having everyone just top them with whatever they want. Well, I decided yesterday to stop procrastinating and finally get to those peanut butter pancakes.

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