CB’S Extra RK Treats
OOEY GOOEY AIN’T NO FOOEY
Who doesn’t love a good rice krispies treat? I’ve been enjoying these since the 70’s. They were always at the school bake sales. Invented in 1939 by two Kellogg’s employees in Battle Creek, Michigan, as a promotional vehicle for the cereal. These are an American tradition. Simple ingredients. Easy to find and affordable. I went down the YouTube rabbit hole and compiled a recipe that kicks these up to new heights.
Did you know these are $2.95 at Starbucks? Each!
Firstly, they’re called the Marshmallow Dream Bar. Ooh. Secondly, that and a grande latte will cost you over $10. Plus, the gas to drive there and back and now you’re at $15. You could make a whole platter of these and my Hibiscus Tea and still have money left over. I’ve learned from the kids that terms like extra are used in a variety of different ways these days. For instance, if someone says to you, “You’re so extra”, that means you’re doing too much. A friend of mine says of that type of individual is “team too much” or “extra”. That’s why I used the word in the recipe title. Hopefully correctly. In conclusion, I feel older than dirt.
As of this posting, last night, the 95th annual Academy awards were held. Thankfully, it was nothing like last year, The Slap felt around the World. The film Everything Everywhere All At Once won 7, including 3 of the 4 major acting awards, Best Director and Best Picture, It’s one of the wildest, most confusing movies I’ve ever seen. I did not enjoy it. However, I’m thrilled for actors Michelle Yeoh becomes the first Asian woman to win Best Actress and Ke Huy Kwan. In addition, the first Indian movie, RRR, won for Best Song, Naatu Naatu (Ethnicity). The video I posted above is from their electrifying performance from last night. Above all, Costume Designer, Ruth Carter, became the first black woman to win 2 Oscars. Remarkable. This year, Hollywood honored more people who look like the world. Diversity and Inclusion.
March Madness is Back!
The NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament begins this week. (March 14 – April 3). Known as March Madness, my alma mater, USC, has never won. However, they did make it to the 64 team single-elimination tournament this year. Yay. In addition, crosstown rival, UCLA, 11-time champions, will by vying for their first victory since 1995. Similarly, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament has also begun, with USC being the number 1 seed. Unfortunately, this time that stands for the University of South Carolina. The Gamecocks, led by hall of fame coach, Dawn Staley. Warren Buffet still offers $1 million cash to the perfect bracket. To take your chances and fill out one for free, Click here.
CB's Extra RK Treats
- 1 9x9 in baking dish or 9x13 in cookie sheet w/ rim
- parchment paper
- 1 large pot or dutch oven
- wooden spoon
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 stick
- 16 oz mini marshmallows, divided into 6 cups, I cup and 1/2 cup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 6 cups crispy rice cereal
- Line a baking pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Grease with butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Keep close.
- In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Allow bubbles to rise and fall to brown butter. 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add 6 cups mini marshmallows and stir until just completely melted. Stirring constantly. 3 to 4 minutes. Don't overcook or the mixture will harden.
- Remove or take off the heat and immediately stir in vanilla and salt. Stir. Working quickly, fold in the cereal and 1 cup of mini marshmallows. Stir/fold together until well coated and added marshmallows just start to melt but are still chunky.
- Transfer quickly to prepared pan and pat down with butter stick wrapper lightly and evenly into the pan. Let cool for a few minutes.
- Melt 1/2 cup mini marshmallows in a microwave safe cup for 15 to 20 seconds on high. Remove and using a spoon or a fork, quickly drizzle melted marshmallow on top of mixture. Make any pattern you like. Get creative. Set aside to cool completely to room temperature. 1 hour. Slice into squares and enjoy.
- Cover and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Good luck with that. Do not refrigerate.
Despite the climate change deniers, Southern California is experiencing a real winter. As a result, we’ve had rain and cold temperatures since January. I love it. However, it does make driving around here a nightmare. You’d think people never saw rain before. A city of shorts wearing, cracked windshield wiper blade having, still on their cell phones Angelinos. God bless us everyone. I used to joke that the city closed on rainy days because no one wants to go outside. Newscasters are dispatched to every corner of this vast city, to report on precipitation. It’s like an event. Above all, it helps to relieve the decades long drought this area has endured. It brings a much needed cleaning to the city. Highly anticipating the green and blooms that are sure to follow this spring. Allergies too. A good time to make some Extra RK Treats. Thanks for reading. Enjoy.
What was your favorite movie last year?