Peanut Butter, Pretzels, and Spicy Beans

Mmm, what’s this?

A new topping for my oatmeal, methinks? It’s not all that new, actually, but I did make it myself, and it was GOOD!

Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter. Henceforth known as CC Yum.

Start with some fresh peanuts.

(Have you ever looked at a peanut? I mean, REALLY looked?? They’re so many different colors, not just beige and tan.)

Partially pureed:

Fully pureed:

Melt chocolate, add, mix:

Valrhona Manjari 64%

Made with milk chocolate (for Peter), and dark chocolate (for muah):

Don’t worry Saratoga PB Company, you will always be my one true love. (Well, fourth love, after Peter and Maddle and Bon. Oh, and my father and sisters. And Peterโ€™s parents and siblings. And our other family and friends. Ok, Saratoga, youโ€™re not in the top ten but youโ€™re pretty high up there.)

Needless to say, I had to have a little of the CC Yum on a rice cake this afternoon:

With two new jams:

MUCH better than the Polaner preserves, and no HFCS. Lynn and Samantha, I tried to find Crofter’s and E.D. Smith at the local Stop & Shop, but no where to be found! ๐Ÿ™ I’ll keep looking. The Smucker’s and Bonne Mamam were wonderfully sweet and delicious, though.

Peter started making pretzels last night:

(Shortly after this picture was taken, I heard a “pssst” “Ahhhh!” “pssst” “Ahhhh!” coming from the kitchen. Apparently, Peter sprayed himself in the face with Pam while getting the pretzels ready to rest in the fridge. My question is: how did he manage to spray himself twice??)

The recipe is from Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day. This book has been great to bake from so far. Take a look!

Ready for the oven:

Fresh out of the oven:

Peter sprinkled each pretzel with two types of salt (regular, smoked) and garlic.

The Aerogarden provides good light when there is none to be found outside.

On the dinner menu: Spicy Curry Peas and Beans with Cauliflower

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 can chick peas
1 can beans of choice (I used pinto beans)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp tumeric
1 tbsp coriander, ground
1 tsp paprika (I used a sweet Spanish smoked paprika)
2 tsp sweet curry powder
1 cup water
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 cups cauliflower, chopped
Cilantro (optional)


Peter made our spice rack last summer:

He labeled each spice container himself:

Anyhoo, back to the food! Garlic sitting out before cooking:

Heat oil over medium heat and saute onions until soft. Meanwhile, drain and rinse beans:

After onions are soft, add the garlic and all the spices. Saute for 30 seconds:

(Side note: If you can, I always recommend grinding all your spices. I wish I could have you smell this fresh-ground coriander seed: sweet and spicy!)

Add beans and chick peas to pan, then add water:

Add cauliflower, jalapeno, and lime juice to mixture. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 10 minutes.

Top with cilantro and enjoy with rice or pitas!

Spicy and delicious. I’d bet this would be great with coconut milk and ginger also.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Q: Have you ever had cilantro? Do you like it? If so, what is your favorite dish with cilantro?

Edited to add: I’ve just found out who had the idea for the awesome spicy roasted broccoli I made on this day: it was Veggies ‘N’ Cake! Thanks for the great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. It sure was! ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. Oh my goodness!! Your CC Yum looks amazing!! And homemade pretzels too?!! I wanna come over to your house next weekend!!

    1. Haha, when you have Peter as a husband, every meal is an adventure!

  2. Mmmm your dinner looks delicious! And I can’t believe you made that amazing dark chocolate peanut butter- it looks out of this world!
    I do like cilantro. My favorite time to use it is in guacamole. So good!
    have a wonderful night!

    1. Cilantro in guacamole is so good!

    1. Thanks, I’ll tell Peter!

  3. I love dinner and the dark chocolate peanut butter too. You are so talented in the kitchen!!

    I really like eating cilantro in so many different things, especially Indian food. Who knew that such a little thing can make such a huge taste difference?

    PS – the new car is finally back and in working condition. For now! Let’s hope it stays that way. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad the car is working out – I’ll cross my fingers!

  4. That bean/veggie dish is so colourful! I love it!

    I think Peter’s next task should be to make you peanut butter pretzels. Now THAT would be delicious!

    I do like cilantro, raw, cooked, sprinkled, in large doses…bring it on. Especially Mexican-inspired dishes.

    1. Peanut butter pretzels – yes! I’ll get him right on it!

  5. Spice rack? You mean spice wall.

  6. Cilantro is one of the few spices that I can’t stand. I don’t know what it is but I just do not like the flavor. Which is not good because I really enjoy mexican food and cilantro is all over it!

    My husband always makes fun of me because he thinkgs Cilantro doesn’t have a taste. He will put pure Cilantro in his mouth and says it doesn’t taste like anything. Oh well, to each their own:)

    1. True! I find that either people love cilantro or hate it. It does have a pretty strong flavor!

  7. hahahah at least Saratoga’s in the top 10! The peanut butter looks so good. I love the smell of the factory while we make it.
    Your spice collection is awesome and I agree about grinding your own. EXCEPT cloves… they ruin spice grinders! (well, mine at least!)

    1. Oh man, can I come see Saratoga PB Co. make their wonderful peanut butter, pretty pleeeaaase? ๐Ÿ˜›

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