A travel snack should be easy, make ahead, and travel well. I'm more of the non-chocolate dessert type, so blondies have always been my preferred bar dessert. My three year old is in love with blueberries, so we always have them around. They go great with macadamia nuts for crunch and a bit of nutmeg for spiciness. You can really use whatever nut you have at home that is your favorite, as long as it is toasted nicely.
The blondie recipe is sort of a mash up of Mark Bittman's and the classic Joy of Cooking. If this recipe were on a brownie box it would say "somewhere between cake-like and fudge-like." I like the addition of granulated sugar to get a bit of a crunchy crust and a bit more salt to give the blondies that carmelized saltiness. Best of all - brown the the butter for the recipe - the toasty flavor really makes it special. —meganvt01
After spending years in school while working full time, I'm happy to finally have my evenings pursuing my other passion, cooking! I have a 4 year old boy and a husband that are both adventurous eaters and supportive tasters. I spend a good bit of my vacation travel preparation researching local and regional foods and my friends all make fun of my food obsession.
I've always been pretty confident with my techniques cooking from recipes but I am enjoying Food52's challenge of putting those techniques to work for my own versions of my favorite foods. I love to learn and the group of people that contribute to this site are a great resource.
As an Annapolis native, I love to cook with our local produce and seafood whenever possible. I try to support our community of fisherman, farmers, other food producers and chefs as much as possible.