Although it might seem like I’m well on my way to baking every recipe in Alice Medrich’s Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy cookbook, Tara from the amazing Seven Spoons asked me about one recipe that had I hadn’t tried, the nanaimo bars. I think she was intrigued because Medrich’s version, called Maya’s No-No-Nanaimo Bars, is quite a bit different than the classic. For one thing, you bake these in two stages, and apparently real nanaimo bars aren’t baked at all. The whole idea was new to me, so without any expectations, I gave it a whirl. By the way, Medrich credits the recipe to Maya Klein of Portland. In a nutshell, this recipe is a revelation. My pan was a little too small, so the chocolate ganache layer is absurdly thick. The middle layer is cream cheese based. And the bottom is made with shredded coconut and chocolate graham crackers, but I couldn’t find the grahams in my market, so I jazzed up some regular ones with cocoa powder. I recommend you make this recipe for friends though, because these bars are intensely good, and it’s a little bit risky to be left alone with a whole pan of them.
If this next photo looks familiar, that’s because I’m using it for my new blog banner. I hope you like it, and my new profile photo too (a shot I snapped in a park over the summer). And maybe you noticed I migrated my old blog over to this one completely — all 500 posts (after some encouragement from Irvin, Laura, and Shauna). Well, I decided to delete some random posts after moving them over because of broken video links or general weirdness. Why all the change? My mother once said to me, “Guys don’t change one, two, or three things, they change everything.”