Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Joyce Lamont's Favorite Minnesota Recipes and Radio Memories

Joyce Lamont was a fixture of Minnesota radio from 1946 until she retired from radio in 2003.  She was at WCCO, the local Minneapolis CBS affiliate from 1946 until 1989, at which point she moved to KLBB, which is where I heard her for the first time. Over the years she did a lot of what they referred to as "women's programming". In that time she collected many recipes. 

In 1978 she published a book titled Joyce Lamont's Favorite Recipes.  I don't know anything about that one, but in 2008 Joyce Lamont's Favorite Minnesota Recipes and Radio Memories came out.  It's primarily a recipe book, but it does contain a short piece about her time on the air and quite a few photos.

I've tried several of her recipes and found it a very inviting cookbook. The Chicken Broccoli Hot Dish didn't go over so well, but the Beef-Cottage Cheese Pie was good, as was the Apple-Gingersnap Pie. But the big winner was the Chocolate Marble Bar recipe, which is similar to the classic rice crispie treat. If you need a reasonably easy dessert for a decent-sized crowd this is a good one. Everybody likes rice crispy treats and this is a truly decadent version.

Chocolate Marble Bars

This easy bar cookie is a take-off on the popular marshmallow cereal bars, but it doesn't use marshmallows. A combination of corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter coats cereal, which is marbled with chocolate. All I can say is yum!

1 cup corn syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
5 cups rice cereal flakes
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In large microwave-safe bowl, combine corn syrup and brown sugar. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir. Return mixture to microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes longer. Rinse off spoon in hot water.

Stir in peanut butter until mixture is smooth. Add cereal flakes and stir until coated. Then add the chocolate chips and stir just until mixture is marbled.

Press mixture into buttered 13 x 9-inch pan. Let stand until firm, then cut into bars to serve. Yields about 48 bars.

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