HOLD THE BOWL
If your family members turn up their noses at a bowl of oatmeal, try giving them a sandwich made with oatmeal for breakfast instead. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup 60-percent vegetable oil spread with no trans fat. Beat until creamy.
Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla, and beat well. Add 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas; beat well. Combine 1 cup all-purpose flour and 2 / 3 cup whole-wheat flour and add to sugar mixture along with 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 2 cups uncooked oats. Mix until blended.
Drop by heaping tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and spread into 2 1/2 -inch circles. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Spread 2 teaspoons of peanut butter on the flat side of one cookie and press a second cookie over the peanut butter.
Makes 24 sandwiches.
Per sandwich: 180 calories; 9 grams fat; 1.5 grams saturated fat; 10 milligrams cholesterol; 150 milligrams sodium; 22 grams carbohydrate; 2 grams fiber; 5 grams protein
-- Recipe and analysis from
the Quaker Oats Co.
Range offers microwave in a drawer
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Life goes on for Stewart's company
Martha Stewart is still indisposed, but her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, is going strong. The company has just launched a series on Public Broadcasting Service stations called Everyday Food.
The 26 weekly episodes are designed to offer quick, easy and practical solutions for preparing meals that are the hallmark of the company's Everyday Food magazine.
The hosts are five members of the Martha Stewart Living test kitchens. Stewart herself is one of the show's executive producers.
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Make a Cajun feast 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Road, Columbia. $19, plus $15 materials fee. Call 410-313-4700 or visit Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks at www.co.ho.md.us / RAP / RAP_HomePage.htm.
Explore the flavors of Southern France 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 8-22, at the Arnold campus of Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway. $91. Must be age 21 or older to enroll. Call 410-647-7100 or visit www.aacc.edu.
Learn how to make Italian Sunday-night suppers 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Donna's in Columbia, 5850 Waterloo Road. $35. Call 410-659-5248, ext. 112.
Learn signature dishes from the Near East 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1 to March 1, excluding Feb. 22, at Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave. $90, plus $30 fee. Call 410-323-5500 or visit www.rpcs.org.
Make hot dips and homemade chips 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at For the Love of Food, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown. $45. Call 410-833-5579, 443-865-0630.
Learn the art of cheesecake-making 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave. $35, plus $10 materials fee. Call 410-323-5500 or visit www.rpcs.org.