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Courtney Caughey-Stambul

February 29, 2012

Courtney Caughey: Who's getting excited for Easter?

NEW CASTLE —  I know Easter is still a little ways away. It's April 8 this year, in case you weren't aware.

I will be cooking this year and have started planning my menu. So far, it includes ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, candied carrots, a lite coconut cake, and "Easter Nest" treats with jelly bean eggs.

Over the next few weeks, I will share how I plan to prepare each dish.

Because this week is my first, I'll start with the most exciting recipe, the "Easter Nest" treats with jelly bean eggs.

This recipe is great for preparing on Easter day because it doesn't take up any space in the oven. The "Easter Nests" are no-bake.

To make the treats, you'll need:

•A small bag of jelly beans

•4 cups chow mein noodles

•3/4 cup peanut butter

•1/2 cup sugar

•And 1/2 cup light corn syrup.

To prepare the treats, break up the chow mein noodles into a large mixing bowl.

Combine the sugar and the corn syrup in a saucepan and cook on medium heat. Bubbles will appear at the outer edges of the mixture. Be sure that the sugar is completely melted.

Add the peanut butter to the mixture and stir. The mixture should be smooth.

Pour the mixture over the broken-up chow mein noodles and toss the noodles until they are coated. Try to coat them as evenly as possible.

Let the mixture cool off slightly so you can touch it.

Butter-up those hands and dig into the mixture. Take about 1/4 cup and form a ball. From the ball, form a nest shape.

Lay each nest on wax paper to cool. Once nests are completely cooled, place 4 jelly beans in the middle of the nest to represent eggs. Small malt eggs also would work if you don't like jelly beans.

And, there you have your "Easter Nests" with jelly bean eggs (or malt eggs)!


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