Sunday, July 8, 2018

An Armenian Immigrant and His Successful Candy Company - a Story by Joel Denker

If you’re old enough, you might remember a TV commercial jingle that started out with these lyrics: ‘Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t …’

If you DO remember this, then you’ll know that the rest of the jingle referred to Peter Paul Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars.




Peter Halajian, founder of Peter Paul Manufacturing Company
Joel Denker sent me the link to a very interesting story he posted on his ‘Food Passages’ blog last month. The topic: Peter Halajian, founder of the Peter Paul Manufacturing Company.

Click here to read Joel's story about how this Armenian came to America  and ended up starting what turned out to be a very successful business.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

No Bake Key Lime Cream Cheese Pie

We’re getting ready for the Fourth of July and boy, is it HOT outside! A lot of neighbors I’ve spoken to don’t want to bake,  use their stove tops, or even grill! I’m with them – up to a point.

We’re keeping our menu simple and as cool as possible.

The dessert on the menu is one I’ve been making for years - No-bake Key Lime Cream Cheese Pie - my son-in-law's favorite! 
Even though this recipe is not Armenian in any way, shape or form, I thought I’d pass it along because it's so darn good!

Wishing you all a Happy Fourth of July!!


No Bake Key Lime Cream Cheese Pie (Image from Kraftcanada.com)


No Bake Key Lime Cream Cheese Pie

Ingredients:
1-9“ commercially-prepared graham cracker crust
8 oz. Cream cheese, softened (low-fat may be used)
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (fat-free may be substituted)
¼ cup to 1/3 cup Key Lime juice (depending on the degree of tartness you desire)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1       Leave the cream cheese at room temperature for about 30 minutes before starting.
2     Using an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth.
3      Add the condensed milk and vanilla, beating until blended.
4      Add the desired amount of Key Lime juice and beat thoroughly.
5      Pour mixture into prepared crust. Cover and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
6      To serve, top with whipped cream, if desired.