CHARLESTON, W.Va. - I've mentioned before that I don't use Splenda or Equal in cooking, but Charleston's Karol Cavender does.
In an earlier "Healthy Bites" column, she shared her favorite Web site, www.dlife.com, a location she considers one of the best, containing thousands of no-fail, popular family-friendly recipes.
She later sent me one of her dessert recipes, featuring the delicious and unbeatable marriage of peanut butter and chocolate. Although the recipe calls for Equal, Cavender noted she uses Splenda.
She had an extra recipe foldout from Splenda around the house, so she enclosed it as well. The foldout had a guide for successful use of Splenda products.
I did see in the information that the one comment I've heard about Splenda (it doesn't always work in every recipe) was verified and addressed.
From what I read, between Splenda Granular and the newer Splenda sugar blend for baking, it seems the baking blend is the most rewarding and eliminates some of the failures that arise from Splenda Granular.
For a complete list of the cooking and baking tips, as well as more recipes for food and beverages, go online at www.splenda.com or call 800-7-SPLENDA.
I've commented earlier about liking chicken salad. Lisa McCracken, marketing director for Charleston Town Center Mall, e-mailed that she is partial to chicken salad and has a favorite that others might like to know about.
She gave a hearty endorsement to the homemade chicken salad served at the full-service soda fountain at Trivillian's Pharmacy in Kanawha City. McCracken rates it outstanding and says she has been enjoying it for years.
I know that Trivillian's owner Paula Clendenin has a healthy hot dog on the menu, and that she pays watchful attention to the ingredients that go into its "works" of wiener, chili and slaw.
Preferring to eat healthy, too, Clendenin's menu is laced with from-scratch, made-with-care goodies that include a variety of soups, sandwiches and salads.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Makes 48 bars
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened (could use Smart Balance tub or new Smart Balance/butter blend sticks)
1 cup Equal Spoonful
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup 2 percent milk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
3/4 cup quick oats
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/4 teaspoon salt