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Homemade Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter is just about as American as apple pie. And I think that at one time or another, when my kids were little, they subsisted entirely on the stuff. I prefer the healthiest kind available (freshly ground organic) but discovered that I could grind my own at home for a fraction of the cost. Kids love to help—pushing the button on the food processor is a favorite activity of my children—and the delectable flavor is well worth the small effort. It must be stored in the refrigerator, but honestly, it's so good it won't last long. I've even caught my husband sneaking spoonfuls. I'm sure you'll find it tasty too and about as easy as…well, pie.

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Granola Bars

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My kids take these granola bars to school for snack, and they doubtless experience an, "I can't believe it's not cookies" feeling of righteous swindlery. The fact that the bars are packed with whole grains and nuts, seeds and dried fruits, means that they're an excellent source of energy and nutrients, despite the sweet, greasy facts of butter and honey. This is my version of an excellent Ina Garten recipe -- she's the Barefoot Contessa, and I really love her no-nonsense style of cooking and eating.

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Fruit and Grain Bars

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Fruit and grain bars are great for snacks, but they can be quite pricey. At 15 cents per bar, this homemade version is a substantial savings over the store-bought kind.

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