(Originally posted 9/30/08)
I bake. A lot. I love the process and I love knowing I have control over the quality of ingredients my children consume. And when I feel like my children would rather carbo-load and abandon all healthy fruits and proteins, I sneak them in their snacks. I'm famous for dumping assorted dried fruits and nuts in the their favorite granola bar recipe. As long as there's a handful of chocolate chips in there too, they'll eat anything. This is especially handy for C. since, well, she's still a little string-bean and they're always after us to get her to gain weight!
To keep my bars from sticking, I spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray (translation = canola oil in a can). I love cooking spray for jobs like this. It's so quick and so much cleaner than greasing the old fashioned way. What I don't like, however, is the greasy, misty film that it leaves all over the counters, stove, floor, and anything else that may be "in the line of fire".
What I do? Lay the pan on the inside of the dishwasher door and spray away.
When I'm done, I just close the door and the next time I run the dishwasher, the film is washed right away. Easy greasing. Easy clean-up. Happy Mommy.
This post is linked to Kitchen Tip Tuesdays.