Favorite desserts include candy bars as ingredient
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 09:33
PERRYSBURG - Emily Galambos is probably the most popular bridge player in Wood County.
|Emily Galambes with her grape-candy dessert. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
That's because she comes bearing gifts.
Every single Tuesday evening fellow members of the Perrysburg Duplicate Bridge Club wait to see what she will walk in the door holding. Will it be a pie, cookies, cake or some other offering to the group's collective sweet tooth?
The same is true on Thursday nights at the Bowling Green Duplicate Bridge Club, where Galambos is also a regular.
It's not like she's assigned to a committee that provides refreshments, or paid for her offerings.
"I do it every week," she confirmed. "I just think it's a nice thing to do; I love to cook and bake."
Half the fun is trying out new things and getting the group's reaction.
Last week Galambos tried a recently-acquired recipe for a dessert called Butterfinger/Grape Delight.
She promised someone he could take the leftovers home with him.
"The next thing I looked over, and oh my gosh, it was gone!"
It's a sweet treat, and hardly low-calorie, but the juicy red and green grape halves it contains are a wonderful contrast to the crushed buttery-chocolate candy bar and cream cheese flavors.
"That was the first time I made it, but that recipe is going in the favorites book for my daughter and daughter-in-law."
Galambos explained that she is in the process of producing a book of all her best recipes, one for each of the women.
Now retired, the Toledo native worked for a company doing special events. "I was exposed to a lot of menus and recipes and ideas through my job."
She's married, a mother of two and grandmother of four.
"My daughter Jennifer Krieger and her husband Terry live in Perrysburg. He has a business in Bowling Green - Refrigeration Mechanics."
Galambos says she only took up bridge about a year ago, but it's fast becoming an obsession.
"I went for lessons, and I found a wonderful place to play," she said of the Perrysburg-based club that meets in the Perrysburg Senior Center on West Indiana Avenue.
"It's a wonderful group of people. I think bridge is good for your mind. The people are so supportive and helpful," despite her near neophyte status.
Of course, they sincerely appreciate her constant flow of delectable desserts.
Among past offerings from Galambos have been a pear tart, Amish friendship bread, chocolate eclairs, banana bread, "and I made fudge one week.
"In the fall I made pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting, and I made those Toffee bars with the saltine crackers.
"I try to do different things. If I do bars one week, I'll do bread the next week. I might do cake the week after that."
This week she plans to offer the group an old favorite of hers called Snicker Salad - another recipe that makes creative use of candy bars.
It includes cut-up Granny Smith apples, honey roasted peanuts, crushed pineapple and chopped Snickers candy bars; all combined with butter, powdered sugar and Cool Whip.
"I got that recipe years ago. A bank I went to, they would send out a newsletter with recipes on it. I was going someplace to a potluck and I took it."
Snicker Salad is "something people aren't used to, but I've had more people ask for the recipe" after they've gotten a taste of it.
"It is an unbelievably wonderful treat."
Galambos has long had the habit of walking four miles a day, which allows her to indulge her sweet tooth regularly.
"I don't deprive myself, but I have learned that the second bite tastes just like the first," she pointed out. It's a mindset that allows her to stick with reasonable portion control.
"I just like to live life and have lots of new experiences," Galambos concluded. "Today is not a dress rehearsal!"
2 lbs. red grapes
2 lbs. green grapes
2 8 oz tubs of cream cheese fruit dip
8 large Butterfinger candy bars
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (crushed)
Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar together until creamy. Add grapes and mix well.
Put in 9-by-13 dish and sprinkle with crushed Butterfingers. Refrigerate.
5 - 6 Granny Smith apples (cut into small pieces)
5 large Snickers candy bars or 12 fun-sized Snickers bars, chopped (refrigerate candy bars first for easier chopping)
1 cup honey roasted peanuts
16-20 oz. can crushed pineapple (drained)
In separate bowl combine:
1 stick butter (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
Combine all ingredients together and then fold in 12 ounces Cool Whip.
* This salad tastes best when made the day before serving.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 August 2012 11:54