Guest Chef #1 and Peanut Butter Cups

I’m so excited to bring you something new on my blog today!

This is my first edition of Guest Chef. Part of the fun of hosting a blog is that it’s opened the door to wonderful – and delicious – new conversations with my friends, family and co-workers.  I’ve discovered that cooks, whether they’re professional or self-taught, really love to share their recipes, passion, and ideas with each other. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to my first Guest Chef: Shannon O’Donnell.
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People in the Pacific Northwest might know her better as “that sweet and smart Meteorologist on KOMO TV who doesn’t take any crap from a thunderstorm!” Mother Nature has met her match!

I also know Shannon as an amazing cook! Not only can she deliver an accurate forecast, she can deliver a gourmet-worthy meal! And multitasker? You have no idea! Last weekend, she was busy tracking a line of storms rumbling through Western Washington and still had time to make this incredible Peach Cobbler for the newsroom!

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When she’s not cooking for her colleagues, Shannon loves to cook for her family. While she’s recently taken a break from her own blog, The Rainy Day Cafe, it’s still a treasure trove of mouthwatering, gossip-worthy recipes that you should definitely check out!

I wanted to know a little bit more about Shannon’s favorite foods, so I fired off a few questions – I am in the business of interviewing people, after all! You don’t want to miss the recipe she’s sharing with us today – be sure to scroll down!

1. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pumpkin-hazelnut muffins from Great Harvest Bread. And avocados.

2. What is your favorite restaurant in the world?
Gary Danko in San Francisco was pretty darned fantastic!

3. What is your favorite ingredient to cook with?
Probably chocolate…!

4. What is on your “Will Not Eat” List?
Escargot. Not matter how fancy that may sound in French, it’s still a SNAIL in English.

5. What is one of your favorite recipes?
Chatty Kathy’s Peanut Butter Cups. Find out the story behind the name HERE!
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Ingredients:
* 1/2 cup melted butter
* 3 cups powdered sugar
* 1 tsp vanilla
* 2 cups creamy peanut butter (use the cheap kind, not ‘natural’ varieties like Adam’s)
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 12 oz Choc chips + 4 T butter

Directions:
1) With an electric mixer, blend the 1/2 cup melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, peanut butter and brown sugar until well-mixed.
2) Melt the chocolate chips and 4 T butter in a double boiler.
3) Press the peanut butter mixture into an ungreased 9×11″ glass (Pyrex) baking dish. Pour melted chocolate over the top and spread evenly.
4) Refrigerate at least an hour. Cut into bars. Indulge and enjoy!

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