Hungry Heart

Adventures in healthy living

Childhood Favorite


I’m in love with my new cast iron skillet.

Last night’s salmon came out perfect.

I seared it on the stove top for 4 minutes on Med/High, flesh side down.
Then I flipped it over and put it in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy in the middle.

(This was a pretty thick piece of fish. Reduce cooking time depending on thickness). 

It paired nicely with some leftover from this week.

A potato cake and a side of vegetable soup.

Yesterday when I got home from work I found myself craving chocolate.
I got the urge to make a treat from my childhood.

On The Stove Cookies, No Bake Cookies. Whatever you call them, they were one of my favorite cookies as a kid. 

And so easy to make. No baking required.
Boil ingredients on the stove, stir in peanut butter and tons of oatmeal.

You have yourself a cookie in 15 minutes.
The rough part is waiting another 15 for them to cool.
The best part is ‘cleaning’ the pan with a spoon :)

On Top of The Stove Cookies
makes about 2 dozen

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk

Boil ingredients together in a large pot. Once the liquid boils, stir for one minute.
Remove pan from heat.
Add 1/2 cup peanut butter and 3 cups oatmeal, and stir.
While the mixture is still hot, drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper.

I realize these cookies have tons of sugar.
A few years ago I tried to reduce the amount. Not a good idea.
It threw off the texture of the cookie, and they never set correctly.
Sometimes you just can’t make a cookie ‘healthy’. And I’m ok with that. 

I love these with a glass of milk. Or for breakfast.

I’m off to go eat my cookie breakfast.


  1. I forgot about these! Mom made them all the time, now I’m wanting them! :)

  2. Those cookies were from Aunt Love! and when you boil it exactly the right amount of time , they are the best! and eating with a spoon before they set is mandatory!

  3. i loved having these at your house!

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