Spiked Apricot Squares

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by Chris on July 28, 2014


Eight months.  It is hard to believe I have been living in California for 8 months.  Time has flown so quickly; the transition seems like yesterday.  The whole experience has been exciting, productive, and…if I am being completely honest, therapeutic.

Professionally, I am right where I am supposed to be.  It’s as though all the roads I have taken throughout the last twenty years were leading to San Jose. Or, maybe Dionne Warwick was really just singing in my ear all these years.

Personally, I am happy, too!  There have been life tests, relationships from both coasts that have come and gone, and several health issues/weight gains.  Even so, I am riding the wave and remaining on two feet.  I know who I am, and I am in a good place. Whatever transpired in the universe to bring me here, I would like to give it thanks!  So, cheers to the stars aligning….Let’s toast with a few spiked apricot bars.


Last week, I was fortunate to receive several bags of freshly dried apricots after attending meetings at the Packard Foundation‘s Taaffe House.  The Taaffe House is the former Packard family home and  was remodeled as a meeting and conference facility. Nestled in the Los Altos Hills, the property is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

While I ate several apricots as they were, I also rehydrated the lovely sun kissed fruits in sugar water that I spiked with Crown Royal® Maple.  Adding the extra spirit into the liquid is not necessary, but it sure makes for a good-time dessert!

These bars make for a such a good-time dessert that I believe they are appropriate for my graceful exit. After (almost) 8 years wonderful years, I am moving on from Mele Cotte.  The site will remain up, and the Mele Cotte Facebook page will continue serve as an outlet for future food adventures I’d like to share.  However, I don’t foresee any more posts here. It is time.

So, I would like to extend my gratitude for all those who visit, and continue to do so.  Thank you.  I truly appreciate your company and support!  Good food, good friends, good times – It’s what life is about.

Grazie per tutto il tuo amore e sostegno in questo periodo. Sono tanto grata per te e per il tuo amore.




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Saima July 29, 2014 at 4:08 AM

Thank you for all the amazing recipes you have shared with us! Miss you at Amana and will also miss reading you posts on Mele Cotte. Best of luck always.

brandi July 29, 2014 at 6:04 AM

good luck with everything, friend!!

Jamie August 8, 2014 at 3:34 AM

I hope that your voyage, your new adventure takes you wonderful places…. Wishing you all the best!

Bren January 9, 2015 at 7:02 AM

Love that song! And anything with apricot!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You September 2, 2015 at 3:23 PM

These apricot squares look simply DELICIOUS! Welcome back to the blogging world.

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