Monday, October 1, 2012

To Daniel - Yogurt Cereal Bars

Though I've had people I once loved fade out of my life in various ways, some more difficult than others, I have never lost lost someone I deeply cared for. It is a pain that I can't possibly comprehend. And when that person is a spouse or significant other, I think the heartbreak magnifies. This is a person you chose, out of all the people you've ever met, to remain faithful to. But sometimes that time is cut short. It's not fair and it doesn't make sense. But it happens.

You are so loved.

I've never met Daniel Saraga in real life. Our only encounters have been through the Secret Recipe Club. But he was always a friendly, welcoming, and vibrant personality. He ran a blog with his wife, Meredith, and I loved that a husband and wife could blend their different backgrounds in cooking together. For Meredith, this woman I have never met and probably never will meet, I am so sorry. Sorry for this devastating loss, and sorry that these words are inadequate. I wish I could take away your pain. No one deserves to feel this. Your love for each other was immediately apparent to anyone who visited your blog.

For my tribute, I chose something that Daniel and Meredith developed together for their young son. Yogurt and cereal bars – simple and sweet, but very deliberate, and filled with unconditional love. To Meredith and her children – hang in there. We're all sending so much love your way. I know I wish I could do more.

Yogurt and Cereal Bars

by The Haggis and The Herring

2 cups corn flakes
3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tbsp flour

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
Combine corn flakes, flour, sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Cut in butter until coarse crumbs form.
Press half of the mixture firmly into the bottom of a greased 8-inch square pan.
Mix yogurt, egg and 2 tbsp flour in another small bowl.
Spread yogurt mixture over cereal mixture in pan and then sprinkle the remaining cereal mixture on top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool and cut into bars.


  1. What a wonderful choice! They look delicious!

  2. What a delicious choice, and a wonderful to an SRC member who will be sorely missed. Your cereal bars look great.

  3. Your post was warm and heartfelt. For those of us who have known Daniel through blogging, his presence with be missed.

  4. I love your reason for choosing this recipe. Beautiful post and tribute.

  5. Thank you, everyone. I do what I can...

  6. This is the first post I've seen for Daniel today that made me tear up. What a beautiful tribute.

    1. Thanks, and I'm sorry for making you cry. Sometimes catharsis is good though.

  7. These look absolutely delicious! What a great way to honor Daniel

  8. Wonderful recipe and beautiful tribute to Daniel.

  9. Your bars look gorgeous! It's a great recipe and a wonderful tribute!

  10. I love your reason for choosing your recipe, a lovely tribute to Daniel.

  11. You said it all... a lovely tribute, for a wonderful man


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