My 3rd grader somehow managed to take me into his reading class and into “All About Chocolate”, the book. The task: Complete the book review and bring a chocolate treat to share. 🙂
Last week was my busiest week, but somehow my kid kept reminding me to make sure we had something with chocolate for his class. He already knew he wanted to bring chocolate strawberries. We went to the store and got a very simple couple of ingredients: Strawberries and melting chocolate. Probably everyone knows this recipe already. However, I was amazed at how little time this recipe took as I was able to put it all together in 5 minutes. Our goal was to have 14 strawberries ready to go by 7:55am, and we did it! When it was all done, three thoughts occupied my mind…
1) I should NOT panic when it comes to being a part of my kids’ school activities. (Somehow there is also time to have some fun together!)
2) How expensive valentine chocolate strawberries are!
3) When it comes to putting together a nice and quick chocolate recipe, I should listen to my kids more often.
Ingredients: Chocolate, hard chocolate to microwave (store-bought, of course)
Instructions: Clean the strawberries. The leaves may be handy for hand-picking. Dry them with a paper towel. Follow the hard chocolate directions for melting the chocolate. When melted, immerse the strawberries half way through into the container of chocolate dip.
It has been years since my home-made cookie dough days. Store-bought cookie dough is extremely tempting for me. No demons of laziness here. Just busy. Time has an effect on cooking and baking. Strangely, time also reappears to connect our taste buds to memories every time. Inevitably, fresh batches of home-made warm cookies kept popping out of my head. If not for taste and aroma, then for health. Lack of chemicals and additives in home-made dough will surely please health conscious friends.
Taking it a bit further, home-made cookie dough can feed our imagination and creativity. For example, this is my original recipe. It’s a simple, surprising improvement over good old chocolate chip cookies. The original ingredient: Nutmeg!
Cycling back to taste buds and memories, my Dad was absolutely crazy about nutmeg. He wanted his home-made fruit juices topped with freshly ground nutmeg. (At the time Cartagena food stores only carried whole nutmeg.) He wanted my Mom to add nutmeg to every home-made cake she made. This small, powerful ingredient can surely turn a boring drink, cake or ice cream into a whimsical event!
Ingredients: 1 cup oil; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 3/4 cup white sugar; 2 eggs; 2-1/4 cups sifted flour; 1/2 tsp baking soda; 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp vanilla; 1 (1-oz) square baking semi-sweet chocolate (shaved); 1 tsp ground nutmeg
Mix all the above ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to combine and mix well.
Form spoonfuls and place them on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake them at 400(F) degrees , for 10 minutes.