Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hannah's Cookbook

I decided to compile all of Hannah's recipes from her cooking class to make her a cookbook.  I found a small scrapbook at TJ Max and printed out the pictures I had taken from her class.  Hannah wanted the original handouts from her class, instead of me retyping the recipes.  I had to get creative with some of the pictures in order to make everything fit.  I think it turned out so cute, and Hannah is very proud of her book.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have seen this particular recipe on 3 different blogs in the past 2 weeks, so I thought I'd better try it! It did not disappoint. Hannah said "These are SO delicious!!!", which made me feel pretty good!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
found here, here, and here 

2 cups plus 2 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks (12 TBSP) butter, melted & cooled until warm
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg plus 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Combine the dry ingredients. Set aside. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and the egg. Mix well. Add the vanilla. Incorporate the flour mixture. Add the Chocolate chips. Put big scoops onto a cookie sheet. Space a couple inches apart. Bake for 10-14 minutes (in my oven, I baked them 14 minutes). Don't overbake! They will appear underdone, but they aren't. They are working their magic to become chewy. Cool for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Microwave Smores (Hannah's Cooking Classes)

Microwave Smores

8 regular or chocolate graham cracker squares
3 TBSP chocolate-hazelnut spread
3 TBSP marshmallow creme

Spread 4 squares with chocolate-hazelnut spread. Spread remaining graham crackers with marshmallow creme.  Place graham crackers, marshmallow sides down, on top of chocolate-hazelnut spread.  Place on a microwave-safe plate.  Microwave, uncovered on 100% power for 30 seconds.  Serve at once.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pink Yink Ink Drink & Popcorn Fantasy(Hannah's Cooking Classes)

Pink Yink Ink Drink
no picture, Hannah was sick this class

1/2 pint fresh or 1/2 cup frozen blackberries, thawed
1 cup milk
6 fresh strawberries, green tops removed, or 1/2 cup frozen, thawed
1 tsp honey

Put the blackberries in a blender and puree them. Pour into a large glass. Put the milk, strawberries and honey in the blender and blend. Strain the mixture (optional). our the strawberry mixture carefully on top of the blackberries. Makes one serving.

Popcorn Fantasy

Pop microwave popcorn and remove carefully from microwave.  Gather "extras" of your choice and place in large bowl with popcorn.  Mix together, share and enjoy.

Suggested extras:
  • craisins
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • mini pretzels
  • chocolate or butterscotch chips
  • popcorn toppers (shake-on flavors)
  • grated cheese
  • Other dried fruit- cherries, blueberries, etc
  • Gumdrops or other chewy candy (gummy worms, gummy bears)
You can also drizzle on any favorite ice cream topping.  The idea is to change the taste and texture of the snack, providing a "popcorn fantasy."

Berry Parfait (Hannah's Cooking Classes)

Berry Parfait

2 1" thick angel food cake slices, cut into 1" cubes
3/4 cup fresh strawberries (sliced) and/or raspberries
4 oz container vanilla pudding
1/4 cup whipped cream

Gently stir vanilla pudding and whipped cream together.  Place 1/4 cake cubes in the bottom of each glass.  Add 1/4 of the berries and top with 1/4 of the pudding mixture.  Repeat each layer.  Serve immediately.  Makes 2