Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sweet Stuff

At the risk of sounding as if my brain has been soaking in Aunt Jemima syrup, I am posting once more about Candy. She read my last entry, had a few amendments and sent along three more recipes. To be honest, Candy is a pseudonym but I promise, her real name is as sweet as she is.

For those who worry I've lost my suburban edge, the next post will be about a different topic entirely: Why I love TI.

From Candy: "Just the other day, after being together for nine months, Olly just told me that they never told him that I was coming sailing that day. As I was walking on the dock, looking for the boat I saw an elderly man....We looked at each other and I stuck out my hand and said, brightly, you must be Olly. He looked puzzled, but rose to the occasion and escorted me to the boat. The rest is history. We really have fun together. We laugh a lot. We hug a lot. We go the the opera, the Philharmonic, the ballet, to dinner with our friends, walk a lot, sail a lot, talk a lot, had fires in the fire place all winter. One problem - we both have traveled so much we can't find new places to go and don't want to revisit places. I did take him on a five day kayaking trip in Florida. He had never kayaked and I was a novice (I had done it a few times). The trip was rated for experienced kayakers but I thought his comfort level on the water would qualify. And the date of the trip was convenient for us. Welllllllll, we were the last kayak to get to each destination on the river and swamp, but we had a great time and will do it again. Good to hear from you."

Five Minute Chocolate Cake:
One large coffee mug. Into mug add 4 tbsp. flour, 4 tbsp.sugar, 2 tbsp. cocoa. Mix well . Add one egg. 3 tbsp. milk, 3 tbsp. oil, 3 tbsp. chocolate chips, a little vanilla. Put in microwave 3 minutes at 1,000 watts. It will rise over the top. Look before tipping out onto a plate.

Passover Matzoh Butter Crunch.
Line two large pans with alum. foil and parchment paper (very important). Place four or five boards of plain matzoh flat one layer in pans. Melt 1/4 lb. sweet buttter and one cup brown sugar in a pan and stir til it bubbles. Pour over matzoh boards. Put in oven for five minutes, watching that it doesn't burn. Remove and sprinkle with 3/4 cup choc. chips. You can add chopped nuts at this time. Return to oven for five minutes, watching again that it doesn't burn. Remove from oven and spread choc. chips kind of evenly over matzoh. Cool, and cut into serving pieces (kind of messy). refrigerate for a while. Yum Yum.

Another one: Pretzel Kisses.
Get the small square pretzels (like waffles). Lay them flat on a cookie sheet. Place a Hershey's kiss on each one. Put in a 225 oven for a couple of minutes til the kisses are soft but still in their shape. Press one M&M onto each kiss to slightly flatten it. Cool and eat!

These are all fun for the kids to make.

Love, Candy

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