Playing hookie…sort of.

I have a midterm exam today.  Let me repeat, I have a midterm exam TODAY.  This is my way of convincing myself to stay focused and study, study, study.  But in the meantime, why not blog about my latest means of procrastination, reading food blogs?!  Also, did I tell you I am now a “Featured Foodie” on RecipeLion???  Check it out.  It’s like, totally awesome.

After my trip to the International Food Bloggers Conference this past August, I was approached by a fellow blogger about the possibility of publishing with RecipeLion.  100 emails and 5 brownies later, I’m a published wanna-be cook!  Miracles still happen!  Do me a favor???  Take a look at my page.  Tell me what you think. Bake me a brownie.  Ok, I’ll settle for your two cents on my page but if you have extra oreo that would be great too.  Yes, I have chocolate on my mind at 7:52 in the morning.  Lay off.

And just because I love you more than marshmallow puff in a jar at midnight, here’s a list of a few dishes that caught my eye this week.

1. chocolate chip toffee bars.  because as you know, chocolate is my weekness.

chocolate chip toffee bars
chocolate chip toffee bars

2. Cajun chicken pastaNoodles and spicy chicken. I mean, duh!

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Cajun Chicken Pasta

 3. Slow cooker apple butter. An absolute must for fall.

Apple Butter

Apple Butter

 4. Texas Chili.  A meal to warm your bones.  I love one pot meals!

texas-chili

texas-chili

5. Biscuits and Sausage Gravy.  A perfect morning demands sausage gravy.

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

And just because I am so willing to put off studying to spend time with you (aka procrastination)…here’s another picture of those rotten little pups I love to cuddle with.

Peace, Love, and Publishing like a big girl~

The Hungry Wife

Chocolate cookies in my mouth!!

I have so many pictures and recipes that I want/intend to share with you.  Lately things at home have become very hectic.  School is back in session, stuffed husband is on call all week, we had a random tropical storm blow through, and then just to make things real interesting, Chloe came down with a stomach virus.  Poor lil puppy was throwing up every other hour for almost 24 hours.  Stuffed husband and I stayed up with the poor little girl all night.  (NOTE TO SELF: wait to have babies until you are sure you can live with only 2-3 hours of sleep a night)  I may never be ready to have kids.

In other news, I want to show you something.

This sweetness is a chips o’hoy cookie baked into a brownie-like chocolate cupcake.  There are no words to accurately describe it.  You just have to take a big ole warm bite of chocolate gooey goodness to get what I’m talking about.

I don’t have the exact recipe but I’ll walk you through what happened when a good friend was willing to take care of dessert at our house one night.  I am still thanking God for that dessert.  HEAVEN I tell you!  She started by melting a little butter and chocolate together in a bowl in the microwave.  I used an out of focus image because this way you can not see how badly my microwave needs to be cleaned.  WIN!

While the butter and chocolate melted in my “clean” microwave, she filled a muffin tray with cupcake liners and plopped one chips a’ hoy cookie at the bottom of each. mmm.  Next she mixed several dry ingredients (flour, sugar, etc) with a few eggs.

Then she dumped in the chocolate/butter mixture, mixed it all together, and poured it over the cookies.  I was drooling at this point.

Then she baked these for only a very short time.  Just enough time to ensure that the middles were still batter.  Oye, what a treat.

I apologize for the poor lighting.  It keeps you from really appreciating the deliciousness of this sweet treat.  MMMMMMM. Slurp.  These treats were easy to make AND their presentation very clever. 

When I get my hands on the recipe, I’ll be sure to share.  Happy Monday!

Peace, Love, and Dreams of chocolate~

The Hungry Wife

chocolate chip coffee cookies

I gave up caffeine three years ago.  Admittedly, I have been allowing myself more and more lately.  Every time I smell the aroma of freshly brewed joe I go a little (okay a lot) weak in the knees.  I. NEED.  JAVA. 

So in an attempt to pull back the reigns on my caffeine consumption I have decided to a. give up caffeine for lent (start to pray for new orleanians now) and b. to come up with sneaky ways to get a hint of the smell or taste of coffee in other recipes.   This cookie recipe was my first attempt at that AND it turned out to be successful as evidenced by the fact that there were ZERO cookies left by the very next day.  Stuffed husband ate at least six the first night.

Cookie Monster

 

chocolate chip coffee cookie

 

Here is what you’ll need to get started:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • large eggs (I made a half batch, hence the single lonely egg)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
  • Later you will also need cool whip and less than a 1/4 cup of instant coffee.

    To get started mix together your flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl.  Also, preheat your oven to 350 ºF.

    In your mixer (I’m so sorry if you don’t have one.  Get one.  Beg, save, babysit, do whatever you have to to get the money.  But get one. Or we can’t be friends.) mix together the softened butter and both sugars on medium until fluffy.

    While those two get acquainted go check on your leaky and mischievously cute puppy.  Make sure she’s not peeing on anymore of your nice throw pillows.

    passed out chloe girl

    Doesn’t look like she could be doing too much harm.  Once your butter and sugar are combined drop in your eggs and vanilla and stir it all up again.  Stir it up, little darlin, stir it up.

    Next drop in your flour mixture in intervals.  I’ve said it before, I’ll type it again…DON”T dump it all at once.  The flour will be lumpy and difficult, like my thighs.  And you’ll over work your mixer and that ain’t right.  Poor thing doesn’t deserve to be mistreated.  I love my mixer.  Obviously.

    How can something so funky looking taste soooo gooood.  Now, take a fingerfull and savor it.  If you’re like me, take two or three…or four fingerfulls of dough.  It heals my soul.

    At this point you can take your bowl off of the mixer stand.  Throw in your chocolate chips.  Don’t eat these the whole time and then have to open a second bag at this point.  Wait, that may just have been me.  Anyway, mix your chips into your dough by hand.

    chocolate chip cookie dough=manna from heaven

    Now grease a few cookie sheets.  If you love me you will grease your cookie sheets with margarine or butter.  The spray stuff doesn’t do your homemade, made from scratch, tears, and sweat cookies justice.  Butter=better.  Then drop spoonfuls of your dough onto the cookie sheets leaving about an inch or two for your cookies to spread out.

    Put these babies in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until just golden brown.  Be sure to let them cool for a few before you try to eat them.  Not that I can wait.  Monkey see…do not monkey do.

    There is a cookie monster in my house.  Now let’s get on to the fun part.  Take your cool whip out of the fridge.  Only take two huge spoonfuls and place them directly into your mouth.  Trust me, this is part of the process.

    Place a spoonful on the bottom of one completely cooled chocolate chip cookie.  It is important to let the cookies cool thoroughly or your cool whip will melt right off.  Follow this dollop of creamy goodness with a sprinkle of instant coffee.

    mmmmmmmmm!!

    Now go make these for someone you love, make them for your mom, make them for yourself.  Just make them because I promise you will be so happy you did.

    No classes this week so I’ll be cooking most nights which will mean two things 1. more dirty dishes for stuffed husband, 2. more ways to procrastinate on the laundry that desperately needs attention.  I still need a maid…anyone??

    Happy humpday ya’ll.

    Peace, love, and plenty o’ whip cream-

    the hungry wife