The Yummy Side of Life…

Chocolate Espresso Cookies
October 28, 2007, 3:05 pm
Filed under: Dessert

…in an email from my MIL.

Melt slowly in a double boiler:
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c. butter softened
1 T. instant coffee
1/2 t. vanilla
Set aside to cool while mixing the rest.
In a large bowl:
1 egg, whisked
Add chocolate mixture slowly to egg.

Add to chocolate/egg mixture:

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
1/2 c. flour (White or Whole Wheat)
1/8 t. baking soda
1/8 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips

The batter will be more wet than normal cookie batter. According to my MIL, you can add dried fruits, nuts, wheat germ, ground flax seed, or a favorite liqueur. Or not!

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside 🙂


Pesto from MIL
October 28, 2007, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Appetizers
First let me say, you can’t go wrong in making pesto. You need garlic cloves in your blender and then a steady slow stream of olive oil. After that, you can experiment with you favorites like parmesan cheese, basil, sun dried tomatos, spinach, pine nuts, arugala, etc.

Here is the Mushroom Pesto that Phillip requested. If you don’t have all of the ingredients, don’t worry.

Mushroom Pesto

8 oz.mushrooms (button are the cheapest but oysters have the least poisons on them)
1-1/2 c flat leaf parsley
1/2 walnuts
2 garlic cloves
1/2 c olive oil
1/2 c parm cheese

Mix all ingredients except olive oil in blender. Gradually add the oil until a paste is formed.
To make crostinis:
Spread pesto on your bread and toast about 15 minutes in a 375 degree oven.