Sunday, November 18, 2007

Holiday Recipes...Please

This year I have been working on compiling some great holiday recipes including anything for Halloween through New Years. I would love to get some of your favorites. If you have one that you would like to share please post it in the comments section of this blog. I will start posting some of my favorites in the next few weeks too. Here's one now:

Of course chocolate is appropriate at anytime of year so don't feel limited to making these cookies only for the holidays :) This one is from my girl, Martha Stewart.

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

8 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until almost melted; do not overheat. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt

2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in melted chocolate.Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.

3. Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in centers, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on sheets 10 minutes; with a thin metal spatula, transfer to racks to cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen. Do not bake the cookies to a crisp; they are meant to be soft and chewy. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for two to three days.

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Back With a Plan

I apologize for the lack of entries on both of my blogs these past few months. You see, a road trip that was supposed to take one month, ended up taking two. We really enjoyed the past trip though and we'll have pictures and a recap on the travel blog in a few days...finally!

I am glad to be settling back into a more stable lifestyle and I've made a few decisions that I am looking forward to starting on. The first is that I am trying to get a temp job at one of the retail stores here in Boise for the holidays. This is something I haven't ever done but since we will be around here for both Thanksgiving and Christmas this year it seems like something kind of fun. Tomorrow I have three interviews so I will keep you posted on how it goes.

Secondly, I have decided to go back to school in January and work towards a Physician's Assistant degree. This is a big, unexpected change but I feel like this career would give me more flexibility later on in life and give me something that you don't always get working in marketing--a feeling that you are helping people. So in January I'll become a BSU Bronco for a year while I do prerequisite classes. If any of you know of any PAs in the Boise area please let me know because as part of this, I would like to shadow some to get to know exactly what I am getting into.