What We Do... When We Don't...
Jul. 12, 2012 9:24 am
Updated: Jul. 19, 2012 5:18 am
It's been a long hot summer already! Too hot to cook, too hot to grill, too hot to bake and too hot to shop... what's there to shop for if I'm not cooking? Needless to say... the pantry is bare!
I collected my little Audrie at 7:00am... we had our breakfast and watched a few "toons", then we walked outside to check on our garden and felt an odd feeling... What is this? Overcast, cloudy day with 80 degree temperatures!
Now these hot days are not only affecting my kitchen time... it is also wearing on Jim! He is in the car and on appointments all day long. When he gets home he is so exhausted... he changes into shorts and tee shirt and plops onto the couch!
Today, Audrie and I decided to make something special for our hard working "Pop"... Now he loves chocolate... so off to the pantry we go...
No cocoa...OH NOOOOO!
What I did find was some instant hot cocoa packets we take with us camping! Ingredients on the package are... cocoa, sugar, salt, mini dried marshmallows, and you know... the chemicals that preserve it for shelf life.
Sounds like chocolate pudding to me.... so here is what we came up with...
4 packets - instant cocoa mix
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 cups milk
3 tbs. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix the cornstarch and the cocoa mix in a medium sauce pan
Gradually whisk in the 3 cups of milk
Over medium heat stir constantly and bring to a boil
reduce heat and simmer, stirring occaisionally, 4 - 5 minutes until thick
remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla
pour into 4 dessert bowls or into two red wine glasses like I do ( "Jim" size dessert)
Thanks to the cooler weather... Audrie and I got some Kitchen time and Jim is gonna get a well earned chocolate Goodie!
This is what we do... when we don't have Cocoa! ( oh by the way... for those of you who follow my blog... July 11th was my one year anniversary of quitting smoking! Yay me! )