Mexican Hot Chocolate

Over the weekend, we had another large winter storm.  I’m always so tired of winter by this time of year.  Sigh.

In any case, snow storms make me want hot chocolate.  And as far as hot chocolates go, this is one of my favorites.  Mexican hot chocolate.  It’s like regular hot chocolate, but with attitude.  And spice.  I was first introduced to it by my friend Elizabeth at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market.  And since there’s not much reason to go to the farmer’s market in the dead of winter, I had to make my own.

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My Grandma’s Recipes

So my grandma likes to bake.  And make people eat.  She’s a food-pusher extraordinaire.  It’s a good thing she makes delicious food.
However, she has a terrible problem with her actual written recipes.  Her recipe box is large and filled to overflowing with recipes written on scraps of paper and ancient recipes now unreadable.
So, for her birthday, my sister and I took on the arduous task of coming up with a new system for her.
We started by scanning her recipes onto our computers.  We have hundreds of scans that look something like this:

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Robot Parade

In a future time,
Children will work together
To build a giant cyborg!

First person to name that tune & the band who sings it wins!*

(*Disclaimer: No prizes actually involved. Winning only good for gloating to friends who may or may not read this blog.)

I made a robot onesie.  Hee hee.  It makes me smile.  I actually started this onesie months ago, but then Christmas happened.  And since we’ve already established Christmas made me it’s whipping-boy this year, you can guess how that went.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my very own recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  It is formulated for maximum chewiness, which is highly desirable in a cookie, in my book. You’ll notice some… well… unusual ingredients for a cookie, but I promise it works.

I have had many a chocolate chip cookie that is incredibly tasty the day it was baked, but through a lot of trial and error, fiddling and… whatever else a person might do to get things just right…  I finally developed a recipe for a cookie that maintains its soft, chewy texture for 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container.

Let’s begin, shall we?

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