Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been on a cookie kick lately, making them, eating them, freezing them...they are good no matter what.  For years, I have been trying out different chocolate chip cookie recipes, but just had never come across the perfect one until now.  I guarantee you that these cookies are going to be a hit at your house.

The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 (12oz) package of semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream the brown sugar, butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Combine the flour, salt and baking soda and gradually add it to the creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Shape the dough into balls and place about 2" apart on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Cool and store in an air tight container.

Note***We ate the first batch of these cookies, BUT I made a second batch and froze them in ice cube trays to make later.  I covered the ice cube trays with parchment paper and aluminum foil and store them in the freezer.  I have to admit that I've eaten several of these raw (I know, I know - I am not supposed to do that, but I did and they were delicious)!  Plus, it is an easy and fast way to make cookies when time is of the essence.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Texas Caviar

I admit it...I was a slacker the month of February.  We were enrolling youth in 4-H, there was snow (lots and lots) on the ground and the temperature seemed to always be freezing.  With all of that going on, the only things I really wanted to do (and did) was read and curl up on the couch with the cat and dog and watch movies.

Now March is here and I am ready to get back in the saddle again.  I've decided as of last night, that I am no longer going to drink pop.  My husband has me hooked on Diet Mt. Dew and I just don't need to consume that anymore.

Enough rambling...

Bill and I were recently introduced to this new type of "salsa" and I must say it is addictive.  If you are having friends over, or a Super Bowl party, this would be a wonderful dish to serve up.  Be prepared, because this make a BIG batch.  The picture is deceiving (I know it doesn't look appealing, but you will have to trust me on this one) as far as looks go, but the taste is exquisite.

Texas Caviar
2 (15 oz) cans of shoe peg corn
1 (15 oz) can of black eyed peas
1 (6 oz) can of chopped green chiles
4 small tomatoes chopped (or just mix in some salsa you have on hand)
1 chopped green pepper (optional)
1 chopped large onion
2 T of minced garlic
1 bunch of green onion, chopped
1 medium sized bottle of Zesty Italian dressing
Tortilla Chips
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Drain before serving.