Coffee Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies

For all you coffee freaks out there I present coffee chocolate chip cookies!

coffee chocolate chip cookies

As I write this I am indulging in one of my favorite activities…eating cookies. Yup, those cookies, the ones to the left.

What’s really nice about that is I’m getting a shot of coffee, a few cookies, a glass of ice cold milk, and exercise all at once. Yes exercise, the kind one gets from alternately lifting a cookie and glass of milk to ones pie hole.

This recipe for coffee chocolate chip cookies is super simple to make and literally goes together in about 10 to 15 minutes. Some caveats though. The original recipe says to beat the tar out of the butter and sugar. Do not beat the tar out of ANY creaming of butter and sugar. Ever. I took that part out. Read more

Rhubarb Trivia and a Rhubarb Recipe

First, A Rhubarb Ruse

rhubarb plant

The first time I tasted rhubarb I was only about ten years old. My mom’s Uncle Steve had two long rows of rhubarb roots planted behind his house and they grew tall, ruby red stalks. Uncle Steve was showing my cousin and me the garden and I said something about the big red celery. Instantly he knew had a couple of victims ready to supply a good chuckle. Bending over, he chopped off a long red stalk and cut a couple of lengths for us to try. “You’ll love this. I’ll probably have to keep chasing you from the garden,” he said. His taunts made the promise of a big bite of rhubarb even sweeter.

Chomp, chomp. As our faces instantly twisted up in contortions Uncle Steve had his morning laugh on us. His wife, Julie, saw the whole show from the porch and brought out a cup of sugar to show us how rhubarb should be eaten raw. After some assurances, we dipped the ends into the sugar bowl and tried again. This time we loved the mixture of tastes.

Seven Little Known Facts About Rhubarb

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Five Tips for Strawberries and Some Trivia

Who doesn’t love strawberries…and trivia?

Strawberry flowers

Over 90% of the US population enjoy these sweet, red treats. Why even the ancient Romans loved them. While it’s unclear if the Greeks cultivated them, they certainly wrote about strawberries prior to Roman times. But, it is the Romans who are credited with first cultivating them, mostly for use as a medicinal plant. In the 1300’s the French were cultivating them as well, and not only for medicinal purposes.

King Henry VIII of England was also a fan, once paying 10 shillings for a “pottle” of strawberries, or about roughly 1/2 pint! Today a pint of strawberries in season will cost about $2.50 to $3.50 locally. That’s a pretty cheap food fix for such a tasty treat. It can be even cheaper if you grow them.

The first variety of strawberry in the United States Read more