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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Someone is in big trouble. I think.

Laura Rebecca I have not decided if I am in love with you or if I should curse you.. yes, I said Curse You!!

Friday was my 6 month check-up on the road to being completely cancer free.. the visit was nothing to report.. tests won't be back for a week (probably a lil longer because of the holiday) but I'm not worried, I feel confident I'll pass with flying colors :D I was a lil upset, though, to find that I have gained 7 pounds since December. Holy Shit! That's 3 pounds less the 10 I lost in THREE WEEKS directly after the hysterectomy. To think.. I figured while hubbs was away, I wouldn't do badly as I wouldn't be cooking as much because I could easily live on cereal for dinner every night.. Mmm hmm.. things did not go as planned. I've become a cooking FREAK.. and as you've all witnessed.. I haven't been cooking lots of steamed veggies and rice cakes. Can you cook a rice cake?? So being of sound mind and sound (not to mention quite thick) body.. I take total responsibility for my actions. And by actions, I mean thoroughly enjoying high caloric and high fat foods the past 3 months. Thank God he'll be home by next weekend WOOO HOOOO!!!!!

No wait.. I am blaming Laura Rebecca for today's walk down Chocolate Boulevard. If it were not for Laura Rebecca posting the mouth-watering pictures and recipe for Outrageous Triple Chocolate Cookies, I never would have known about them. They would not have been talking to me from Beyond for well over 5.5 days. They would not have awaken me from a sound sleep at 5 a.m. this morning - beckoning me to combine all of that delectable chocolate into the most heavenly, chewy, ooey gooey, orgasmic giving cookie on the face of this planet we here call Earth. My quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie? It's no longer. I have reached the mecca, my friends. Although not a traditional chocolate chip cookie as it's a chocolate based "dough" - this is still it for me. I will NEVER make a traditional chocolate chip cookie again. I spat on traditional chocolate chip cookies! You are dead to me traditional chocolate chip cookie! Oh and Tyler Florence?? If you are reading this.. and I know that you are.. your Big Fat Chocolate Chip cookie can bite my Outrageous Triple Chocolate cookie right in the ass. Loser. Loooossserrrrrrr!

When I took them out of the oven they were shiny and cracked, just as promised by Laura Rebecca (will you marry me, Laura Rebecca?). I let them sit on their warm sheets for 10 minutes before slowly sliding my super thin metal spatula oh so gently under their tender bellies, transfering them to a more comfortable cookie rack. Even then I did not touch them! I waited yet another 10 minutes before allowing myself to sample. And sample I did. After the first bite, my eyes rolled back in my head and I think I lost consciousness. When I came to my senses I went in for another taste, savoring the rush of chocolate that hit my senses like a Mac truck hitting a concrete paver. It was at this point that I grabbed hold of the counter as my knees went weak. I might have thanked the Lord Jesus. And Mr. Lindt. And Mr. Ghirardelli. And Martha. And Laura Rebecca. Repeatedly.

I stopped at just one. I must savor these cookies. I must not be a glutton. These have to last AT LEAST until tomorrow morning. Only because I am out of eggs.

Outrageous Triple Chocolate Cookies(2)
Outrageous Triple Chocolate Cookies

Recipe as discovered on Laura Rebecca's Kitchen:

8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
4 TBS. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. dark chocolate chunks or chips (recommended Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate chips)
6 oz. white chocolate, chopped (recommended Green & Black's White Chocolate bars)

My changes - I added 1 tsp. of instant espresso powder because I just do that with most anything I make that has chocolate in it and I could not find Green & Black's White Chocolate bars, so I used Ghirardelli's white chocolate. Also, I am a dork and only bought 1 (3.5 oz.) white chocolate bar, so I subbed 3 oz. of Lindt semi-sweet chocolate for the missing white chocolate - because God forbid there is less chocolate than called for in ANY recipe I make.

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.

Heat chopped semi-sweet 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.

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. (Note: Don't worry if the batter seems thin. It should look more like a brownie batter than a cookie dough.)

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. Do not bake the cookies to a crisp; they are meant to be soft and chewy.

Cool on sheets 10 minutes; with a thin metal spatula, transfer to racks to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for two to three days.

Makes 2 dozen.

Outrageous Triple Chocolate Cookies cu

So what's 7 pounds?

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Comments on "Someone is in big trouble. I think."

 

Blogger Laura Rebecca said ... (5/28/2006 8:25 PM) : 

You so scared the crap out of me with your first 'graph. SCARED ME!

I'm so glad you like them. And the espresso powder is a fab idea ("fab" because I'm pretending to be British right now). Yum! Now I'm going to have to make another batch. And, as a result, gain 5 pounds.

And congrats on your 6 month anniversary! Yay!

 

Anonymous Ivonne said ... (5/28/2006 10:11 PM) : 

I know how you feel about those cookies. Very funny!

I had no idea what you'd been through. Your spirit is amazing ... and beautiful!

 

Anonymous Ellie said ... (5/28/2006 11:33 PM) : 

HAH!! I loved the post and the cookies look divine!

And congratulations on your 6 months! I had no idea...you've got such a warm and positive personality that shines through this blog, and I think it's testament to your strength (and kitchen prowess - rowr!)

 

Blogger Lis said ... (5/29/2006 6:40 AM) : 

Laura Rebecca, Ivonne and Ellie my lurve - I'm blushing. Your words are too kind and most appreciated.. coming from three of the nicest and sweetest gals I've met they are of the highest compliments ever. I heart you guys! :D

PS - Yes, I've already had a cookie this morning - and they've passed the 2nd day test with flying colors as I knew they would!

 

Blogger Acme Instant Food said ... (5/29/2006 2:07 PM) : 

Yeah, that Laura Rebecca is an evil one, huh? She's secretly working for the Communist regime. The background wallpaper on her site appears at first glance to be innocent pears, vino, etc. However, it's actually a cryptic recipe for world domination (and untold weight-gain formulas being secretly fed to Americans, thus ruining our lives and society.) Sheesh at her.

Actually, I love her site, her wit, and her recipes. In fact, My morning routine is now to log on and check out YOUR beloved site, hers, and a few others. They have injected new life into my recipe arsenals and inspired me to try new things. Thanks Lis (and L.R. et all) , for sharing a cup of virtual coffee with me each morning.

Also Lis, CONGRATS on your health! **Raising coffee cup in the direction of NE Ohio with a nod and a smile** Enjoy the remainder of the holiday, the newly formed flowers, and your cookies!

 

Blogger Lis said ... (5/29/2006 10:47 PM) : 

Kevin - thanks dear! I hope your holiday weekend was great! And we have the same morning ritual! Not only do I love these blogs for the inspiration they give me.. but for simple fact of meeting such nice people as yourself! Also, do you think I could use any more exclamation points?! :D

 

Blogger Laura Rebecca said ... (6/01/2006 10:13 PM) : 

Crap. Kevin found me out. (But he hasn't found YOU out yet, has he Lis... heh heh heh. Keep those wing recipes coming.)

 

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