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 This cookbook is a winner!

This cookbook is a winner!

Sophie's quinoa patty recipe was a big hit in her food and nutrition class.  People wanted seconds, wanted the recipe.  The cookbooks are a required project containing 6 recipes--2 grains/2 proteins/2 vegetable dishes.  I made sure to buy an extra package of noodles for chap jae for her to bring in.  This morning she and Ian put together some chocolate waffles for breakfast.  In place of the sugar we used orange zest sugar (exactly like it sounds--orange zest mixed with sugar, store in jar) with excellent results.  We are going to see The Hobbit today since Sophie is reading it in English class. I am hoping that it won't be three hours of my life I wish I had back.  I finished my Aranami shawl and wore it my new yellow pants to the live taping of the Double X Gabfest earlier this week.  Maddy and a few of her friends dropped in last night before heading out to see a band in NoVA.  We had nachos with homemade guacamole, Caesar salad and Breyer's vanilla ice cream with caramelized white chocolate "magic shell."  I got the recipe from "Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams," and it makes even grocery store ice cream appropriate  for guests.  Here is the recipe:

12 oz. white chocolate, chopped

1/3 cup coconut oil

Melt coconut oil with white chocolate over medium low heat stirring constantly until the mixture becomes a lovely caramel color. Remove from heat immediately and pour into a bowl or jar.  It will become hard once it hits the ice cream.  It is especially delicious if you put some bananas on top of your ice cream.

I think this was a hit with the young crowd since we ate all but about 2 tablespoons.  Pom Diggity was also well received right up until the time he started humping peoples appendages.  I imagine the conversation on the way to the show going something like this, "Your dog was really cute.  Oh yeah, and your mom is  a great cook, those were awesome, uh, nachos." <awkward silence>.

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