Milk Chocolate Cookies

I know, I know…. it was almost 80 degrees outside today, and with spring break coming up soon, I should be getting ready for bikini body;-)but when you are looking at cooking books, it is hard not to fall into temptation.. And I was not able to resist…. chocolate….

Who can resist chocolate?

Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 10 oz of bittersweet chocolate cookies
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of milk chocolate chips

Melt the chocolate pieces until smooth. In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar until fluffy. Reduce the speed to low, and add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, And half the flour mixture to the creamed butter, mixing well. Add half the melted chocolate and stir until ingredients are well-blended. Add the remaining flour mixture, then add chocolate. Stir in chocolate chips (and 1 cup of pecans,  if you desire). Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350, drop spoonful of cookie dough about 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Take out of the oven, and slide cookies onto a wire rack to cool. Keep in an airtight contained for up to 1 week.


Ellen Hines Smith Girl’s Home.

Have you heard of the noble charity named of Ellen Hines Smith Girl’s Home. It is a charitable organization here in Spartanburg, SC that provides a safe haven for young girls who have experienced abuse and neglect. The charity had its signature event “Tinis and Tapas” this Saturday at the beautiful home of Ruth Gray and Foster Chapman. The event was perfectly done, from beginning to the end and much much fun!!!

It was also very well-attended, and I hope that they had much success and secured much donation.

It is definitely one of my favorite organization and I was pleased to help the event by donating some of the food. We donated Chocolate mousse, and vanilla and chocolate macaroons. Look!!! Don’t they look awesome:-)

Tuna Tartare

Have you ever gone to  restaurant and ate something that was so good you wished you could have asked for the recipe?! I did and this happens to me quite often. This week-end I went to Charlotte with my daughter and we stopped at the Cheesecake factory for a little snack. After a few hours of shopping, i was starviinnn……..

Anyway, I would have devoured a whole hamburger but decided to go for something more healthy and  a bit lighter on my stomach.  So I ordered the tuna tartare and just fell in love with it. Big problem though, I could not ask for the recipe so this meant that I needed to reinvent that taste in my kitchen ….and the presentation…

What do you think?!….

Recipe to follow….