Happy Pi Day!

March 14th, 2009

Happy ∏ Day!  In elementary school, I wanted to be a math teacher.  Math was fun and  I’ve always loved teaching.  Growing up, I would often make my little brother play school with me.  I set up a chalkboard in our playroom.  Found some workbooks so he had homework.  And I would teach him.  He learned his letters and then we moved on to simple addition and subtraction.  I know, you are all feeling sorry for him.  What good sister gives her brother HOMEWORK?  Is she sick? or just down right evil?  haha!  well, my brother is now kinda a math genius so I would like to think I played a little part in that…

Eventually, I decided against becoming a math teacher but I still love math. Many of my friends are math geeks, so in their honor, I wanted to join in the Pi Day celebration with my Thin Mint Fudgey Ice Cream Pie.  This photo may not be the best.  The pie was difficult to cut but it was delicious.  I altered my Mom’s Marvelous Mocha Pie recipe, using Thin Mints instead of Oreos as the crust.  It was so fudgey!  I wish it wasn’t all gone!  Happy Pi Day!

Thin Mint Fudgey Ice Cream Pie
(adapted from Marvelous Mocha Pie)

20 thin mints, crushed
1/2 stick of butter, melted
1 quart of ice cream (your choice- I used chocolate fudge swirl), melted to a spreadable consistency
3 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Mix the crusted thin mints and butter together. Press into a pie pan.
2. Spread the ice cream over it.
3. Freeze for an hour or until firm.
4. In a saucepan, bring chocolate, sugar and butter to a boil over medium high heat.
5. Gradually add evaporated milk and cook until thickened.
6. Cool and add vanilla.
7. Pour over the ice cream and return to freezer until set.

P.S. Aren’t Thin Mints the best when they are frozen?  What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie?

Chocolat: Dinner and a Movie!

February 27th, 2009

Years ago, my mother and I stumbled across this book by Joanne Harris entitled Chocolat.  A book about a woman who moves around with her daughter setting up a chocolate shop…  I found the book to be magical and delicious!  Then, the movie came out.  Mom and I decided to go.  But it was during Lent.  We had both given up chocolate for Lent.  But we loved the book.  So we went…  I think we get bonus points that Lent… to sit through two hours of chocolate… dare, I say it… porn! beautiful, delicious, inventive chocolates…  it was painful…

I loved the movie!  It was excellent!  Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench are fabulous actresses.  And you can never go wrong with Johnny Depp! What an absolutely delicious movie!

When Marc and Susan announced their new event of Dinner and a Movie, I decided to make a version of Vianne’s spicy hot chocolate.  I always imagine it as thick, rich and spicy.  I made Lucullian Delights Dense Hot Chocolate with 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne powder.  I think I used a little too much corn starch so it came out a little like pudding but tasted good all the same.  Check out the round-up for more Chocolat inspired dishes.

Merry Christmas!!!

December 25th, 2008

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful holiday filled with fun, family and food!!!!

Exams are over and I have spent the last week sleeping, relaxing and eating. This weekend, J and I are off for a much needed vacation in sunny Argentina. I am so excited!!!! When we return, I will post the recipes for these chocolate chip cookies, my mom’s pizza, and many other delicious dishes plus pictures from our trip…until then…

Have a Happy New Year!!!! :)