Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

chocolate thumbprint cookies

one of my favorite cookbooks is Martha Stewart's cookies cookbook.  published a couple of years ago, it has been a wonderful guide for a variety of types of cookies that can be easily reproduced.  the cookbook is divided into sections, so it is quite easy to make a selection of cookies to serve with a variety of shapes and textures.  these chocolate thumbprints are partially baked, then thumb printed, and returned to the oven to complete the baking process.

once cooled, the chocolate filling is added and allowed to harden over three hours prior to serving.  i chose to serve the cookies as a nice addition to vanilla ice cream topped with a bit of chocolate syrup.  the chocolate filling is neither sweet nor bittersweet, but offers just the right amount of chocolate goodness.
Martha's recipe makes approximately three dozen.  they stored well in a covered container with layers of waxed paper.


in keeping with my central theme of pink, white and blue flowers in my colonial garden is veronica.  this plant is commonly named speedwell and has a wonderful spot in the garden at the corner of one of the front beds.  the beautiful blue spikes gradually flower over a few days once the spikes have formed.

this compact plant is bright blue and has grown in size since last year.  although only about 12 inches tall, the flowers are striking and would be a nice addition to floral arrangements. speedwell is a hardy perennial that has been a reliable complement to the garden.

caramel dipped strawberries

for a special father's day treat, i made caramel dipped strawberries for brian.  to make the caramel dipping sauce, i melted six ounces of kraft caramel bits in a small glass bowl in the microwave with 3 tablespoons of whipping cream and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  after the caramel is melted, gently dip the strawberries in the caramel and roll in chopped nuts. place on waxed paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.

this is a wonderful easy treat for a special day.  remove the berries from the refrigerator fifteen minutes before serving to guests.