We took down our trees today. I know it’s a bit late, but we were waiting for snow. The snow came down early this morning…
and the trees followed.
While we tried to not be nostalgic, I couldn’t help but think of the season when the most delightful part of each day will be choosing from the manor’s menu–boiled ham sandwich or beef goulash.
The holidays will arrive and my children will draw from a hat to see who will feed me and the unlucky grand-kids will cry, “Do we have to?!”
I will sit in the manor lobby in my sequined Christmas blouse and wait. I imagine I’ll wait for at least forty-five minutes before I see an angry-looking relative.
All year long I’ve been looking forward to a festive dinner and I’m given an hour or so to choke down my rations while no one even attempts to talk to me. I don’t even get a peek at the Christmas tree.
I’m back in my room again before I know it and it’s time to choose breakfast–honey bun or runny eggs. Neither. Thanks.
To lighten the mood, I went with something terribly easy for someone in such a mental state–chocolate chip bars. And chocolate can be so comforting.
Jim Fobel’s Chocolate Chip Bars
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 6 ounces of chocolate chips
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and flour an 11 3/4-by-7 1/2-inch pan.
2. Stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
3. Beat together the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla.
4. Combine the wet with the dry and fold in the chips and nuts ( I omitted the nuts).
5. Spoon the mix in to the pan and spread it out evenly.
6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (I baked for 18).
7. Place the hot pan on a wire rack and allow to cool to room temperature.
8. Cut the bars and eat them.
Happy Winter. Enjoy the soft centers and the chewy edges.