Saturday, September 01, 2007

Dinner at Tara's

Tara called this afternoon. Her talented husband Ed had made ludicrous amounts of spaghetti, and would we come over for dinner?

Yes. Yes, we would.

Tara's house is a happy place. Artwork here, there and everywhere, wonderful smells coming from the teeny kitchen, flowers and herbs in the salad, lots of congenial guests and a big, black-haired, good-natured dog named Jack (who was tickled to get so much attention). Dinner was delicious -- spaghetti, pasta sauce from an authentic Sicilian recipe, meatballs and sausages, herbed green salad, garlic bread -- and conversation was just as tasty.

I would like to write more, but I've got to get to the store before Sunday, so I'll finish this later.

LATER

OK, well, now it's Sunday afternoon... Captain Midnight and Miss V are making a luscious dinner of their own, and I am being a complete bum and writing here instead of helping them. (Bad Soozcat! Bad! No biscuit!)

Would you like some cookies from last night's festivities? 'Course you would!

OK, these are actually more like candy than cookies, but they are very very tasty. You could probably rule the world with these.

SEVEN-LAYER COOKIES
1 cube (1/4 lb.) butter
1 pkg. (about 9 unbroken) graham crackers
1 pkg. (about 12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 pkg. (about 12 oz.) butterscotch chips*
about 1/2 cup shredded dessicated coconut, or to taste
1/2 to 1 cup walnuts or pecans
1 can (about 14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. While it's heating up, put the butter in a 9x13" glass baking dish and place it in the oven to melt. Meanwhile, put the graham crackers into a large ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin until reduced to fine crumbs. When the butter has melted, place the 9x13" dish on a flat, heatproof surface and spread the cracker crumbs evenly to create a graham cracker crust. Evenly spread the chocolate chips over the crust. Follow with the butterscotch chips and coconut. Coarsely chop the nuts and add in another layer. Finish by drizzling the sweetened condensed milk over everything, making sure to cover evenly all the way to the corners. (The sweetened condensed milk welds everything together, so it's important to spread it as evenly as possible.) Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool (this can take some time) and cut into small squares. Serves a lot.

*You can substitute mint chips, white chocolate chips, etc. if butterscotch is not your thing, or if you can't find butterscotch chips.

Use this knowledge wisely. Rule the world fairly.

5 comments:

tlc illustration said...

AND I forgot to drag you and V into the studio to see the latest couple of covers I'm working on (too busy attempting to clean up!). There's a mermaid I suspect she'd like and a gargoyle for you. :-) You'll have to come back.

Thanks for coming and for the scrumptuous cookies. The teen set finished them off within the hour.

PG said...

Tara's house sounds just as I imagined it. :) One day she will wake up to find me sat firmly on her doorstep demanding meatballs and spaghetti...

Chesno Slova said...

Everyone MUST make the 7-layer bars. You will offend our family if you do not.

On another note, when I got married 11 years ago and my wife had our "patented" family recipe for 7-layer bars she smartly said, "Oh, these are called Hello Dolly Bars". Evidently, the patent has not held and we have some litigation to begin.

Helena said...

Ooh, that sounds like a great reason to invite somebody over. I shall have to remember that. Except one of my friends doesn't really like spaghetti that much. I suppose I could make ludicrous amounts of something else.

paula said...

these cookies sound amazing! I like that they serve 'a lot'.