i’m no susie homemaker

My cooking “abilities” are limited.  Mostly I’m just really good at warming stuff up.   Fortunately,  Teh Smitten’s  family has invited us to come to them for Thanksgiving dinner so the bulk of the cooking is someone else’s responsibility.  And I am damn-sure grateful.

We are bringing dinner rolls, wine, a dessert (my family’s five layer bar – we call them Hello Dollies) and a side dish – sweet potato casserole (recipe is from Cooking Light – yes, its kind of like having a diet Coke with your Snickers bar, but whatever).  I am a decent baker, probably since my natural milieu is carbs.

Part of me hates to share my Hello Dollies recipe since it is the one thing I do well.  Well, it is nearly impossible to fuck up.

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Melt a stick of butter in a 9 by 11 pyrex dish.

Spread a cup of graham cracker crumbs evenly over the melted butter.

Spread a cup of flaked coconut over crumbs.

Spread a cup of chopped pecans over the coconut.

Spread nearly two cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips on top of coconut.

Pour a warmed-up can (run under hot water for a few minutes) of sweetened condensed milk over the whole shebang.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Bask in the resulting admiration of those you feed.

We are also taking along some chocolates from Vosges to Teh Smitten’s Family Thanksgiving.  They make a BACON CHOCOLATE BAR.  It is worth shouting about.   I can also report that the Barcelona Bar (grey sea salt and almonds), the Black Pearl (ginger, wasabi, black sesame seeds, dark chocolate), and the Red Fire (mexican ancho and chipotle peppers, ceylon cinnamon and dark chocolate) were all excellent.  I am curious about the white chocolate and kalamata olives bar…  I am also beginning to need larger pants.

Happy Thanksgiving to my family and friends!  May your pants be loose and the gravy plentiful!


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