First of all, I wish this was funny--
All the kids, including most of the neighbor kids were outside playing this afternoon (Monday). I knew Sam had gone outside, but since all the bigger kids were out there, I assumed he was fine and hadn't checked on him for a while (20 minutes or so). Kevin came upstairs and asked where Sam was and I told him he was outside with all the kids. So he went and checked on him and no kids were to be found. The boys were all in a neighbors backyard--and they had not seen Sam at all! (Panic!) We all frantically went looking for Sam. The neighbors uncovered window well? No. At a different neighbors house? No, they weren't home. We all dispersed and began looking everywhere. Then we heard one of the neighbor boys hollering from right outside our garage. "There's Sam in the car," he said pointing.
Sam got into Kevin's car. Messed with all the buttons and wipers, locked the door and opened an umbrella Kevin had in there. Thank goodness it was not a hot day--only in the mid-70's. But Sam was still sweating. When we got him out, he said, "hot." That little STINKER! Whew! SO glad he was okay. And we've learned that Kevin will lock his car in the garage from now on! And that I will check on him MORE often while he's outside NOT playing with the other kids!
Okay, on to Tuesday's with Dorie! This week's recipe from Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home to Yours baking book was chosen by the wonderful and ever-so-talented Susan from She's Becoming Doughmesstic. She chose Chocolate Souffle, which is found on page 406 in the book. You can get the recipe on Susan's blog.
Souffle, souffle, souffle. Never actually thought I'd make it and actually never really thought I'd ever want to. I always just thought of souffle as a yellow, eggy looking thing served at a brunch or something. I don't care for eggy tasting things, well, except I do like eggs, scrambled, fried, hard boiled--not souffled. I asked on the P&Q if the CHOCOLATE souffle tasted eggy and I was assured (by another "great"--Caitlin from Engineer Baker) that it did NOT--chocolate was the flavor winner here.
Okay, I was game. I mean, we're talking chocolate. How could I not play? ;)
I found a cool, tall mug (16 ounce) and decided to make half a recipe (you know, in case no one really liked the souffle). This really was very simple to make! Melt chocolate (I used 60% bittersweet Ghirardelli chips) with some sugar. Whisk in some milk. Let it sit for five minutes while you (I mean the mixer) whisks some egg whites. Add egg yolks, then carefully fold in the whites. Pour into a buttered and sugared dish and bake (I did 25 minutes at 390 degrees--because that's what Nancy from The Dogs Eat the Crumbs said worked. (Gotta love Nancy, too! Dang, you fellow bloggers out there are awesome! ;) ) Hello--simple! And hello--chocolate!
Hello Souffle! Ready for the oven.
Rising in the oven (Don't be trying to look at my dirty oven.) I was just really happy to see it rising. Knife test inserted in at an angle indicated that it was done!
I heard that it "falls" fast, so I was ready for some photos.
Oh, powdered sugar on top!
Let's dig in! Careful, Sam, that mug is HOT!
Sam wanted some RIGHT then. I had to scoop him some out and put it in the fridge. He was not happy about waiting until it was cool enough, but he happily ate it when it was.
"Help me, I'm melting." said the souffle.
And it was good. Chocolaty. What more could a person ask for? A little ice cream on the side? Okay.
That's our recent "new love", David Lebovitz' Philadelphia Style Chocolate Ice Cream (my version). While I think the souffle was chocolaty enough and a vanilla ice cream would have been better with this, we only have chocolate in the freezer right now (shh, we've made this ice cream three times since I blogged about it--gasp! Don't worry, we've given quite a bunch of it away, AND there's still quite a bit of it left.)
I'm really happy I decided to make this week's recipe and I'm glad I didn't make the full recipe--or else I'd be in trouble for eating too much of it! Thanks for the fun one, Susan. Check out all the others over at TWD Headquarters.
And because I keep forgetting and feel bad, I wanted to take a moment to thank Claire from Cooking is Medicine (what a gal--a newly graduated medical doctor who finds time to bake up yummy things for all the people around her--she's lovely!!) for passing this award on that she gave me a few weeks ago. It's the One Lovely Blog Award.
Thanks, Claire, so nice of you to think of me! I'm supposed to pass this on to 13 other lovely bloggers, but I just can't pick. You're all lovely and so are your blogs. If you're reading this--you get the award, too! Pass it on.
Tired of all the pictures yet? No, good. I've got more. I have to do it this way, folks, or I just can't seem to get it all done, posted, put there for safe/record keeping and for all the world to see! So here's a few pictures of Scott from our trip to Indiana.
Scott loved all the rides and things at Holiday World!
Love this picture of Scott and Parker with his cousins, Tanner, Tristan and Hannah.
Ridin' on the turkey ride with Aimee.
The world's tallest water ride.
Don't look so excited, Scottie!