Chocolate Chiffon

Here’s a tasty dessert for all you dieters out there. These are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 T. unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups skim or 1% milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 egg whites
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. of  chocolate  extract
  • 3/4 cup sugar substitute
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

Combine cocoa and gelatin in the top of a double boiler. Add milk, egg yolks, salt, and sugar sub. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved and mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in chocolate extract. If you want a mocha flavor, then add coffee extract instead of chocolate.  Chill until batter thickens but doesn’t set. Meanwhile beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form. Add the cocoa batter and blend in well. Spoon into individual molds or parfait glasses. Chill until firm. Serves about 8.

Tasty Apple Bread

I like to eat apples on my break at work, because they are refreshing, after running around. Here is a bread with apples in it. You will need:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup chopped or grated apples
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 T. buttermilk or milk mixed with a tablespoon of vinegar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, cream sugars and shortening together. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend well. Meanwhile, dissolve baking soda in the buttermilk and set aside. Add flour, spices, and salt to egg mixture, alternating with buttermilk-soda. Stir in apples and nuts. In a greased loaf pan, pour batter inside and smooth it out even with a spatula. Optional: Sprinkle top with cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Test doneness by poking center with a tabl knife. If it comes out clean, the bread is done. Allow to cool before slicing.

Cork Wonders

Did you ever look at those corks from your wine bottles and think it’s a shame to throw it out? Well, for all you crafters, here is an idea. Create a personalized stamp by drawing a design onto the clean end of a cork. Carve out your design with a knife  about 1/8 inch deep. To use, press the finished stamp onto an ink pad, then onto your card or whatever you want the design on.

Chocolate Crunch Cookies

My Aunt Jo used to make these cookies at Christmas time but I added chocolate. You will need:

  • 1 cube of butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crushed potato chips
  • 4 squares baker’s chocolate
  • 3 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Crunch the chips by hand. Melt the chocolate and the butter in the microwave for 35 seconds. In the meantime, pour sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and chocolate. Stir in the vanilla. Add the potato chips and mix well. Pour in the flour and stir until it is well blended. Form the dough into small balls. Put on a greased cookie sheet and bake for fifteen minutes. Cool.

The Rose And Its Mighty Power

Did you know red roses were once considered a valid treatment for rabies? Rose oil is an astringent and antiseptic. It will stop bleeding quickly, prevent infection, and help in healing. It can be used on minor cuts and scrapes. Fair-skinned women, of long ago, collected dew from morning rose petals and used it as a face wash to erase freckles. Sounds silly, but roses are good for the skin. It decreases redness and broken capillaries, repairs sun damage, and improves texture and tone.

Roses were also used for rheumatism. The treatment was to inhale the smoke of burning roses. Rose essential oil can ease asthma and lung congestion. How? Add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and put a towel over the person’s head and have them inhale the steam.

Roses were also a common ingredient in love potions and other magical brews. Any wonder why the wild rose is also called a witch’s briar? Aroma therapists prize the rose for its sedative properties. Rub a drop of the diluted oil on your temples. Anxiety and tension headaches will ease.

Rose water relieves the itch and pain of insect bites. Fresh rose petals make a tasty and healthful tea, but can also relieve a sore throat. Hooray for the mighty rose!