Funny Chocolate!!!

 What’s So Funny About Chocolate?

I have always taken my chocolate seriously….and I mean seriously!!! I never met a chocolate I didn’t fall in love with. However, I must admit I do eat dark, healthy chocolate daily as I know that it is full of healthy flavanoids and antioxidants. Each day I enjoy 2-3 little squares of gourmet healthy chocolate. In total, I am consuming 15,300 ORAC and 2,250 units of flavonoids , Plus 1 billion beneficial micro-organisms.

I will proclaim it here and now…I LOVE CHOCOLATE! I love how it tastes, and I love how it makes me feel.

Now, before I get too serious and bore you to sleep, I want to share some very funny chocolate quotes. If you know me or the writings from my cookbook, Olive Oil Desserts, you know how much I  love food quotes.  If you don’t know me, that’s okay…. I still think you will get a giggle 😉

I was going to post some health info about chocolate, but I just can’t get serious about chocolate right now, not when I am reading these quotes . So, oh well…I guess I will share more about the healthy benefits of dark chocolate on my next post.

So, here ya go…. and oh yes…..have a healthy and sweet day. Micki

  • SEVEN DAYS WITHOUT CHOCOLATE MAKES ONE WEAK.
  • LIFE WITHOUT CHOCOLATE IS NO LIFE AT ALL. 
  •  I WANT IT ALL!!! AND I WANT IT DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE.
  • CHOCOLATE IS CHEAPER THAN THERAPY, AND YOU DON’T NEED AN APPOINTMENT.
  • CHOCOLATE DOESN’T MAKE THE WORLD GO AROUND. BUT IT CERTAINLY MAKES THE TRIP WORTHWHILE.
  • AND ON THE EIGHTH DAY GOD CREATED CHOCOLATE.
  • THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE CHOCOLATE.
  • SO MUCH CHOCOLATE. SO LITTLE TIME!
  • IF THERE IS NO CHOCOLATE IN HEAVEN, I’M NOT GOING!
  • IN THE COOKIES OF LIFE, FRIENDS ARE THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS.
  • LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES. . . FULL OF NUTS.
  • WHAT CAME FIRST, WOMAN OR THE CHOCOLATE BAR?
  • CHOCOLATE. . . IT ISN’T JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE.
  • I WOULD GIVE UP CHOCOLATE, BUT I’M NO QUITTER.
  • THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN A GOOD FRIEND, EXCEPT A GOOD FRIEND WITH CHOCOLATE
  • CHOCOLATE: HERE TODAY… GONE TODAY!
  • CHOCOLATE MILK: THE POOR MAN’S CHAMPAGNE
  • PUT THE CHOCOLATE IN THE BAG AND NOBODY GETS HURT.
  • A DAY WITHOUT CHOCOLATE, IS A DAY WITHOUT SUNSHINE. 
  • IF IT WERE NOT FOR CHOCOLATE, THERE WOULD NOT BE A NEED FOR CONTROL TOP PANTY HOSE. AN ENTIRE GARMENT INDUSTRY WOULD HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED! 
  • IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, HAVE A CHOCOLATE.
  • THERE ARE FOUR BASIC FOOD GROUPS: MILK CHOCOLATE, DARK CHOCOLATE, WHITE CHOCOLATE, AND CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES
  • NOBODY KNOWS THE TRUFFLES I’VE SEEN

Okay, let’s get serious for just a moment…. or maybe not, that will be my next post… stay tuned!

As always, feel free to email me anytime.

 

Mic

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A Few Useless and Not So Useless Bits of Olive Oil Information

A Few Useless And Not So Useless Facts About Olive Oil
just in case you were wondering…
 
• Olive oil is medically proven to be good for your heart and good for your overall health.
• Olive oil aids in lowering your LDL cholesterol (mine has dropped 100 points since making the switch to olive oil)
• Olive oil is not a genetically modified food!
• Olive oil is great for lactose intolerant people.
• Olive oil does not contain trans fatty acids (bad for you).
• Olive oil is not hydrogenated (bad for you).
• Olive oil can be kept in your food storage.
• Olive oil can be stored in your refrigerator.
• Olive oil can be frozen.
• Olive oil is technically a fruit juice.
• Olive oil is pressed and not chemically extracted.
• Olive oil is a great massage oil.
• Olive oil was called “the great therapeutic” by Hippocrates.
• Olive oil is produced by over 450 companies in California and Texas.
• Olive oil is high in healthy monounsaturated fats (good for you).
• Olive oil tastes great in traditional desserts (come see for yourself).
• Olive oil makes your heart and tummy smile.
• Olive Oil Desserts have 1/3 less fat and calories.
• Olive Oyl was Popeye’s girlfriend.
• Olive oil has so many beneficial uses, I will need to continue this list on another post!!!

And there will be another post, oh yes….. another post indeed…..

Have a sweet day,

Micki

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The Proper Care and Storage of your Olive Oil –

Olive oil is your friend and must not be treated like all other oils. Olive oil can be fragile, yet well worth the effort to keep it fresh. After cooking or baking with your well preserved olive oil, you won’t regret taking a little extra time to keep it fresh.

Olive oil producers all over the globe are well aware that is that once olive oil is produced, it must be packaged immediately to avoid oxidization (exposure to air). When olive oil is exposed to air and light, it begins to become rancid.  If you have ever tasted rancid olive oil, it is a taste you will not soon forget. For this reason, fresh pressed olive oil is  bottled right a way, and stored in a dark glass container or metal tin.

Olive oil which is stored in unopened tins will remain fresh for up to 5 years.

If you are planning on using  your opened olive oil within 3 months, it is acceptable to store it in  an airtight container, away from light, and at room temperature.

You may also store your olive oil in the refrigerator. However, please note that sedimentation occurs at temperatures lower than 37 degrees Fahrenheit, and your olive oil will begin to harden (it looks like little clouds). However, it does disappear when the oil returns to room temperature.

Freezing olive oil works well and does not destroy the healthy benefits associated with it. However, be sure and use some of your oil before freezing because expansion may cause your olive oil bottle to crack (or your tin to bulge). When ready to use, place on the counter and bring back to room temperature, it’s just that simple.

It is important to check the “best before” or “bottled on” date on your olive oil label.
Unlike a fine wine, the quality of olive oil does not improve with time. Use your fresh pressed oil within 6 months.

Therefore, you see…. storing your olive oil is simple and fun! Enjoy using olive oil in all of your cooking and baking; it will make your heart smile!!!

Picking Our Next President Is As Easy As Pie!

 

   Picking Our Next President Is As Easy As Pie

    a recipe for solutions by Micki Sannar

My Fellow Americans, With financial markets free falling, the mortgage industry hanging by a thread,  jobs at risk, global warming, health care at a breaking point, terrorism fears, foreign fuel issues, voter fraud, computer hackers, secret wire taps, and high cholesterol , many Americans are on overload. As if all of this is not bad enough, we have to elect a new President! Aghhhh, are you as frustrated and confused as I am?

Who do we trust? Who do we believe? Who has it right? Who would best be able to lead our great nation? And by what criteria should we choose our new leader? I too have asked myself these very questions, and have come up with what I believe to be a reasonable solution.

Scrap the whole dirty politics as usual and let’s have an Apple Pie Bake Off! Obama and his Apple Pie vs McCain and his Apple Pie. Really, if either of these men are a real live, red blooded American, they should surely be able to bake an Apple Pie

Honestly now, either candidate can say “I am going to do this”, or, “I am going to do that”. Just think about it, if either one of these gentlemen wants to SHOW us which of them is truly as “American as Apple Pie”; they are going to have to bake. Then, we will have a national taste test which will be comprised of a bipartisan committee of blindfolded grandmas, over the age of 75, ten of them from each state in the union. No need to worry about voter fraud, or hanging/pregnant chads of any kind, because everyone knows that grandma is as honest as can be.

So there you have it, a practical, simple, solution to electing our new President.

Oh yes, just in case either candidate is searching for the perfect Apple Pie recipe, try mine! It is made with heart healthy olive oil, and tastes fantastic! And should either candidate win with my recipe (and one of them will), I will be expecting a position in the new cabinet as the Secretary of Agriculture.

A small price to pay to the use of my recipe, don’t ya think?

 

 

 

 

Perfect Olive Oil Pie Crust yields 1~2 piece pie crust

Oil pie crusts are notorious for being difficult to work with. After much experimenting, this crust came out perfect. It is the most simplest pie crust you will ever make. It bakes up light and crispy.

I N G R E D I E N T S

2½ cups……………. flour, sifted

1 tablespoon…….. granulated sugar

1 teaspoon………… salt

½ cup………………. pure olive oil

cup……………….. buttermilk

1 teaspoon………… pure vanilla extract

 EGG WASH

1 medium…………. egg white

2 teaspoons………. cold water

 

P R E PA R AT I O N

1. In mixing bowl add flour, sugar, and salt.

Mix together.

2. Add olive oil, buttermilk, and vanilla. Using

a spatula, blend all ingredients. If necessary,

add a sprinkle of flour to create desired texture;

not too wet and not too dry.

3. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Form balls

and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Flatten

with the palm of your hand. Let rest for 5~10

minutes (no need to refrigerate).

4. Roll out between wax or parchment paper.

Assemble pie according to recipe instructions.

Egg wash preparation

Mix egg white and water together until well

blended. Using a pastry brush, brush egg mixture

on the top pie crust. Dust the top of the

crust with 1~2 teaspoonfuls of sugar. Bake according

to recipe instructions.

The egg and water mixture brushed on top helps

the sugar stick to the crust as well as making the pie shine!

 

All American Apple Pie Serves 10 to 12

Now all you need is a hot dog and a Chevrolet.

INGREDIENTS

1 recipe…………….Olive Oil Pie Crust

5 cups………………. tart apples, peeled and

chopped

1 teaspoon………… pure vanilla extract

1 cup………………… granulated sugar

1 teaspoon………… cinnamon

½ teaspoon……….. nutmeg

1 teaspoon………… lemon zest

2 tablespoons……. all purpose flour

1 tablespoon…….. pure olive oil

 

P R E PA R AT I O N

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare top and bottom

of Olive Oil Pie Crust.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients

and blend well.

3. Pour into prepared pie shell. Assemble top

crust, pinch edges together to seal and slice

small holes in the crust for ventilation.

4. Brush with egg wash  and sprinkle

sugar on top. Place pie plate onto a large

cookie sheet (to catch any running juices).

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature

to 350°F and without opening oven door, bake

for another 45 minutes. Remove and let cool

for 30~45 minutes. Serve with light vanilla ice

cream or frozen yogurt.

Pucker Up

 

When life gives you lemons.....
When life gives you lemons…..

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade right?

 Not so fast missy!

Although I love a nice tall glass of lemonade as much the next guy, there is so much more to lemons (and life) than just plain old lemonade.

 Did you also know that lemons

·     Are the top source of citric acid

·     Packed with vitamin C

·     Act as a natural laxative (the juice of one lemon blended with one egg yolk)

·     Fresh lemon juice has only 4 calories

·     Are a natural therapy for treating fever

·     When heated, creates salicyclic acid, which is a natural pain reliever.

·     Are excellent thirst quencher

·     A natural insect repellent

·     Lighten hair color in the sun

·     Are an natural body detoxifier

·     Keep fruits like apples and pears from going brown

·     Have a delicious and soothing aroma

·     Add incredible flavor to baked goods  

Lemon tips

·     When needing only a few drops of lemon  juice, prick one end with a fork and squeeze the desired amount.

·     Lemon juice can be frozen for up to 6 month and still taste fresh. To freeze, place juice in ice cube trays.

·     When a recipe calls for fresh squeezed lemons, squeeze upside down to avoid seeds from dropping into your recipe.

·     To extend the shelf life of a lemon, keep them in your refrigerator in a clean jar, cover them with cold water and seal the jar well.

A couple of useless facts about lemons

·     There are 18 varieties of lemons worldwide

·     On his second voyage, Christopher Columbus brought the first lemons (and lemon trees) to America.

So, when life gives you lemons, go ahead and make lemonade…….

But, don’t forget the cookies!!

Extreme Lemon Sugar Cookies

 ⅔ cup……………….. pure olive oil

1 cup………………… granulated sugar

1 large………………  egg

2½ teaspoons……. pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons……. lemon zest (one large lemon)

2 tablespoons……. fresh lemon juice

2¼ cups……………. flour (whole wheat pastry flour works well)

1 teaspoon………… baking powder

½ teaspoon……….. baking soda

½ teaspoon……….. salt

½ cup……………….  additional sugar for rolling

½ cup……………….  powdered sugar for dusting.

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat cookie sheets

with olive oil cooking spray.

2. In mixer bowl add olive oil, sugar, egg,

vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Blend

until smooth.

3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and

salt. Mix until well blended.

4. Drop by teaspoonfuls or by small size cookie

scoop into sugar and roll until well coated.

Place on prepared cookie sheets.

5. Bake 8 minutes, cool on wire racks, dust

with powdered sugar. Pucker up, and enjoy!!!

Olive Oil Desserts Available January 2009

About desserts made with olive oil

With heart disease on the rise and unhealthy trans fat making headlines as one of the main culprits, many people are looking for better ways to improve their diet. The challenge is that most baked goods contain unhealthy trans fat and hydrogenated oils. For this reason, many people find themselves having to say ”No” to the one food group they love the most – dessert.