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216/365: National Chocolate Chip Day

You’re like a chip off the old block if you appreciate today’s food holiday. August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Day!

At least, I think it is. Don’t you just love discrepancy? I originally had today listed as National Lasagna Day, and while a few websites concur, most showed that on July 29, so we celebrated it then. Which left the “real” food holiday for August 4…umm, a bit of a mystery. Occasionally, we’ll come across a day where consensus is lacking, or there just isn’t a lot of information. Today is like that. But several sources list it as National Chocolate Chip Day, which is good enough for me! (Further confusing matters: May 15 is/was either National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day or National Chocolate Chip Day, depending on whom you believe). Sheesh. Can you pass the Excedrin?20130804_094949

I discussed how chocolate chips were invented in my previous post in May, so we won’t rehash that. The fact is, I’m loathe to rehash anything we have to celebrate twice, but when it comes to chocolate chips, it’s hard to think of making anything else with them but cookies. Still, a quick online search netted some rather unusual chocolate chip recipes. The non-adventurous need not apply.

20130804_100002We were fresh out of crickets, so to celebrate, we decided to make banana bread with chocolate chips. Since Tara did all the work, I’ll let her talk about the recipe…and also her super cool new mixer!

Hi there!  My recipe is there on the left.
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As you can tell from all the splatters, this page sees a lot of use.  The recipe is from a Fanny Farmer cookbook that was given to me on my 18th birthday.  The cover is long gone, one corner is chewed up from one of my dogs, there are lots of scrap pieces of paper used for bookmarks, along with quite a few bent corners.

My super cool mixer was purchased yesterday at the local Value Village thrift store.  We had a few items to donate and decided to take a quick look inside.  I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it and wide-eyedly asked Mark if I should get it.  A little bit of hopeful expectation in my tone of voice.  He said absolutely and suggested I plug it in to make sure it worked.  It did…and does wonderfully.  It’s a Sunbeam Deluxe Mixmaster Mixer, circa 1975, and a steal at $24.99.  I have a feeling this is going to be a staple in our cooking from now on.

National Chocolate Chip Day

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135/365: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

You won’t cry when you’re eating today’s teardrop-shaped morsel of chocolatey goodness. May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

It may also be National Chocolate Chip Day, depending on which source you believe. Either way, we’ve got the holiday covered.

Like several other of the foods we’ve honored already, chocolate chip cookies were created by accident. Ruth Graves Wakefield was a dietitian who graduated from Framingham State Normal School’s Department of Household Arts (home of the Fightin’ Spatulas!) (just kidding, but it ought to be) and gave lectures on food. She and her husband Kenneth opened a lodge called the Toll House Inn near Whitman, Massachusetts, and she was responsible for preparing meals for the guests. One evening she decided to make chocolate butter drop cookies, but found herself missing a key ingredient: baker’s chocolate. Undeterred, Ruth decided to substitute a Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar. She broke it up into chunks, thinking it would mix together with the dough and create an all chocolate cookie, but the morsels only softened. The cookies tasted great anyway, so she served them, and they became a big hit. The chocolate bar had been a gift from Andrew Nestle himself, as Ruth’s reputation as a talented baker spread far and wide. Sensing a good marketing idea, Ruth contacted Nestle, and struck up a deal with the company: they could print her “chocolate chunk cookie” recipe on their chocolate bar labels if they supplied her with free chocolate bars for her cookies. This was a win-win for both: sales of Nestle semisweet chocolate bars increased, and Ruth ended up with free chocolate (and loads of publicity) for life. Nestle wanted to make it easy for home cooks to make the cookies and even included a tiny chopper in the packaging until 1939, when they introduced chocolate chip morsels.

Ruth and Kenneth owned the Toll House Inn until 1966, when they sold it to a family that turned it into a nightclub. A few years later it was sold again to another family who turned it back into a lodge, and continued to bake the original recipe Toll House cookies for their guests. The inn burned down on New Year’s Eve, 1984. As for chocolate chip cookies? Well, they went on to become the most popular cookie in America. Here’s Ruth’s original recipe.

Mrs. Wakefields Original Toll House Cookie Recipe

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.)
1 cup chopped nuts

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

 
As for Tara and I, we picked up a couple of chocolate chip cookies from the farmer’s market over the weekend. No, they aren’t Ruth’s Toll House recipe, but there’s no such thing as a bad chocolate chip cookie, you know?
Chocolate Chip Cookie
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