Yesterday Juanita and I were in the kitchen with a couple friends. They were helping Juanita make chocolate covered cherries. As the dippin' and rollin' were going full steam, the lights went out.
"OOO! OOO! YES! I get to try my new generat..." and the lights came back on.
Maybe I'll get to use my new generator another day.
Chocolate Covered Cherries
2 and 1/2 cups of powered sugar
1/4 cup softened butter (unsalted is best, salted will be good, too)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
16 ozs maraschino cherries, with stems, drained
2 tablespoons shortening
2 cups (16 ozs) semisweet chocolate chips
Combine butter, sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl, knead until mold-able. Shape into about 3/4 inch balls, then flatten into 2 inch disks.
Wrap each disk around a cherry and gently roll in hands. Place the wrapped cherries stem up on a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie sheet and chill the bunch. Half an hour in the freezer, or four hours in the refrigerator.
Microwave the chocolate chips and shortening until melted, stir until smooth. Dip the chilled cherries, holding by the stem, into the chocolate. Let the extra drip off and place on waxed paper until the chocolate has set. Place chocolate covered cherries in a covered container and refrigerate for a week or two before eating.
Cherries can be soaked in Bourbon before wrapping for a more adult-type treat.
Here is to future power failures.