Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bawk Bawk

Chocolate class + two jobs + half marathon training schedule + a fun new friend = breathless, in a somewhat stressed but also good way.  I’ve thought of two new chocolate flavors to try out.  They might be awesome or they might be nasty—there’s only one way to find out.  Any volunteers?  No?  How about if I give you a hint?  Ants on a log and root beer floats.  Anyone interested in being a guinea pig now?  For those of you who had the misfortune of growing up somewhere besides the Midwest, “ants on a log” is the name of a kid’s snack.  It’s a stalk of celery, filled with peanut butter, with a line of raisins stuck on top of the peanut butter.  I’m serious.  It’s on Wikipedia, so it must be a real thing.  Root beer seems to be one of those “love it or hate it” flavors, so that confection may not be popular with everyone.  My brother is in the “love it” camp, and I haven’t created a candy for him yet.  If it turns out to be delicious, I’ll give him a box to distract him when I visit my brand new niece (next month, when it will hopefully NOT be snowing anymore). 

Speaking of celery—I’ve invented a Primal variation on a coworker’s tasty chicken dip (which I always eat with celery because NO CRACKERS ALLOWED).  If you want something healthier than chocolate, try this:

Non-cheat Chicken Dip
1 large can chicken (10 oz)
½ tsp herbes de Provence or Italian herb blend
¼ tsp garlic powder
½ cup plain Greek yogurt (organic is best, as usual)—I use the kind with fat in it cuz it’s yummier

Drain the chicken, throw it in a bowl and use a fork to break up the lumps.  Crush the herbs a little with your fingers and sprinkle them over the chicken.  Add the garlic powder.  Stir well.  Add the yogurt and stir again.  Eat with celery stalks or spoon into lettuce wraps, or just eat it with the spoon.  Quick, easy, yummy.

So what do you think of the candy ideas (other than that they’re a bit vague)?  Would you taste a root beer float crème?  How about ants on a log, if it was made with chocolate instead of celery?  And if anyone tries the dip recipe, will you let me know how yours turns out?

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