HAPPY 4TH OF JULY
We all have our favorite holidays, and mine is not the most common one haha. 4TH OF July is one, if not my favorite holiday. I guess it has to do with the appreciation I have for this wonderful country, and how lucky and blessed we truly are. Also the family tradition and festivities growing up were always going to the park behind my high school with the WHOLE family. We would lay on a blanket while eating a bucket of KFC and CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, listen to live music, play cards all day with my cousins, and then finally watch the 30 minute firework show!!! Then the best part would be us doing “legal” fireworks as a family in the drive way after the show that was in town. Sometimes I wish I could take a time capsule back to these moments.
Fourth of July is also known as Americas Independence Day! Our Independence Day is a Federal holiday that was established 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. It was a day, and written document declaring the original 13 colonies would break off from the British empire, and start a new nation. FUN FACT: The actual separation from the British Empire took place on July 2nd. It needed congressman’s approval (John Adams, & Thomas Jefferson..etc), and it was approved on July 4th!! America is a place founded for opportunity, and to be free in many forms that other countries aren’t blessed with. America is a melting pot of immigrants from all countries, we must love and respect what we have. My father said, “Freedom with intellectuality is okay babe, freedom with stupid is scary..”-Michael Pietrantonio (My daddy).
Lets get to baking shall we… Fun fact* – If the chocolate chip cookie recipe your using has baking powder its a no go!!! In my experience over the years the best are with out baking powder for the right texture!!! My niece Caramia is always my baking partner. She loves to help people, and she loves to cook/bake! Plus its a good way to get the kids more involved, and away from the technology! Its always a plus to teach them fundamentals on how to cook/bake! She tells me she wants to be a chef like me, so we are training her early ahah.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield:12-14 Cookies Bake: 350° F 10-14 min (golden on the outside, light in the center) Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda 1/2 Cup Sugar 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar 2 Tsp Honey 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 1 Egg 1 Stick Unsalted Butter 1/4 tsp salt 1 Cup Chocolate Chunks Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Cream the butter,and sugars together (brown sugar and granulated sugar). 3. Add the egg, honey, and vanilla and cream together. 4. Scrap the bowl down. Scale all dry ingredients in a bowl with out the chocolate chunks : Flour, salt, and baking soda. 5. Add the dry to the wet butter mixture. Mix just until incorporated 6. Add the chocolate chunks. and mix until just incorporated! 7. Place bowl of cookie dough in the cooler for 10-15 minutes. 8. Spray or line a sheet pan with grease, aluminum, or parchment paper. 9. Make hockey puck rounds with the cookie dough. The size is between a golf ball and tennis ball. 9. Bake for 10-14 min on the middle rack. I like to rotate the pan in the middle of baking also. The cookie should be golden brown on the outside, and lighter in the center. Don’t be scared that it is raw in the center. The cookie carries over, and bakes for another 3-4 minutes when its comes out of the oven and its cooling down. 10. Enjoy your warm goowwwwyyyy cookies with a glass of milk :]!! *(you may alter this cookie recipe to the filling of your choice and it will still work. Example: Oatmeal, white chocolate, nuts..etc.. if you have questions of a cookie idea, or measurements you know where to find me :]) Happy 4th of July Everyone! Stay happy, blessed, and safe!