Island Cooking: It’s Mud Season in the Kitchen!



With this beautiful weather we’re having it really does feel like spring outside.

But, of course, along with the warmer springlike weather comes an early mud season. It’s really almost like we have five seasons here. On the warmer days walking to our cars outside of the office it is similar to walking in quicksand.

 

It’s already ruined two pairs of my shoes and a lot of mud gets tracked inside the office from our shoes. And also, with the warmer weather approaching, my dogs love to go out and run around – or should I say dig and roll in every muddy area possible. Then they happily come running back in right through the dog door without a care in the world, leaving muddy prints everywhere.

As the run past me I try to grab at least one of them to get some of the mud off. My smaller dog, Leroy, who is white looks like he stuck his face in a bowl of chocolate pudding after he’s been out. He will run really fast past me heading straight to the living room couch and, of course, I’m running right behind him yelling and screaming at the top of my lungs that he better not dare get on that couch but of course he’s already on it before I get there and is rubbing his face all over it to get the dirt off – which seems funny to me because he loves to dig and roll around in it but as soon as he’s done he wants to clean his face on my couch or chairs.

Then of course after I’ve caught and cleaned him off somewhat he runs right back outside and the whole thing starts over again. This has actually gone for most of a whole day before, so when I noticed the neighbors started getting the lawn chairs out to watch the show I figured it was time to toughen up and close the door. This is why I hate mud season. In hindsight I should have probably taken more time to train the dogs to do what I wanted them to do because now I’ve come to realize that they trained me quite well because I’m the one who opens and closes the door for them all day long! Score one for the dogs but I hope they remember who buys their food.

All this talk about mud brings me right to the drink for this week and of course it’s a Mudslide. There’s nothing like a drink that tastes like a milkshake going down. That makes me happier and more relaxed so that I to can sit in the lawn chairs with the neighbors in this springlike weather.

 

Mudslide

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce cream (I use mild but cream makes it really good)

Shake all of the ingredients with ice and pour over ice in a short glass. Yum

 

 

Mud Pie

  • 1/2 package Nabisco chocolate wafers or Oreos (I cheat and use the already-made Oreo crust.)
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 gallon coffee ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cup fudge sauce

Crush your wafers and add butter; mix well. Press into a 9-inch pie plate. Cover with soft coffee ice cream. Put into the freezer until ice cream is firm. Place in freezer overnight or at least until really frozen. I don’t know why I bother to say overnight it’s never been in my freezer overnight yet! Top with fudge sauce. Enjoy.

 

 

Mud Cookies

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350. Microwave semisweet chocolate morsels in a small microwave-safe glass bowl at high for 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds or until melted. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

Blend in the vanilla and melted chocolate.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this slowly to chocolate mixture, stirring until well blended. If you want nuts, stir in the chopped pecans and 1/2 cup milk chocolate chunks.

Get a cookie sheet and line with parchment paper. Spoon large tablespoons of the cookie onto the lined baking sheet and press a few marshmallows on to tops of cookie dough. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set.

Everything is better with chocolate!

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