"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"g" is for...

I've made reference before to my irrational unappreciation of the Delta prior to moving there. After graduating from State (and never having lived anywhere other than Starkville), I was offered a job with Viking Range Corporation, a world-wide company in the small Delta town of Greenwood, Mississippi. I admit I didn't know much about Viking or Greenwood before taking the job, but God guided me west on Highway 82 towards a great job and some great people.

If you're not familiar with this formerly sleepy Delta town, I recommend you try it for a great weekend getaway. Stay at The Alluvian, indulge at The Alluvian Spa and feed your appetite for instruction at the Viking Cooking School. And for a small town (or any town, for that matter), you can't beat the restaurants in Greenwood - the famous Crystal Grill, Lusco's prohibition-style dining booths, eclectic Southern cuisine at Delta Fresh Market, the "Delta Casual" atmosphere of Giardina's and Steven's BBQ for the best chocolate cake in town.

Books have always been a big part of my life. My parents read to me from day one, and I began reading early as well. I will never forget road trips with my dad where a new book was always the prize for good behavior, and I still read a great deal today. I was a young adult when I came across one of my most favorite children's books, The Great Alphabet Fight. Super-clever and beautifully illustrated by Joni Eareckson Tada (a quadriplegic who draws and paints with her teeth), this book is a little hard to find, but is completely worth buying if you run across it. If you have small children (or teach them), it's a great addition to your library!

Just realized I haven't introduced this week's Delicious Dish. The instructions are super-simple, and the concept is easy to appreciate as well.

Triple Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches (or whatever kind you want them to be)

1 (17.5-ounce) package chocolate chip cookie mix (I actually used slice and bake)
1 stick butter
1 egg
1 (12-ounce) bag mini chocolate chips (I used rainbow sprinkles, too)
2 pints chocolate chocolate chip ice cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, combine cookie mix, butter, egg, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Stir to form dough. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 14 minutes. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet before transferring to wire rack. Cool cookie completely, and then freeze for a minimum of 1 hour before completing ice cream sandwiches as directed.

Soften ice cream on the counter for 10 minutes prior to making sandwiches. Remove cookies from freezer, place a scoop of ice cream on the backside of 1 cookie. Sandwich with another cookie and carefully press together until ice cream reaches the edge of the cookies. Roll edges in remaining chocolate chips. Freeze for 10 minutes, then serve.


Anonymous said...

you will be pleased to know that at the savvy gourmet (in nola, the place where kelley and i took cooking classes...see my blog if you are confused) the demonstration kitchen uses all viking equipment. i felt like i was cooking in the delta (ok, not really)

laura mc

KK said...

Somehow I have been blessed enough to enjoy this weeks dessert and prepared by Ms. Smith herself. Actually, the ones she rolled in sprinkles may have been the best! Had no idea the cookies were homemade. Hmmm...I think there is still one left!

LT (and Max) said...

i have become quite a fan of greenwood myself as you know. let's go to the alluvian sometime together. maybe you can get me a free room.

Katie said...

Yummy sounding cookies! We are planning a little getaway to Alluvian. I hear the spa there is great!

Courtney and Jason G. said...

I have been missing these letter posts, and might I add, this is quite an undertaking to come up with something for every letter.
I love that your dad gave you books. GGGGreat idea. And, i love icecream sandwiches and cant wait to use this recipe!

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