I'm taking part in the fourth A to Z Challenge where for the month of April I will blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays. The participation list is HERE – if you want to join in. You'll make many new friends, but most of all you'll have fun!
My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that I think is the perfect cookie companion along with a few fun facts about the cookie and/or ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Kids Bake 'Em Chocolate Chip Cookie and I did just that; I let my kids bake them. Besides being super yummy, they are also nut, milk and egg free, for folks who have allergies to those food items.
Fun Facts – The chocolate chip cookie was invented when baker Ruth Wakefield, a graduate of the Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts, and a dietitian who lectured on food, was baking cookies for the guests of the Toll House Inn (owned by her and her husband) decided to add chocolate to her traditional Butter Drop Do cookies. The recipe called for the use of baker's chocolate but on this day Ruth found herself without the needed ingredient. She substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar cut up into bits. However, unlike the baker's chocolate the chopped up chocolate bar did not melt completely, the small pieces only softened, thus creating the first chocolate chip cookie.
Book Buddy – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. What else would you read when eating chocolate chip cookies? Well, I guess you could also read A Chocolate Moose for Dinner by Fred Gwynne. But Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is longer which means you could eat more cookies.
Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!
Do you prefer chocolate, chocolate chips or white? Personally, I love them both. Have you read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Seen the movie? Which actor do you prefer playing the part of Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder (1971) or Johnny Depp (2005)?
Today is also the first Wednesday of the month where I, along with a bunch of other writers whom you can visit here, share our writing insecurities. The Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, is a place where writers can gather to vent their frustrations or share their hopes, dreams, and fears. This is a safe and supportive place for writers, so feel free to join in. The co-hosts this month are Annalisa Crawford, Julie Luek, and Elsie. Thanks for helping out the Ninja Captain. Good luck with your co-hosting duties!
With the A to Z Challenge in full-swing the only fear I have is making it all the way to Z. How about you? What's on your mind this month?