Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these! 

These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch!

Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.  
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream SandwichesYield: 8Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a fat wedg…

Retro ABC Graphics ~ Vintage Alphabet Block Images

Cleaning up and reformatting these vintage images was a lot of work, but printing them up and coming up with creative ideas for them will be as easy as A-B-C!

I'm imagining an adorable set of wooden nursery blocks, a colorful bunting, and personalized gift tags just for a start.  How about you?  
What will you make with them?Be sure to show off your creations on the Rook No. 17 Facebook page!  Download the full set of 2x2 blocks in a PDF HERE for free.
 Or, you can download each image individually and size to suit your project HERE for free.Enjoy!

A is for America ~ Vintage Graphic

Just a little something to share in honor of the day.

Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry ~ Book Review
(and an autographed copy giveaway)

Do you love jewelry?  Beautiful beads? Are you like a kid in a candy store at the sight of colorful, wearable art?
Yes? Well, have I got the book for you!

This breathtaking gallery book from Lark Jewelry & Beading celebrates beaded jewelry with a dazzling kaleidoscope of eye candy from innovative artists all over the world.  It is simply delicious!
Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry takes you on an inspiring visual journey with 500 full-color photographs of beaded jewelry, necklaces, rings, bracelets, pins and earrings from more than 200 artists.  
Author and Editor Ray Hemachandra explains that Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, "tells the story of a now fully developed artistic community with both striking design visions and ambitions and an irrepressible yet heart-centered personality.  I think it will be a mainstay on the coffee tables and bookshelves -- including yours -- of many beaders, jewelers, crafts and art fans for years to come."

Want one?
Lark Jewelry & Beading has …

Pesto Panini with Italian Ham and Cheese

I  grilled up a cheese sandwich today. It was great! So, I wanted to share...
This sandwich is layered with the flavors of Italy -- Taleggio cheese from the Alpine region,  Pesto from the Genoa region, and Sweet Capocollo from Southern Italy.

Pesto Panini with Italian Ham & Cheese  2 slices Sourdough Bread Butter  Pesto Taleggio Cheese (grated) Sweet Capocollo (aka Capicolla, Coppa) Lightly butter both sides of bread. Spread the opposite side of the bottom half with Pesto. Set butter-side down on a grill pan or panini press. Arrange a layer of warm Capocollo. Top with grated Taleggio, then the top piece of bread. Grill or press until golden brown on both sides.

Santa Fe Sliders and a Gourmet Getaway with World Market!

Love to travel? Enjoy gourmet foods and wine?
Then please join me...
One of the wonderful things about travel is having the opportunity to sample the local cuisine.  Recreating some of the culinary specialties from your travels is a fun way to share a taste of your adventure with friends and family back home.  

I may not have the ability to hop on a plane on a whim, but I love being able to jump in my car and enjoy the adventure, culture and flavors of an international marketplace right in my own backyard at Cost Plus World Market.  Any time I'm cooking, entertaining or decorating on a theme, World Market is always my first stop.

My childhood memories of trips to New Mexico are swathed in sunset colors, rich in art and culture, and full of vibrant flavors.  With Santa Fe as my inspiration, I headed to World Market this past week to get everything I needed to share a bit of the magic of the southwest with my family.

When I spotted the Deluxe Mini Burger set in the World Grill section, i…

A Little Sunday Nosh ~ Oil Cured Cheese with Fresh Herbs

Here's a wonderful little nosh for cheese lovers that's easy to make.  Treat yourself to an artful melange of  flavors when the mood strikes; serve with antipasti, or give as a hostess gift!
When you're done with the cheese, you have an exceptional flavored oil that is perfect for salad dressing or for dipping pieces of crusty French bread.

Oil Cured Cheese with Fresh Herbs (makes a one- pint jar)
 8 oz. hard or semi-hard cheese*, cubed 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 3 garlic cloves, peeled and pressed with the side of a chef's knife to release flavor 1 sprig fresh rosemary 4 sprigs fresh thyme
Step 1:  With the back edge of a chef's knife, lightly bruise the herbs on a cutting board to release the essential oils.
Step 2:  In a one-pint sterilized mason jar, stir together oil, smoked paprika, crushed pepper and garlic.   
Step 3: Add herbs, then cheese.  Turn jar upside-down for 1 minute to distribute oil.
Step 4…

Banana Bread Biscotti Recipe Redux ~
A Tale of 3 Bad Bananas

What do you do when a banana goes bad?  Several years ago I addressed this culinary conundrum by creating a recipe for Banana Bread Biscotti.  Today, confronted by yet another unseemly trio of bananas that had gone to the dark side, I decided to revisit my original recipe and made a few improvements in the process.  
So, without further ado, here's Banana Bread Biscotti, take II.

Banana Bread Biscottimakes approx. 4 dozen
5 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar (loose, not packed)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3 overripe bananas (the blacker the better)
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup toasted & finely chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

8 oz. good quality chocolate, chopped and melted at low heat

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer, mix bananas, oil, vanilla and eg…

Vintage Animal ABC ~ Alphabet Flash Card Set

A is for Adorable!
I hope you'll enjoy this set of vintage (circa 1966) Animal Alphabet Cards.  Print them as flash cards, frame them for the nursery, string them for a bunting -- get creative!

You can print the entire set (A through Z) for free and use them as you wish for non-commercial purposes only.

Download the full set (twenty-six 5.5" x 4" cards) in PDF format HERE.

 You can download each image individually HERE (images are for non-commercial purposes only).
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Marshmallow Madness Cookbook Giveaway!
Meet and *WIN* the cutest cookbook on the block

If you missed my rave review of Marshmallow Madness!  by Shauna Sever, allow me to bring you up to speed... "Puffy, pretty, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face (and that's just the cover)!  Shauna Sever's Marshmallow Madess!contains dozens of creative recipes for whipping up lots of fluffy, puffy fun!  This book is a must-have for anyone with a cultivated sweet tooth or an appreciation for artful confections." -- Me

Some of my favorite recipes from the book include Malibu Coconut Marshmallows, Malted Chocolate Marshmallows, Margarita Marshmallows and Chocolate Filled Marshmallows.  In addition to the dozens of gourmet marshmallow recipes, Sever has included easy recipes for homemade graham crackers, drinks for mallow dunking, and a host of irresistible desserts, including Lemon Dream Whoopie Pies, Blonde Rocky Road, and S'mores Cupcakes.

My family's favorite is the Maple-Bacon Marshmallows.  They're delicious and so, so easy!  You can find the reci…

Brown Sugar Bacon Belgian Waffles

In celebration of my bacon fanatic's eleventh birthday, we kicked off her day of celebration with homemade buttermilk belgian waffles loaded with brown-sugar candied bacon.  They were fabulous!

Making candied bacon is easy!  Mix up a batch of your favorite waffle batter (from a mix or scratch), pour into the waffle maker and sprinkle with as much candied bacon as you like.  Serve with butter and real maple syrup!

When making the candied bacon, be sure to make a few extra pieces -- it's hard to resist nibbling on a piece while preparing the rest of the breakfast.

Brown-sugar Candied Bacon (from Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever)

1/4 cup light brown sugar1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon8 pieces bacon
1.  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line a large baking sheet with foil.  Set a baking rack on top of the foil.

2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar and cinnamon.
Dip pieces of bacon, one at a time, in the brown sugar mixture.  Use hands to coat, then brush off excess.  

3.  Arrange bacon…

Maple-Bacon Marshmallows
from the Marshmallow Madness! book (recipe and review)

Making marshmallows is like whipping up a little batch of magic in your kitchen.  They're light, fun, and fanciful, -- the stuff of unicorns and rainbows.  But the true beauty of marshmallows is that you don't need a magic wand or a culinary degree to make them from scratch.  

In what I declare the Feel-Good Cookbook of the Year, Shauna Sever throws open wide the doors to the enchanted marshmallow kingdom.  Feel-good?  Yes, Marshmallow Madness! literally feels good because of its satiny smooth and puffy cover.  If this book had cheeks there'd be a line of grandmothers waiting in line to get in a pinch.

Before taking you through a kaleidoscope of creative marshmallow recipes, Sever begins with some marshmallow history, tools of the trade, and marshmallow science.  Then it's on to dozens of creative recipes broken down into The Classics, Fresh and Fruity, Happy Hour (Cocktail-Inspired Marshmallows), Gourmet Flavors, Kids in a Candy Store, and Fluffy, Puffy Desserts!