Imagination doesn't just mean making things up. It means thinking things through, solving [problems] or hoping to do so, and being just distant enough to be able to laugh at things that are normally painful. [Some people] would call this escapism, but they would be be entirely wrong. I would call fantasy the most serious, and the most useful branch of writing there is.
--Diana Wynne Jones

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Secret Hot Fudge Recipe Revealed

I'm on a fiction-writing roll--haven't left my house for three days--but I haven't posted for two weeks, so today you own awesome recipe for hot fudge sauce, invented by me. Perfect on Breyers vanilla icecream.

Chocolate makes everything better. Makes you write better. Makes you well when you're sick. Maybe. That's not a scientifically-proven statement. But I stand by it anyway.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

1/2 C. real butter (no margarine)
1/2 C. slavery-free fair-trade cocoa powder (Dean's Beans is my favorite--you can buy online at

1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 C. sugar

Melt butter in covered glass bowl in microwave. Whisk in cocoa until combined. Then whisk in milk thoroughly. Then whisk in sugar. (Don't try to dump them all in at once or it won't work). Microwave on high 2 minutes. Take out and stir. Mike another minute; stir. One more minute, then stir again. Continue until mixture is thick and begins to foam up. Cool a little and serve over icecream. Or, if you're my daughter, over bananas.

You can do this over the stove, as well, just follow the directions above, only do your cooking over Med-Hi heat and stir constantly with a wire whisk until thick.

So yummy. Don't make it if you're on a diet.

*note: oops, apparently Global Exchange doesn't sell Dean's Beans anymore, but it's still a great fair trade site you should check out. You can buy Dean's Beans baking cocoa at instead.

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