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winter’s dark and chill with mini-parties
by Katy Balcer |
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too old. What could be more cozy and comforting than a few
friends, a row of sleeping bags (points to whoever brings one from
his/her youth), and no sleep ‘till Brooklyn? (I’m not saying
you must listen to the Beastie Boys at your party, though
nostalgic musical choices are certainly encouraged.) Plans can be
open-ended; what favorite activity of your youth do you not get
enough of today? Pull out Hungry Hungry Hippos or Perfection, play
truth or dare, bake cookies. Puzzles are fair game, as are art
projects, hide and seek, or old-school video games. Don’t forget
to make time to look into the darkened mirror and call out for
When your friends are
lounging about in pj’s and fuzzy slippers, wow them with the
ultimate comfort food – Heavenly Hash Cake. I’ve become
addicted to this chocolate monstrosity, and whenever I serve it,
the praise it gets is usually expressed only in rapturous moans.
It can be made with or without the nuts. But milk is the only
So, that may get you
through ‘till April Fool’s Day or so. Nothing bad at all about
hibernation, as long as you know how to do it right.
2 small or
1 large package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 eggs, separated
˝ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pint whipping cream (and
˝ pint more if you want to use some to frost)
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts
1 angel food cake (store-bought
Beat the 1
pint of whipping cream and put aside. Break up the cake into
bite-sized pieces and put aside.
Melt the chocolate chips on low heat. Beat egg yolks and
add ‘em into the chocolate – stir it up.
Beat egg whites until stiff, adding the sugar in.
Add the egg whites into the chocolate & egg mixture.
Fold them in.
Add nuts, vanilla and salt as well. Stir.
Fold (very important to fold!) in the whipped cream
Layer pieces of angel food cake with the chocolate goop
until everything is used up. (I use an angel food cake mold,
but it can also be layered in a casserole dish).
Refrigerate. Frost with additional whipped cream if you
sometimes finds it hard to think outside the box, 'cause she works in a
cube. She's an editor, writer and resident of Ferndale, MI.
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