National Chocolate Chip Day, #DoodlewashDinner

Today we have Chocolate Chip Cookies and coffee for dessert at the #DoodlewashDinner.

While today is dedicated only to the chocolate chip and not the cookie, they certainly go hand in hand.  We have Ruth Wakefield of the Toll House Inn to thank for the first chocolate chip cookie baked in 1937, and since that day most established bakers claim to have formulated their own BEST recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Chocolate Chip Day

These little flat-bottomed, tear-shaped chips were first made from semi-sweet chocolate.  To my knowledge they are now also available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, mint chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter varieties, but that’s stretching it because the last two are not even made from chocolate.  At any rate, cookies are much tastier with the addition of chocolate chips, and that’s something to celebrate!

National Home Brew Day, #DoodlewashDinner

To today’s #DoodlewashDinner I am bringing some home brew made by my hubby and his friends.  They have been home brewing for a number of years now and have made some great beers.  The best one they ever brewed was a Russian Imperial Stout, and it even won an award at a local competition.

Home Brew

Home Brew

My beer appears to be an ale of some sort.  Now all we need is a bowl of salty pretzels.  Enjoy!

National Star Wars Day

According to the internet, “May 4 is considered a holiday by some Star Wars fans to celebrate the franchise’s film series, books, and culture The date was chosen for the easy pun on the catchphrase “May the Force be with you”— “May the Fourth be with you.”   While not officially recognized by Disney until 2013, it has been celebrated for many years by diehard SW fans.

Yoda, I am

Yoda, I am

Here is my version of Yoda, and although he is green, wrinkly, and hairy, for some reason he makes me smile.

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day #doodlewashaday

Today we celebrate cake without frosting, which is pretty bland unless it is baked with a gooey topping of pineapples rings, brown sugar, butter, and maraschino cherries.  Of course the topping is actually baked as the bottom and then inverted, helping the buttery, caramelized brown sugar goodness absorb into the cake.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Centuries ago this cake was “baked” in a cast iron skillet, which is evidently ideal for caramelizing sugar while preventing the butter from burning.  Pineapple upside down cake was once thought of as a good option to serve for breakfast, but nowadays we usually suggest something with a little more protein to start the day.  So, make sure you have some yogurt on top.  🙂