First, thanks to those of you who took time to share about what kind of cook you are in the last post. I cherish the descriptions of what goes on in your kitchen. To say thanks, I devote this next recipe to you dear hard working home cooks. It is not always easy keeping food on the table. No matter how much you enjoy it, there are times when cooking can be more of a task than a delight. Then there is always the sink full of dirty dishes waiting for you after the last savory bite.
We live in a busy world that seems to just keep getting busier with text messaging, high speed internet, images racing faster and faster across television screens with campaigns so slick we can hardly tell they are advertisements. I have my ways of trying to ignore these facts of life (I love keeping my cell phone on silent mode too often), but alas, facts are facts.
So here is a little treat for you. Turn off the tube, stuff your "smart phone" under the mattress, and take a moment all to yourself.
Gently heat some whole, creamy milk, add some cocoa, maple and vanilla. Pour the steamy mixture into a delicate mug (perhaps one your grandmother gave you), sink into a big chair by a window, and sip away. This one's for you!
Perfect Hot Cocoa: (serves 2-4)
*2 cups whole (raw if possible) milk
*3 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
*2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*pinch of sea salt
Place milk in a small saucepan over medium/low heat. Add cocoa powder. Whisk. Add remaining ingredients. Whisk until liquid is smooth and frothy and all cocoa is dissolved. Heat until just steaming making sure to remove from heat before bringing to a simmer. Pour into mugs and enjoy.