Monday, January 4, 2010

The Gift of S'Mores

Our good friends Anna, Jason, and their son Otis dropped off homemade graham crackers, homemade marshmallows, and a couple chocolate bars this holiday season, which we discovered on our doorstep early one morning accompanied by a poem they wrote. It was such a wonderful way to start the day, and we only wish we'd been awake (or perhaps heard them stop by) so we could have chatted a bit and shown them our place.

Now that one of our fireplaces is usable (we're still working on #2), we were able to make a s'more the old fashioned way the other night, and enjoy it. Tonight, we went new-school with our approach, making use of our gas stove to roast the marshmallow. Thankfully, in both cases we avoided a repeat of 'The Great Tamale Fire of 2008' - when I tried cooking up homemade tamales given to us by Anna & Jason & Otis last holiday season.

To anyone who's never had a s'more featuring both a homemade marshmallow and homemade graham cracker, I highly recommend it. The graham cracker was firm but still had a moist, chewiness to it, and (as you can hopefully see in the photo) was glistening with a sprinkling of sugar. The marshmallow was soft, and neither cloyingly sweet nor spongey like store-bought impostors. Maybe if we ask nice, Anna & Jason will share their recipes?

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