So, yesterday was the Superbowl of foodiness…oh, and also a really good football game. (We will not talk about the Niners loss…)
We spent the weekend with some great and longtime friends at their house. Yes!Chef! made some delicious short ribs with polenta and roasted broccoli for dinner on Saturday night. It took several hours for it to cook, so when my girlfriend informed me that a Norman Rockwell exhibit was going on at the Crocker Art Museum in downtown Sacramento, we high-tailed it over there for a couple of hours. The place was packed. I brought my camera with me, naturally, because I had taken photos over there before in other exhibits (no flash). I got a couple of photos, but then a nice young woman told me that we were not allowed to take photos because of the copyright. She did not ask me to erase the ones I took, so I respect their request and I won’t put up any of the photos I took while I was there.
I have a couple of Rockwell books at home, one of which is depicted above. The book measures at least 12″x18″ so the photos of Rockwell’s work are good size. Nonetheless, seeing the actual canvases that Rockwell produced was an amazing experience. (He is my favorite artist.) Here are a few of my favorites that I saw at the museum (pictures from my book):
One of the things I appreciate about Rockwell is how he depicted women. They weren’t just hanging around looking pretty. Mostly they were busy doing things. It is always about real life for Rockwell…situations people could relate to. That was why he was so appealing to so many. That is why he appeals to me. Real people and real situations.
The bottom picture is particularly haunting as it depicts an actual event in our history. Wouldn’t you know that it would happen to a very brave little girl. This picture rips my heart out.
At any rate, we enjoyed ourselves very much and when we returned to my girlfriend’s house, the men were playing pool and drinking some great wine while they were waiting for us and the dinner.
I guess it doesn’t really matter who won when you are having so much fun. The short rib dinner was great (no pics because sometimes you just gotta enjoy the meal uninterrupted), as expected.
On Sunday Morning, the men again got in the kitchen and cooked us breakfast….scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon and a potato and sweet pepper and onion fry. Excellent.
For weeks before the Superbowl, I had been seeing recipes of all kinds of yummy looking Superbowl chow. I even hopped on the bandwagon with my Mexican Sweet Mini-Pepper Poppers. However, when it got right down to it, the only things I made for the Superbowl were S’More Cookies with Homemade Marshmallows and some Whoppie Pies from a mix. (They were pretty good, for a mix.) We had so much other food that yes!Chef! didn’t really even make anything. He helped with the food that was being prepared and he enjoyed that very much. The menu included corn chowder, beef and chicken tacos, guacamole, corn pudding, flan, gouda with spicy honey mustard wrapped in dough and probably some other things that I have forgotten. (Needless to say that my Weight Watchers regimen was pretty non-existent.)
So, bottom line is I have no recipes from Yes!Chef!. I do, however, have a little something something made by yours truly. This dessert was quite spectacular and very well received. I am not a big fan of marshmallows, but I had pinned a couple of homemade marshmallow recipes to Pinterest quite a while ago because everyone said they were so tasty. And, turns out they were almost right…they are ACTUALLY QUITE AWESOME!
My son said, “How come the homemade marshmallows taste so much better than the ones we usually have?”
So, Kudos to Stephanie of “Ice Cream Before Dinner for developing this recipe. Mine are a little different than hers in looks and I put chocolate ganache on top of the cookies and melted chocolate chips in between the cookie crust and the marshmallows.
For the Superbowl Party, I was a little light on the chocolate on top. I wanted the marshmallows to be the stars. When I got home, I tried a little more ganache on top and let it drip down the sides of the cookies. Yes!Chef! proclaimed it even better than the ones on the day before.
Here’s a link to the recipe. S’more Bites with Homemade Marshmallows.
Because I wanted the marshmallow to be the star, I chose semi-sweet chocolate chips, which are not as sweet as the original Milk Chocolate Hershey Bars that we are all familiar with. I used the melted chocolate chips to glue the marshmallow to the top of the cookie by placing a dollop of chocolate on top of the cookie and then placing the marshmallow on top. To make Ganache, I melted some chocolate chips in a glass cup in a microwave on medium power. I microwave about 1 minute at a time and then stir it around. Microwave more if you need. Once it is melted, add some cream until you get the smooth consistency that you want. Then either pour over the top, or take a spoonful of the chocolate to drizzle on top.
Read the entire recipe all the way thru because she has a suggestion of a quicker way to make the cookies, which I chose not to do because I wanted to have the layer of chocolate between the cookie and the marshmallow. Also, be aware that the marshmallows need to “rest” or cure for 24 hours before you can eat them.
Final warning! These are really, really good. You will eat more than one.