Calling All Cookie Monsters

Attention must be paid! Tuesday, August 4th is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Cookies for breakfast? Of course. Munch at lunch? Yes! Pull that plateful toward you all day long? It’s required. There are two schools of thought on chocolate chip cookies in Ann Kelly’s Kitchen - crunchy or pillow-soft? I’m in the pillow-soft line and always will be. Unless you dunk that crisp one in an ice cold glass of milk. Done deal.

So where or where did the chocolate chip cookie come from? The Toll House Inn in Whitmas, Massachusetts by a lady named Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1938. That was how the Toll House Company began and countless zillions later were still happily baking away with the most popular chocolate chips on the market from Nestle. Now it’s the official state cookie of Massachusetts.

My favorite version of the cookie in one called the Ivy League Chocolate Chunk Cookie I’ve been using for years. The cookbook was called “Cold Weather Cooking” from Sarah Lean Chase. The difference here is lemon juice and oatmeal and it’s a fantastic cookie. But I digress, as usual.

I talked with Janis Thibault who founded Janis and Melanie, based on her love of cooking with her Mom Jamie, and is now run with her sister Melanie. Now doesn’t that bring back warm memories of learning to bake your first cookies with your mom who had to ask you to stop eating the chips? Or the dough. They started with her recipe for Cheese Straws, then on to the chocolate chip cookies and a very successful business. It must be nice to smell like cookies at work! Take a moment to hear from Janis and why family meant everything to this business.

Any day is a good day to teach someone you love to learn how to bake their first cookies - and the benefits of sharing, of course. Feel free to share those pictures of you all in the kitchen and of course, those recipes. Enjoy those cookies and milk from Ann Kelly’s Kitchen!

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM ANN KELLY’S KITCHEN

I love watching keep-fit videos while eating chocolate chip cookies - Dolly Parton

Ann Kelly

Hello, I am Ann Kelly! I was born in Garfield Heights, Ohio (which is a suburb of Cleveland) as one of five children!

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