Emergency hot fudge

Hey team.  How are you?  We've been apart for a while, haven't we?  Since the election, I've hd a really hard time coming to this particular corner of the Internet and feeling like it is worth my time. I wasn't sure that this particular spot was still worth my time, but then I realized that though I haven't been documenting it, my reaction to the election has actually been to spend more time in the kitchen.  I've made chicken salad and chicken broth and all-day bolognese sauce, and fresh pasta and this amazing bread that I'll share with you very soon.

 pour one out for hillary

pour one out for hillary

The point being, when I'm scared, sad, worried or stressed, the main thing that I want to do is cook and feed the people around me.  I want to share that with you, because My eating habits, like many other people I know, have gotten a little topsy turvy.  The other day at 3pm, it was suddenly of the absolute utmost importance that I sit at my kitchen table, watch Good Girls Revolt, and eat ice cream with hot fudge.  I had ice cream but not one bit of hot fudge, but it was fine, because I have this recipe memorized.

 if you don't like sprinkles, don't talk to me.

if you don't like sprinkles, don't talk to me.

There have been a lot of conversations in my circle of people about using our strengths to push back against injustice.  Whats yours?  Mine is that I can make hot fudge in under 15 minutes.  Sugar, milk, chocolate, butter, vanilla and salt are all ingredients you probably have in your home, and you can use them to make an easy, quick hot fudge for ice cream, stirring into your coffee or just eating off your finger.

 it's like cold stone in my house.

it's like cold stone in my house.

The only real risk in making this hot fudge is that you might burn it.  Beyond that, you really can only mess this up so badly because all the ingredients are delicious.  I'm giving you measurements here, but you can eyeball it.  Just make sure you don't heat it up to fast or too high or the sugar and chocolate will burn.

 remnants.

remnants.

Collective action - protesting and organizing and hugging and talking - are the only ways forward, right?  But what are we going to eat while we organize and talk?  I'd like to nominate this hot fudge.  There is a place for kale in our lives.  (I'm eating some right now.)  This is not it.  Kale is not and never will be a great uniter. 

emergency hot fudge

makes enough for 4-6 hot fudge sundaes, depending on the level of decadence.  15 minutes.

  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup or 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of flaky sea salt

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and chocolate, stirring so as not to burn.  Add sugar or corn syrup, milk, and vanilla.  Continue to stir, cooking until the sauce is smooth.  Spoon over ice cream or into coffee, or dip fruit or your fingers.  We did it.

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