Monday, June 9, 2008
Madeline + Me in the Kitchen, Again
To say we've been having a blistering heatwave in New York these past few days, is like saying it's sorta cold in Antarctica; the thermometer in the backyard has been consistently reading in the high nineties, with the real feel hovering at around 110. So, when my little sous chef, Madeline (Madeline, A Rainy Day + Homemade Biscuits), asked if we could make homemade pizza this week, I waited until the very last moment, hoping that the weather might break, before deciding upon a recipe that required a bit less effort, and a lot less oven--Dirt Cake. Now, it goes without saying that this couldn't just be any dirt cake. No, it had to be the best darn dirt cake ever made, because when you're cooking with a child who wants to learn their way around the kitchen, you owe it to them to put your heart and soul into everything you make. In this case, we used a real clay pot, and layered plenty of thick pudding and cream cheese mixture with chocolate chips, and two types of chocolate cookies, before topping it all off with fake grass, flowers and gummy worms; it truly was a dirt cake work of art. Afterwards, we celebrated our hard afternoon in the kitchen with a jump in the pool, and a drive around town in the Jeep to air-dry our wet hair. As I dropped Madeline back home, with her backpack, and dirt cake, and wet swimsuit, we both agreed that it had been a perfect summer afternoon. I'm looking forward to a cool spell, so we can finally make the pizza we've been planning for months now, and whatever other adventures ensue.
1 large bag Oreo cookies, crushed
1 container chocolate wafer cookies, crushed
Mini chocolate chips
1/2 stick butter
1 8oz. package cream cheese
2 cups milk
2 large boxes chocolate pudding
8 oz. non-dairy whipped topping
Cream together the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl. Add the pudding, milk, and whipped topping, and beat until thoroughly mixed.
Line flowerpot with foil. Layer handfuls of cookies and chips, then pudding mixture, then more cookies and chips, and more pudding, finishing with cookie mixture on the top. Decorate with fake flowers or grass. Refrigerate before serving with a spoon.