Monday, April 03, 2006

Hip Nuts and Dingle Berries

With the hectic hustle of everyday life finally subsiding, I can relax my thoughts and curl up with a nice blog. So sorry for the neglect, but such is life. The monkey is employed with a new company, and learning the ropes of the coffee industry. Yes sir-y bob. Your morning cup of java was brought to you by the movers and shakers behind the scenes: espresso machine technicians. We're working diligently to make sure you have caffeinated vigor each and every morning. Time to wake up!
Exciting stuff. So gone with the personal background and bevy of excuses for my bloggish neglect - and on to more culinary craft. Let's explore the Macadamia nut, or MacNuts for all of those hipsters out there.

Above are some photos we took while in Hilo and Kona. Don't be offended by the name 'Donkey Balls'. That's what the locals call chocolate covered Macadamia nuts. And I can't forget about the dingle berries, or chocolate covered berries. Darn tasty. If you have a question about any of the photos, feel free to email me and I can explain at greater length.

Not only is Mauna Loa the largest volcano in the WORLD, it's also the namesake of the largest commercial Macadamia nut producer in the world.
Three dollars for a big bag 'o nuts? Sold!
So here's what I made with the lovely Macadamia nuts we purchased at Mauna Loa.

MacNut Chocolate Cookies
Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c butter, softened
1/3 c packed dark brown sugar
1/3 c white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/8 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 c mac nuts, chopped
1 1/4 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1. cream together sugars and butter. add vanilla and egg.
2. In separate bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking soda; slowly add to sugar mixture. 3. Mix in the nuts and chips until well blended.
4. drop them by the spoon fulls onto a cookie sheet.
5. bake for 10 minutes.

Give the yummy macnut a try, you wild and crazy hipsters, you.

P.S. Thanks for all of the votes on Teachef! I do believe a pound cake beats a salmon in the game of tea, though...


At 9:58 AM, Blogger Mom said...

These look really good! Can't wait to come up.

At 10:02 PM, Blogger MonkeyBites said...

They are good...ehem, I mean were good...Maybe we'll make some more!

At 4:22 PM, Blogger MM said...

Lord, I need a cookie fix now. Those look super yummy! But for some reason, macadamias are not easy to buy in reasonable amounts here ... hmmm ...


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