By Kevin Williams
Okay, chances are you have a bag of these in your pantry: chocolate chips. They are great for an emergency sweet tooth and can be used to build any dessert around. So if you are looking for some creative ways to use chocolate chips besides the regular ol' chocolate chip cookies, here is some inspiration for you:
HOMEMADE BABY RUTH BARS: Yum, these are staples in Amish bake-shops. Click here for the recipe.
HOMEMADE AMISH CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA BARS: I sampled these at a Swartzentruber Amish home, a delicious, dense granola bar...I could eat these all day (but first I'd have to make them). Click here for the recipe.
SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CHIP PUDDING BARS: Wow! Click here.
PULL APART CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CAKE: Click here for this recipe, makes for an awesome breakfast.
AMISH CHOCOLATE CHIP BROWNIES: This is a standby classic that'll disappear fast after you make them. Click here.
AMISH CARAMEL BARS: Click here for this amazing treat.
These chocolate chip recipes all look so good, I don't know which one I'd try first!
We live in the Grand Rapids, MI viewing area, which covers a big lake effect (Lake Michigan) region. Thus, I think it's considered a good area for TV meteorologists to work - a lot of challenges, especially when trying predict snowfall amounts. Perhaps it's why one of them, Bill Steffen, has done on-air weather forecasting here since 1974 - first at one TV station, and now another. He worked his way up to chief meteorologist at both stations. He's from the Chicago area originally, so I imagine he could have moved on up to the Chicago market if he'd wanted. Ginger Zee, who's now seen doing the weather on national TV, worked at his station several years ago.
The TV market in central Michigan is unusual...If I am correct, you share affiliates across Battle Creek-Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids? So that, for instance, your ABC station is in BC, CBS in Kalamazoo,and so on?
I'd have to guess you haven't spent much time in AZ...the meteorologists also give the weather for the whole state which is NOT all flat. We have N. AZ where there is snow, wind, rain, etc...they also talk about fire hazard conditions...and, btw, we have some terrific weather gals...personality and they sound like they know what they are talking about. Go to ABC tv Amber Sullins. I know she has a fb page or just a page on the station's page. She would have lots to say about your summation of Phoenix weather.
Virginia....I actually thought of you when I wrote that post, figured you'd set me straight if I was wrong, good point about the Phoenix stations forecasting for the whole state, that would definitely encompass a range of weather! - Kevin