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Friday, July 1, 2011

Books With Cookies And Milk (6)

Jumping Off Swings
by Jo Knowles

     I have mentioned Jo's books before, but not under Books With Cookies And Milk.  I have been blogging about picture books, but I thought I would blog about one for the YA Genre (and for us, too!)  Jo writes this story using four different narrators.  Here you can feel a connection with each of her characters and how Elle and Josh struggle with the outcome of their one night stand, along with the support of their best friends, Caleb and Corinne. 

     I have been blogging about "Tone" and "Who is telling your story".  Check out "Jumping Off Swings" and see how it is done so well.  Jo writes a compelling story.  While you are at it check out "Lessons From A Dead Girl".  Jo's newest creation "Pearl" is coming out on July 19, 2011.  I can't wait for it. 

     Here is a recipe to make and enjoy while reading this amazingly good book:

Chocolate Ganache S'mores


1/4 cup whole graham crackers, crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (10 ounce package large marshmallows.


1.Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2.Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Mix until evenly moistened, then press into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven until the crust is lightly browned and smells toasted, about 5 minutes.

3.Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil. When the cream has come to a boil, remove from the heat immediately and pour over the chocolate chips; whisk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Pour evenly over the graham cracker layer.

4.Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.

5.Place an even layer of marshmallows on top of the chocolate. Broil until the marshmallows are lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened, about 45 minutes. Cut into bars using a pizza cutter sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Prep time:  10 min.            Cook Time:  20 min.          Ready In:  1hr 15 min. 

Don't Forget The Milk!


Madeleine said...

Mmm sounds scrumptious! I shall have to bookmark one of Jo Knowles' books to read. :O)

Maeve Frazier said...

Hi Madeleine - Thanks for stopping by. Jo is definitely a must read! I love reading her Blog. She posts such great reading. If you have time she is at