The Attitude Girl - Mila Bernadkin

2:33 PM Posted by Martha A Cheves



Chocolate Salami
Here is a recipe for a very reach and scrumptious dessert – chocolate salami. 

      You will need:

  • 2 packs (7 oz. each) of Petite Beurre biscuits
  • 20 oz. of finely chopped walnuts
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups of sugar
  • 6 tbsp of Hershey’s cocoa
  • 1 lb of unsalted butter
  • 1 large saucepan
  • 5 sheets of aluminum foil (12 X 15 each).

Note: this recipe makes 5 salami rolls and is good as it is (no substitutes, please).

     Directions:

     1.    Break biscuits into ¼-inch squares.
     2.    Add walnuts and set aside.
3.       Beat eggs with sugar in a saucepan.
4.       Add butter.
5.       Put the saucepan on the stove and cook over medium-low heat.
6.       When the butter is almost melted, add cocoa, stirring constantly until thick.
7.       Remove from heat just before it starts boiling.
8.       Cool slightly.
9.       Add walnuts and biscuit squares and mix well all together.
10.   Divide the mixture into 5 equal piles.
11.   Put each pile on the aluminum foil sheet.
12.   Roll it tightly in a salami shape.
13.   Freeze immediately.

When it’s time to serve your dessert, unwrap the chocolate salami and cut it into pieces.  Take a nice plate, oval rather than round, cover it with a pretty napkin and put the slices of your chocolate salami on it, trying to keep the shape of a salami roll.

      Tips:

-          Take your chocolate salami out of the freezer an hour before serving and put it in the
refrigerator so it won’t be too hard to cut.
-          Make sure not to slice the roll too thin—it may break or crumble.

Enjoy!


The Attitude Girl – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat and Think With Your Taste Buds
 
“Watch where you’re going, you dork,”  I hear suddenly from the right side.  It’s pretty-blond-but-really-dumb-and-mean Heather Stone, insulting a quiet, brilliant nerd, Norman Fixx, for accidently touching her shoulder with a food tray he’s carrying to his table.  “I’m sorry,” mumbles the always-so-polite Norman, “I didn’t mean it, honestly.  I’m so sorry.”  His apology apparently isn’t enough for Heather.  She’s out for blood.  “Listen, Bates, you psycho!” she continues to torture the poor guy.  “His name is Norman Fixx, not Norman Bates,” I yell from my seat.  “Leave him alone.  Didn’t he apologize?  Didn’t he say he was sorry?  What else do you want from him, his blood?”  “You shut up!  Who asked you?”  Heather shouts back and then narrows her eyes and asks, “Who are you, his mother?”  “Norman Fix-me-up, come here.  I want to talk to you,”  calls Ted “The Jaws” McAlly, Heather’s “bodyguard.”  “No, Norman Put-me-down sounds much better,” Heather declares and starts giggling.  Does she actually believe she’s being funny?  They all laugh.  All except for Nick and Brianna, that is.  Brianna Gold is the only one from that group I can tolerate.  And Nick…I look at him appreciatively.  He smiles at me and sends butterflies down my spine.  He’s so sexy, I feel a warm wave all over my body.  God, he’s gorgeous!  If looks could kill, I’d be a corpse right this moment.
 
‘I, Victoria Benson, a seventeen-year old high school senior, have an attitude problem.  Actually, I don’t have a problem with my attitude, but other people apparently do.’  Does it mean you have an attitude just because you want to defend one of the most nerdy boys in school?  Does it mean that you have an attitude just because you are mad at your mother after she loses her job and decides to take a sabbatical before even looking for another?  After all, what will I use for money when my 4 best friends and I decide to go on our weekly shopping spree?  Does it mean that you have an attitude when you find that your mother has found a ‘lump’ and things could get even worse than they already are?  Or when your OWN father left you when you were little and never came back?  Or when your OWN grandmother offers you money and your mother feels you shouldn’t take it?  Now tell me, why would these problems plus cause anyone to have an attitude?
 
While reading The Attitude Girl, I found myself wanting to agree with Vicky’s decisions as she tried to deal with her problems and disagreeing with the attitudes her best friends seemed to have toward her.  But then it hit me.  We are talking about 17 year old girls not an adults.  Their logic is totally different from mine.  Some of the pressures that were put on Vicky are some of the same pressures I can remember seeing and/or hearing about when I myself was a teenager showing me that some things never change. 
 
The Attitude Girl is a book that would be a beneficial read for all adults with pre-teen to teen age children as well as a beneficial read for the children themselves.  We can all learn a lot from this book.

The Attitude Girl is an 8 time award-winning book and after reading it I can see why.

 
2009
321 pages
Five Star Publications
ISBN# 978-1-58985-155-9

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