Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Sweet Inn Story for National Chocolate Chip Week -- March 14-20, 2015

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- What foodie doesn't love a chocolate chip cookie?! Well, foodie friends, this is our week, National Chocolate Chip Week -- March 14-20, 2015.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, an
All-American sweet dessert!
Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Week!

Featuring Georgia's local artisan cheese, plus 1 ½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips,  Zeigler House Inn's own Jackie Heinz shares one of her favorite recipes -- Aztec Cheddar Cookies from Flat Creek Lodge.  

Whether rocking on a porch or busy in the kitchen, surrounded by friends, family or strangers, southerners like to tell stories! 

The Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie has a story of an innovative woman inventor, one with ingenuity who was a small inn owner.

The popular USA cookie, first published as "Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie", was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield. She owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts -- a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s.
Congratulations, Boston! On July 9, 1997, the Chocolate Chip Cookie was designated the Official Cookie of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

In keeping with the tradition of creating delicious homemade meals, Ruth also baked for her guests. One day, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a favorite recipe dating back to Colonial days, Ruth lacked the nuts called for in the recipe. So she cut a bar of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny bits and added the bits to her dough, expecting them to melt. Instead, they held their shape and softened to a delicate creamy texture. The resulting creation became very popular at the Inn. Soon, Ruth’s recipe was published in a Boston newspaper as well as other papers in the New England area." -- Source: Historic Marker, "History of TOLL HOUSE RESTAURANT". 
Adventurous? Try green chocolate chip cookies
for a St. Patrick's Day picnic or sweet.
"...As the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe became popular, sales of Nestlé's semi-sweet chocolate bar increased. Ruth sold the chocolate chip cookie recipe Andrew Nestle, who then provided her with a lifetime supply of Nestlé chocolate. Her cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was first published in 1936 by M. Barrows & Company, New York. The 1938 edition of the cookbook was the first to include the recipe "Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie" [later Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies] which rapidly became a favorite cookie in American homes." - Source: University of Florida website
Nestlé publishes the recipe of Ruth Graves Wakefield on the back of each Nestle Toll House chocolate package.

We'd love to know your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Better still, please share your best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with us via Facebook or Twitter @ZeiglerHouseInn

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