Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Happy S'more's Day!

Remember the other day when we went meandering through the flower garden for Friendship Day?

I told you I bought a new gazebo for when the kids came to visit. Well, I also bought my first ever gas grill too!!! Oh it isn't like I haven't barbecued before. I have. When I lived in Westhampton, I use to barbecue on the beach all the time with a charcoal grill. Since moving to PA, I thought it was high time I try my luck at cooking on a gas grill. The verdict is still out...
In the more than capable hands of my daughter and grandchildren, I recieved my very first gas grilling lesson; S'mores!
The origin of S'mores dates back to the 1920's. It's believed the recipe was first discovered by Girl Scouts. S'more folklore suggests that the S'more got its name right by the campfire. After eating one, young kids chanted "gimme some more!" The first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the Girl Scout Handbook of 1927. Girl Scouts of Kentucky

Let's face it, some people just don't warm up to S'mores the way others do. Take Noah for instance. That grandson of mine would rather play with his water gun than partake in an over the top toasted marshmallow sandwich.

I have a sneaky suspicion he would reconsider after feasting his big brown eyes on one of these Marguerites. Any peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff fans out there? I know of one at least. His name begins with a T.

As I was preparing these for a picture, Marion wandered into the kitchen for an ice cream cone. When she took a look at what I was concocting, she did away with the ice cream and patiently waited in the kitchen with me until we "burned" a few marshmallows. She decided she wanted an Andes chocolate hidden inside hers "just for fun." It's the one in the middle: They may not look appetizing but they sure make up for it once you get a mouth full of that gooey marshmallow, salty Ritz and the smooth warm taste of the peanut butter. The hint of peppermint from the Andes leaves a surprising after taste. She said she was happy with her decision:) I, on the other hand, did not like it at all!
"...A forerunner of S'mores, called Marguerites, was one dainty sweet suitable for ladies' luncheons or teas [1930s] Although recipes varied, the basic Marguerite was a graham cracker or crisp cookie topped with a marshmallow, which was then put under the broiler for a few minutes until the marshmallow softened and browned. These were even more appealing if a bit of candied cherry was placed in the center of each as they came from the oven...Sylvia Lovegren Fashionable Food p. 42.

Let me back track for a moment for those of you who may never have "met" a S'more. Thanks to the "magic" of wiki, I have a tantalizing image for you to oogle.

"...If you're not familiar with s'mores, they are made by sandwiching a toasted marshmallow and a piece of chocolate in between two graham crackers. The name of the treat comes from the two words "some more," clearly combined because people often wanted to have at least a second serving after having one s'more. The treat was developed by campers in the early part of the 20th century, making use of the fairly new mass-produced marshmallows. Marshmallows were easy to transport, as were candy bars and graham crackers, and the marshmallows could be warmed easily over a fire to make a delicious treat in a situation where other types of sweets would have been difficult to come by..." (The history of... s'mores @ Slashfood )

Personally, I think of S'mores as a gooey state of mind. The perfect retreat to carefree childhood days of yore smothered in marshmallow goodness. Although the ingredients remain the same, graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, the versatility of the combination are many. I've left a few recipe link variations below.

S'mores are fun too! They're fun to make, fun to eat and IMHO the very best way to heat up S'more Love. (not to mention a pretty simple way to get introduced to gas grilling:) Don't you worry though, charcoal grills and broilers work just as well:)

Michele and the kids have returned home since my gas grilling lesson and I have been left to fend for myself:( Not to worry though, I bought a new gadget for the gas grill; a rotisserie! Brave soul aren't I? I can definitely see a rotisserie post in my future. For now, you will have to take my word (and image) for it.

I've been living it up for National Coffee Month! That "baby" above is my very first attempt at two things, cooking with a rotisserie and using ground coffee and spices as the ingredient rub. (oh I used a bit of brown sugar too:) There just so happens to be a story connected with this meal, which for now is going to have to sit on the back burner. And as for my gas grill, well let me tell you, we have become best "buds."

Believe me, I know how much some of you want a nibble at that pork roast, and believe me, you have every reason to. However, this post is in celebration of National S'more Day and S'mores it is.
S'mores on a Stick

Just in case you're still recuperating from celebrating National Rice Pudding Day yesterday, consider saving this next recipe for National Marshmallow Toasting Day which just so happens to be August 30th. August may not have many goodies to celebrate but boy oh boy, it sure is full of fluff!!! Enjoy S'mores Day Everyone!!!
S'more Muffins

As for me, I'm fixed on celebrating National S'more's Day with one of these beauties provided my none other than Janet from Dying for Chocolate!

1. S'moremania and the Magic of Marshmallows
2. S'mores: Candy Bars & Truffles
3. S’mores Ice Cream Terrine
4. S'mores Biscotti
5. S'more Cookie Bars @ One Crazy Cookie