I adore Katharine Ashe because she’s the sort of hip, cool chick who writes her own rules. And she is as much a smart aleck as I am–maybe more so. Love that in a person. Hope you get to like her as well! Here are Five Things about Katharine Ashe:
1) Favorite indulgence: Champagne. Admittedly, this may not come as a surprise to many.
EB: See what I mean? Her cookie obsession is legendary and fills her Twitter feed. Guaranteed to make you hungry all day long.
3) Most played song on your iPod: Lately I’ve been listening to the playlist I made while writing In the Arms of a Marquess. Tyler Hilton’s “You’ll Ask For Me” turns me inside out with longing.
4) Coolest celeb you’ve ever met–other than me: There is no ‘other than you’. But if you insist… It has to be LL Cool J. I was checking him into the luxury hotel I worked at where all the Earth Day celebrities were staying that year, and he called me “Baby.”
5) Best advice your mother/grandmother/ cool funky aunt/sister/ college roommate gave you about men: No one ever gave me the advice, “Yes, dear, kiss all the men you like,” so I pretty much never listened to any of it.
Katharine Ashe’s new book, In the Arms of a Marquess, is available now. Which is good news for those us looking for an extra book for Labor Day weekend. Find out all things Katharine, at her website, www.katharineashe.com–and make sure to check out her Extras page. She can also be found waxing poetic and smartly over at The Ballroom Blog.
Good morning! Two quick things:
It is not possible to be more of a smart aleck than Elizabeth Boyle (though I appreciate the compliment).
As to tweeting about cookies: All will be assimilated.
Thank you for having me here today, Elizabeth. What fun!
Can’ wait for the book. I absolutley love tollhouse too. You should try using them in making fudge. Absolutely fabulous.
Oh my lord, Ora. A new delight I haven’t yet tried! I don’t suppose you have a recipe you’d recommend…?
5 oz evaporated milk
3 cups sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tsp vanilla
8 oz marshmellows
8 oz nuts (optional)
Grease 8 X 8 pan set aside
Combine milk, sugar and butter in large sauce pan on medium low heat. Constantly stir until it reaches 234 degrees. If you do not have a candy themometer, let boil for 5 minutes after it reaches a full boil. Remove from heat, add vanilla and semi sweet chocolates chips, mix until melted then add marshmellows and nuts. Mix well and pour into pan and let cool. If you want o eat it sooner, after it is comfortable to touch without hot pads, put in refrigerator or freezer for a short time.
It is sometimes easier to do a double batch so you don’t have any left over marshmellows. Oh I have only found 16 ounce bags of marshmellows at WalMart.
If you decide to use peanut butter chips (10 oz bags) reduce milk by 1 ounce.
Oh, yay! Thank you!
Lisa, I would make some and send them to you, but they’re never as good after the first day! If you’re ever in my part of NC, you must let me know and I will bake cookies for you that day.
Oh yes! Reading and eating chocolate chip cookies. What more could one ask for? Oh yes – maybe a glass of champagne to go with it! Ahhh….
A woman after my own heart, Connie!
Ditto on the “Best advice…about men” Katharine! But here is my advice, that I tend to give freely…even if it is unsolicited, it’s free nonetheless! Here goes…
Julie’s best advice about men: Read all the romance novels you can – Because your standards will get higher!
@ Lisa H. – I love baking too! With cookies, as tempting as it is, don’t over mix. Note: as soon as the flour is incorporated ….stop mixing! LOL :o)
Oh, I do like that advice, Julie. Most, most excellent (unsolicited and free) advice!
I loved reading your Five Things, Katharine! I too am a fan of champagne, and white wine in general.
I love the Entenmann’s soft baked chocolate chip cookies. So soft and gooey and yummy. Darn, now I’m craving some! lol In fact, when I was in college, there was one dining common where they had fresh baked cookies every day-chocolate chip, M&Ms, peanut butter, sugar cookies. It was heaven!
Lisa, yum! I gained about 15 pounds freshman year because in the basement of my dorm they sold both Peperidge Farm and Grandma’s Cookies! Oh, and there was also the beer, I suppose.
Once, when I tweeted about Entenmann’s, Entenmann’s tweeted me back! That was a great day indeed. Also the day that Nestle tweeted me back was a great one. (I didn’t tell them I was using Ghirardelli chips that day. I thought it’d be rude, LOL.)
Scharffen Berger Chocolate once tweeted me but only to let me know that they no longer have factory tours. It was a sad, sad day.
Sad day, indeed! I weep with you. In retrospect, of course.
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