One night a week— for the past two summers, Larisa Smultnicky and her three children have ventured out into their backyard for a real close-encounters-of-the-third-kind education. They search the terrain of their huge yard to wait for information from a frog.
This particular frog, whom they lovingly refer to as “Queenie,” does not croak or chirp. Queenie talks. And when Queenie talks, Larisa and her kids listen. According to Larisa, Queenie is an alien life form from “Gupcoa,” an amphibian planet that exists in Earth’s atmosphere. As an ethereal planet — it exists in the “in-between” of Earth and air.
Queenie is particularly concerned about the decrease in amphibian live births on Earth. According to Queenie, the overuse of the microwave oven is the main problem. Reportedly, the radiation that microwaves emit is destroying Queenie’s earthling cousins. Queenie says, “There is a direct correlation between amphibian life and human life. If the amphibians die out, humans are next.” That’s why she has been telling as many humans as possible to throw out those microwaves.
Last week, Queenie provided Larisa with a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to share with neighbors and friends. According to Queenie, “It’s time for some good old fashioned baking. It just might help save the planet.”
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter, unsalted
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter. Add light and dark brown sugar and egg. Add vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in chocolate. Scoop out with a tablespoon. Roll in 1/4 cup sugar. Chill for 20 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Makes 24 cookies (or 12 large size).