Stars Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Thanks to Emily Luchetti and her 20-year-old book, Stars Desserts.

Have on hand

  • Parchment paper
  • Strong hand mixer


  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F

Mix the egg whites at high speed until they just beginning to firm up, then add the sugar slowly as you continue mixing until stiff.

Fold in the remaining ingredients, but don’t mix them completely – streaks make better cookies.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then drop 3-tbsp globs of the mixture onto it and give them at least 1.5 inches of space between each glob.

Cook for 35 min, or until the top of the cookie is dry and a little firm. Cool for 5-10 min, and serve immediately.

As an alternative, try substituting the following for the chocolate chips, chocolate powder and vanilla:

  • The zest of 4-5 lemons, or;
  • 4-6 oz candied ginger, well chopped, or;
  • A combination of the two

Microsoft Should Just Adopt Android

If Amazon can build their own fork of Android and tie it to their own app store and download offerings, why can’t Microsoft?

Microsoft could apply their Metro UI if they wanted to, tie it to their own services, development tools and Windows 8, then offer their version of Android to all handset makers as WP8.

They’d get 300,000 Android apps for the new “Windows Phone”, and handset makers could escape the $5-10/unit licensing royalties they currently pay Microsoft for Google’s versions of Android.

Crazy?  No crazier than spending hundreds of millions (at least) on the doomed WP7.  And it would hit Google right where they live.