“Take your Child to Work Day” isn’t exactly what Jack Taylor and Melanie Parker had in mind when they woke up in the morning. But when Maggie and Sammy miss their school field trip, it’s up to their parents to get through the day smoothly. With Maggie’s tendency to wander and Sammy’s strange desire to put objects up his nose, babysitting in busy New York City won’t be easy.
Melanie is a single mother and working architect. Jack is a semi-famous newspaper columnist struggling for a liable story. Both divorced and working full-time, they will somehow have to divide up the day by taking turns watching the kids. Despite their efforts to keep Maggie and Sammy’s presence on the down low, it’s one catastrophe after another, putting a major damper on their day—and possibly careers.
Throughout the day Jack and Melanie project their negative stereotypes of ex-spouses on each other, Melanie’s ex-husband being a drummer in a touring rock band and Jack’s ex-wife an uptight control freak. But no matter how much they try to hate each other, even their 6-year-old children can see what’s really going on.
If there’s one thing to take away from this movie, it’s how awesome their chocolate sundaes look when Melanie takes the youngsters out for an afternoon snack. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s a frozen chocolate explosion.
Chocolate Sundae Recipe
by Chef John Christenson
- 1 package pre-packaged brownie squares-about 20 2inch cubes
- 1 Gallon of Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1 Cup chopped Walnuts
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Heavy Cream
- ½ cup Dark Chocolate-Chopped
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- Preheat oven to 350. Start by melting 4 tablespoons Butter and Brown Sugar in a small saucepot on medium low heat. Whisk the mixture until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in ¼ cup of cream and the chili powder. Fold in the chopped Walnuts and pour onto a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes, remove and cool the Walnuts. They should be pliable and separate fairly easily.
- Heat a medium size sauce pot with a quarter of water. Bring to a low boil. In a metal bowl toss in the Chocolate and 2 tablespoons Butter. Set the bowl on top of the pot of boiling water; temper the chocolate by gradually whisking the mixture until the butter and chocolate is incorporated. Remove from heat and pour in ¼ cup of cream. Whisk together the mix and keep at room temperature.
- Microwave the brownies in a bowl of your choice, scoop on the Ice Cream, drizzle with the melted Chocolate, sprinkle on the Candied Walnuts. Pig out! Enjoy.
Cooking time: 15 minutes. – Servings: 2-6. – Back to Top