On May 16, 1975, MaryEllen married her first love, Mitch. Their marriage is special, but how they met is right out of a movie! 
On a Fall day in Myrtle Beach, 1974, MaryEllen made her famous chocolate chip cookies for some friends. She took those cookies to the friends' house just to find that they weren't home. So, she decided, in a random act of kindness to lay them on the neighbor's front stoop instead. That neighbor just so happened to be Mitch. Mitch was so overwhelmed by how delicious the cookies were he had to find out who made them. He learned that Ms. MaryEllen made them, asked her to dinner on Oct. 29, and the rest, as they say, is history. 
They were married only 199 days after their first date! In 41 years of marriage MaryEllen and Mitch have had many special memories. One occurred in 1998 when Mitch submitted their love story to our local newspaper, The Seneca Journal. It was published on Valentine's Day of that year. A surprise, public love letter to his "everlasting Valentine."

This Valentine's Day we've got a sweet treat for all of y'all. Mamma MaryEllen's secret Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. With a little practice and always remembering to overdo it with the chocolate chips, it's guaranteed to bring you love at first bite!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:

2 1/4 all Purpose Flour
1 tsp baking soda
t tsp salt
3/4 c reg Crisco shortening
1/4 c butter or butter flavored shortening
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 c light brown sugar ( or 3/4 c light brown sugar, 1/4 c dark brown sugar)
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 - 12oz bags of tollhouse chocolate chips. Some may be dark. More than two bags can be added.
Add nuts if you want.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 if gas. 
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Sit aside. Put shortening/butter, both sugar, & vanilla in mixer. Mix on low till all mixed. Then turn up to medium and mix about 20 minuetes scrapping several times. Turn mixer to low. Add eggs one at a time, mixing just till blended in. Do not over mix. Add flour mixture while on low just mixing till blended eac time. Scrapping each time flour is added, usually 3 times. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!