Archive for March, 2008

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I fell to temptation

March 30, 2008

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…because what I really, really need is another time-sucking web site to visit.

(sigh)

Right, Carrie? 😉

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Just the right amount of cookies

March 13, 2008

I think I’ve found it — the holy grail of baking. (mine, anyways…)

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I do have quite a few chocolate chip cookie recipes that are Very Good, but they do all require softening of the butter. And I am a complete stickler when it comes to that — if the recipe calls for it, I must let the butter sit out on the counter for four hours. But sometimes you just want cookies NOW!

I did come across a chocolate chip bar cookie recipe that calls for melted butter instead of softened…and it is divine. But I still wanted a drop cookie recipe that didn’t call for softened butter. Finally it occurred to me that I could tweak the bar recipe — duh!

Dude. These are amazing.

This is a small recipe…just the right amount of cookies, if you’re anything like me and will eat all 24, 36, 48…whatever you make…in one sitting. I would guess this recipe makes about 16 cookies. So if you aren’t like me and don’t have concerns about devouring them in one sitting, feel free to double the recipe. I’m just not strong enough.

Quick Chocolate Chip Cookies

Combine in a small bowl and set aside:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a slightly larger bowl, mix:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter

then add:

1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Add as many chips as you like — I use the big ol’ Guittard milk chocolate chips, and I think I added almost a cup. You can either immediately scoop the dough onto cookie sheet with a large scoop, or you can roll it up in waxed paper and throw it in the fridge. If scooping, don’t flatten. If rolling refrigerated dough, just cut off thick slices to bake. Bake at 350F for about 12 minutes.

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Thursday Thirteen

March 6, 2008

I’ve got the gimmees today. It’ll pass…but until it does…13 things that I want, even though I Definitely Don’t Need Any More Stuff. In no particular order.

  1. serger
  2. food processor
  3. espresso machine
  4. wii
  5. a weekend somewhere it’s not sleeting, snowing, raining, or cold (hey! that’s not stuff!)
  6. telephoto lens
  7. macro lens
  8. dual-disk DVR
  9. nano
  10. built-in Bosch kitchen machine
  11. venti peppermint mocha
  12. chicken fajita burrito bol from Chipotle
  13. cake decorating lessons
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Vote for Jason Castro

March 4, 2008

I’ve never voted for anyone on American Idol – but I will tonight. . .

This is a great song by Brandon Heath – I’m not who I was – so chill – great to hear in the car.

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Potter Puppet Pals

March 3, 2008

This is what my son wants to do for his elementary talent show. . .