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Years and years ago, I got a chocolate-chip cookie recipe from the back of a Crisco can. And for years and years, from making it, I knew it by heart. Sadly, I can only recall half the measurements. Searching online resulted in some similar recipes, but not the one I wanted.
I decided to try the current recipe on the Crisco can, except I replaced all purpose flour with bread flour, taking that from an Alton Brown recipe, and refrigerated the dough for a couple o’hours before baking.
Normally, in baking I’m not adventurous, but the batch turned out much better than expected, and my husband swears they are the best cookies I’ve ever made.
I’ve been feeling super blah lately, from work and personal stuff, but chocolate-chip cookies are my all-time favorite cookies. Possibly my favorite dessert. There’s nothing better than whipping up a batch to chase away the blues.
Plus, I get to eat cookie dough. Life doesn’t get much better than homemade cookie dough. 🙂


Piiiiiigs! and the Rice Dilemma

Second in line, first in topic. So my husband and I cannot, and I mean *cannot* cook rice perfectly for anything. Years ago we gave up cooking ‘real’ rice and went for the minute rice. I don’t know what it is. I follow the instructions and it all goes wrong. Tonight we made saffron rice, and from the last few times we’ve made it, I knew to add an additional cup of water. Liquid boils, add rice, simmer for 20 minutes. Easy-peasy. Right? Not so much.  After 20-something minutes and all the liquid simmering out, the rice was still a little crunchy, so I boiled a cup of water in the microwave and added that. Finally, after about 35 minutes, the rice was finished. No longer crunchy. Tim called it watery, but I prefer to think it has a creamy texture. Either way, we got delicious rice for burritos night.

Making slight progress on my reading this week, I was reading a chapter of Last Argument of Kings and the character Glotka takes a meeting in a slaughterhouse. Filled with pigs. I immediately thought, ‘Never trust a pig farmer’, thanks to Guy Ritchie and Snatch. When the sentence, “You know, these things will eat anything.” came around, I laughed and laughed. This resulted in quoting that to my husband, leading us to quoting various lines from the movie Snatch and then watching Snatch, where we spent another 2 hours quoting the movie during the movie. So thanks, Joe Abercrombie, for the laughable pigs and another viewing of a favorite movie. I do love Guy Ritchie, so I’ll leave you with a quote from said film. 🙂

Avi: Why do they call him the Bullet-Dodger?

Bullet Tooth Tony: ‘Cause he dodges bullets, Avi.


Marriage: Entertaining the masses since the dawn of time.

Tim: Okay, go ahead and get the peanuts while we are here.

(woman in the grocery aisle looks at us)

Me: Okay. I’m getting the unsalted because with the soy sauce, it’s just too much salt.

(woman chuckles)

Tim: (Makes annoyed sound) So you say.

Me: So I know.

(Woman laughs)

Thanks folks. We’ll be here all hour and remember to tip your baggers.


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