May 20th, 2008
I have been learning a little bit about what the “Slow Food” (as opposed to fast food) movement is lately. To my surprise Corvallis, Oregon (where I reside) is starting a chapter. Attached is a poster inviting you to the kick-off event for the chapter. The event can also be found on the Slow Food USA event website (Look under June).
May 18th, 2008
The other night my wife declared “I need some chocolate decadence!” That was when I knew I had to get to work. We had both been craving chocolate chip cookies lately so I got out the recipe. These chocolate chip cookies come from an article we cut out of the Oregonian a year or so ago because my wife was trying to figure out how to make chewy, melt-in-your-mouth, decadent chocolate chip cookies. At long last, this recipe is the end-all of this famous morsel. I baked them for about nine minutes which was probably about one minute too short. Due to this, the centers were soft, but I thought I had reached heaven every time I bit into one.
I think the brown sugar (more moist than white sugar) and cold butter and eggs make the difference when compared to other recipes. When you beat the butter and it is cold, try chopping it into smaller pieces in order to blend it easier. Needless to say, my wife loved them! I even snuck in some whole-wheat flour so it didn’t feel all bad eating these!
I REALLY hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I’d quickly like to announce that I am joining the FoodBuzz Featured Publisher Program. I’m excited to have some new readers enjoying what I cook, so, welcome! Here’s what I did:
- 1 and 1/2 cups of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup of cold unsalted butter
- 3 cold eggs
- 2 cups of regular flour
- 1/2 cup of whole-wheat flour
- 3 cups of quality chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch (up to 1 teaspoon) of fine sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit
- Beat the butter and brown sugar together until it is fluffy
- Beat in the cold eggs until well combined
- Mix in the vanilla
- Then mix in each of the flours, baking soda and the salt but only just until combined.
- Gently stir in (with a wooden spoon) the chocolate chips
- Spoon out by the tablespoon full (larger or smaller according to your taste) onto a greased cookie sheet with at least two inches between each cookie
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes
- Remove from tray immediately and cool on a cooling rack then serve with a big glass of milk and go to heaven!
I hope you enjoy them!