Friday, May 23, 2008

High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies if you live at high altitude. We're at 7000' and most cookie recipes turn out flat and crispy here. This one makes nice soft cookies. The original recipe calls for 2/3 C butter, but I use only 1/2 C and it's fine. Also I usually use all whole wheat flour.

And, uh, just as a warning, recent experience tells me that if you eat too much raw cookie dough, though it will radically fulfil your need for a sugar fix, it will make the baked cookies sadly-not-as-appealing.

High Altitude Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pre-heat oven to 375f

1/2 C Butter
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 tsp Vanilla
1 3/4 C Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
Chocolate Chips
Nuts (optional)

Beat together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. In a seperate bowl combine flour baking soda and salt. Blend dry ingredients with wet and add in chocolate chip (and nuts if you're adding them). Form balls of dough about two inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

Make coffee.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy Bread

I left bread to rise and when I got home I found it smiling at me! Nice Husby.

We live at 7000' elevation so baking can be wonky. I'm a total novice when it comes to bread baking, but this high altitude bread recipe came out alright. In fact I have no pictures of the finished bread because it was gobbled up before I remembered. I've been in a slump (with the whole Big Organizing Goal and yet still teething baby and fast-growing-up-and-needing-moms-help-to-do-so three year old. You know.) So what do I do when I have no solutions and don't know what to do? Usually...I bake something, and truly as I was smelling fresh baked bread things just started to turn in my favor again, or it smelt that way. The bread was a bit dense and benefited greatly from the slathering on of butter (but then what doesn't?) The best part though, was that James invited me into his secret fort to eat some with him while Leland napped, and we sat in the tiny cozy interior and ate warm bread with jam and butter together and whispered about how we loved it.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Menu Planning for the Sleep Deprived

I'm a bit (a bit- hahahaha, more than a bit) tired today. Did NOT want to up and go to the grocery store. So I was very pleased to find out about this site today: SuperCook (thanks to Crystal at Money Saving Mom) In no time I had over 1000 recipes available to me that I can make from what I've got on hand; I'm making Inside out Ravioli tonight.

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