Saturday, October 07, 2006

Oops! I screwed up again

Whole Wheat Cookies
Amish Cooking Copyright 1980

2 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons soda I accidentally also added the same amount of baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ cups sour milk
2 eggs
½ cup melted butter
¼ cup molasses
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chocolate bits

Measure out the flours, sugar, soda and salt, and mix them together. Make a well and add the milk, eggs, butter, molasses and vanilla. Beat this mixture well and stir in the chocolate bits. Drop the batter by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake it at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes or until done.

I'm not sure why but after I added the baking soda to this recipe, I added baking powder. I was making these cookies on the fly and halving the recipe so I guess the situation was ripe for making a mistake. They still turned out very delicious but they had the texture of cake. I thought they smelled great too. Oh, I got 2 dozen cookies out of half of this recipe, using my big scoop.

This is the worst kind of mistake though. I have no idea what the texture of these cookies should be so I'll have to make another batch, doing it right, someday.

I have a few smaller Amish cookbooks but none are as extensive as this one from my local library. This one even has a recipe for homemade grape-nuts! The Amish can make anything.

I scored a few early food-related birthday presents this weekend. I finally got one of the few small appliances that I don't already own, a waffle iron. I'll need to christen that soon. And I got my own personal copy of America's Test Kitchen's Family Cookbook, which I had previously checked out of the local library and enjoyed. I also got a cookbook holder (can you believe I didn't own one?!) but it's defective in it's design so I may take it back.

Everyone can relax - I heard from the September cookbook giveaway winner and I have her address. Don't forget to check out October's giveaway. It's a very heavy book so I'll have to limit it to US mailing addresses again. Next month, I will definitely try to find a book that I can afford to mail internationally.

How about a quick restaurant review? My parents took us to Denny's and I actually liked the food. It's casual food, of course, but they had a nice variety of foods on the menu. The kid's menu was great too. I had a cheesesteak that was pretty awesome (for Denny's). I thought, why don't we go to Denny's more often? Well, probably because the service was horrible! We had to wait for a table even though the restaurant was practically empty (it was around 3pm on a Sunday afternoon). They had signs plastered all over with a space age looking child's cup on it but when I ordered one for my son, I was told they didn't have any in stock. The child's meal came last, several minutes after the adults were served. The waitress never came back until we were done with our food. They had pecan pie and pumpkin pie pictured on all of the placemats but when my husband tried to order a slice of pumpkin pie, the waitress returned from the kitchen and told him that they had the pumpkin pie but it was still frozen. Oh well, for once I didn't have to worry about what a bad tip my dad probably left. (He's not really 'cheap' but he's in his late 70s and he calculates his tips with a rather vintage percentage.)

A Blast From the Past: Remember those flat Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies? Someone told me that they aren't as flat if you use margarine. I think they'll taste great either way. I need to try those again. So many cookies, so little room for cookies in my diet.

Question of the Day: Can you give me a little review of your last restaurant experience?


Unknown said...

These cookies look like they could be interesting. I remember those whole wheat sugar cookies. They were really good.

I went to Up the Creek last Monday with my mom. I always enjoy it but they have changed their menu and I like it better. Mama got a blackened salmon salad with balsamic strawberry vinegarette. I got tilapia in parchment paper (I know that's not what it's called, but I can't remember the right name!) with wild rice and veggies (squash, carrots, and broccoli) with sundried tomato sauce. It was SOOOO goood! The only problem was it was a little slow. 20 seconds before we placed our order, a family of like 10 placed theirs. Oh well. Definitely will go back! Healthy and delicious food you cannot beat! It gives good leftovers, too!

ThursdayNext said...

I went to Wu Liang Ye the other evening in New York City - Szechuan. I had jellyfish salad (delish), squid with pork (squid was too rubbery), tea steamed beef (delish), and sauteed green beans. We did this all family style. The service was quite good this time. A year ago it was very slow.

Anonymous said...

We went to Nikki's Restaurant when we were visiting Onslow last week. It is a predominantly seafood restaurant right on the foreshore. Service was pretty much what you'd expect from a town on 600 people - we were not locals and were not treated as such LOL! The kids played up, the food was super yummy in parts and just okay in others but it was such a treat to be both on holiday and dining out that I didn't care! I even had dessert - and made the kids wait while I finished it, ALL of it!

Anonymous said...

Does a Chinese buffet count as a "restaurant experience"? LOL!
I love it anyway, and you can't beat service that you youself are providing! The food was good and the server was there with the iced tea refills - so, thumbs up!