|Snow Day? Make chewy chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt - BOO-YAH! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Okay, so that's not completely true -- I wasn't totally Like A Boss about it because frankly, I was working over the weekend. A writing opportunity/deadline became available, to which I jumped at the chance, and that just meant it was Saturday Night Sadhorns, missing a party while everyone else got to eat lots of smoked pork shoulder and have drunken snowball fights until 3am. Clearly the best parts of my life are happening without me, but that's just how it goes. But I ain't mad, yo. I make the most of a situation with marmalade and cookies.
|Yep, it's Winter. Complete with Google Snow! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Being house-bound and eventually snow-bound was good fortune in disguise, as I could make sure our dear Indy was taken care of. She's still on chemotherapy meds, doing well on the stuff, but we still watch her like hawks for any changes and don't always feel comfortable leaving her for long periods of time because we are crazypeople. It was nice to see that look of incredulous "WTF" on Indy's face when she walked out onto a snow-covered patio, because to a dog, it must seem like magic when your yard goes from normal to totally blanketed in strange, non-smelling cold stuff.
|How the Pacific Northwest rolls when it snows. With lots of complaints - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|I cast thee out, Scurvy! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Marmalade done Wasabi-style, with thyme and blended smooth - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|I couldn't help but wonder... does SJP eat cookies? Probably not - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
It's the issue with SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker) on the cover, looking like someone who does not regularly indulge in carbs of any sort, but the issue was for Valentine's Day, so they had this whole section about making The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie. I had to read for myself what wisdom they had to impart and I was pleasantly surprised with the smart-cookie wisdom they were throwing down. They had collected several tips from bakers about dough preparation which was great. These were the nuggets of wisdom that I will carry with me until the end of my cookie-baking days:
- Rest the dough overnight. Not just an hour or two to let it firm up; tuck that dough in for the evening, tell it a bedtime story and let it have a good 5-8 hours, because the sugars will fully incorporate in the dough, giving it an almost caramel-crunch outer shell after it's baked.
- Don't skimp on the nuts. Unless you're allergic. Even if you don't like big chunks of nuts in a cookie, just chop them fine and incorporate them in with the chocolate chips/chunks. The extra oils from the nuts will produce a really moist dough. I used pecans, but walnuts are great, too.
- Bake at a higher temperature. Most recipes seem to stick with the tried-and-true 350 degrees, but the recipe I used said 375. Not a huge difference, but with baking I'm sure every little variance counts, and I wonder if the higher temperature helps develop that caramel-crunch after letting the dough rest.
So, I leave the final judgment in your hands over whether or not I did a Snow Day/Weekend Like. A. Boss. But I don't see you with chewy chocolate chip cookies in your hands...