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The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies.  Everyone.

Realtors will tell people trying to sell their homes to bake a couple right before a showing to increase the “homey” feeling for prospective buyers.

But I wasn’t interested in good chocolate chip cookies, because those are a dime a dozen.  Hell, you can go to the supermarket and get pre-made dough and turn out a good chocolate chip cookie.  I wanted great chocolate chip cookies, the kind that even chilled in the fridge would be delicious.

I thought I’d found The Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to end all chocolate chip cookie recipes after I read the writeup, and accompanying recipe, from the New York Times.  The recipe didn’t call for any weird or off the wall ingredients, but it did call for refrigerating the dough for at least 24 hours before baking.  That made the “hey Dad, I need to bring in cookies for school tomorrow” cookie baking frenzy (we’ve all been there) impossible.  However, they were, at the time, the best I’d made, the best I’d had, so I thought the quest was over.

Then I came across Cook’s Illustrated chocolate chip cookie recipe.  After making the first batch, and testing the results, there was a quick and bloodless coup in the Kingdom of Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a new king was crowned!  Long live the King! [continued after the jump...]

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Spiced Peach Muffins

Spiced Peach Muffins

I guess I forgot how good, and juicy, fresh peaches can be.  After a day of kayaking, I noticed a local farm stand selling peaches.  I stopped, got 2 peaches and got back in my car.

I thought it was a bit funny when the guy running the farm stand handed me my change and 2 paper towels.  As soon as I took a big bite out of the peach, and the peach juice started running down my chin, into my lap, it went from “HAHA…funny” to “Where in the hell did I put those paper towels he gave me?” [continued after the jump...]

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homemade graham crackers

homemade graham crackers

I made these as part of the January 2010 Daring Bakers challenge (they went into the Nanaimo bars).

The graham crackers were used in the making of the Nanaimo Bars, and until I made them, I never even gave a thought to making graham crackers, or even that you would/could do it.

An optional part of The Daring Baker’s challenge was to make these gluten-free, but I stuck with the ingredients (wheat flour) I had on hand.  Taste-wise, they are the same.
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