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Weekend baking…

5 Apr

After working all week, I can’t think of anything more relaxing (and fun!) than spending the weekend in the kitchen, mixing up something delicious.  Unfortunately, though, sometimes life interferes.   Like, say, life in the form of throwing a final four watching party, volunteering at your CSA’s farm stand at the year’s first farm market, running innumerable errands, and weeding and composting the whole garden.  Which means that your relaxing cooking time, while never given up entirely, is squeezed into a smaller window.

Lemon-Sugar Crusted Blueberry Muffins

Lemon-Sugar Crusted Blueberry Muffins

Say, early Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Before the rest of the craziness descends.  But it can still yield deliciousness.  Especially when you’ve just received your latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated.  And even more so when said issue includes recipes for what it terms the *best* Blueberry Muffins and the *perfect* Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Browned Butter

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Browned Butter

Yum.

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Salted Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

13 Mar

I have this *thing* about desserts.  I mean, they’re fine.  I like them and all.  Oh, and I won’t deny that if you put out a plate of cookies and turn around for a few minutes, I’ll devour some of them.  But.  If there’s a way to have a savory-sweet dessert?  SIGN ME UP!  I love them.  And, this cookie definitely fits that bill.

Salted Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

Unfortunately, this isn’t my own recipe.  If you want to try it, and I would definitely recommend it(!), I pilfered the recipe for Ginger Oatmeal Cookies from Cook’s Illustrated (recipe linked if you have an account).  If not, I am sure you could try any oatmeal cookie recipe, and add some ginger!   But, the salt is my own addition.  There’s a fabulous tea place in DC, Teasim, that has to-die-for Salted Oatmeal Cookies.  And, in remembrance of them, I rolled the cookies in maldon sea salt before baking.  Which I think was a good thing, as the cookie itself is a bit more sweet than I would care for.  But, the chewiness level of the cookies, with a heady hint of ginger, is wonderful, and with the addition of salt, the cookies are absolutely perfect.  Try them, and see!