So yeah...despite the fact that in *real life* I am a slave to routine -- and when I say "slave to routine" I mean I am not a slave to anyone or anything (wait - isn't that a Britney song?) but rather I am merely excessively OCD and I live for order and control because life is so chaotic anyways on its own that when I can take charge of a situation and WHIP IT INTO SHAPE I do. Because there is so much that is OUT OF MY CONTROL so I control the things I can and what this translates to is routine and obsessive cleaning around the house. Ok - pausing to take a breath (and realizing that despite being in paragraph #1 this is filed under "posts that get away from me" because Holy Non Sequitor Batman!). Phew. Trying again.
I had a point. And my point was while in real life I like the rhythm of having routines, my blog is a wee bit more chaotic. Which is how I like it. I write what I want, when I want, and there's no schedule or regular posts. Until now. Maybe I was inspired by my awesome friend Karen and her totally awesome blog Miscellaneous Yammerings (BTW dontcha just love a girl who uses the word yammer??). Karen has "Ten Question Tuesday" and "Fake News Friday" and "Steal It Saturday" and so the point is, a few days a week, you know (kinda sorta) what to expect. And then other days are a free for all.
Anyways after writing about the tomato sauce and tomato pap yesterday, I realized a few things:
1) I love to write
2) I love to cook
3) I love to write about cooking
4) I have a cookbook/memoir in progress
5a) Sometimes it's hard to come up with things to post and/or
5b) Sometimes I am so busy I don't have time to post the way I want
AND OMG...WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?
Duh...(slaps herself repeatedly in the
I think there's more in the above list but before I write an entire novel without actually saying anything, let me get to the point. Trying a new thing called Recipe Wednesdays. I know - there's no alliteration and I am sure I could come up with a more clever title if I weren't so flipping bone-tired-to-my-very-core and OMG...another epiphany but this one will have to wait.
So here's the deal. I'll try to post recipes on Wednesdays. Sometimes mine. Sometimes other peoples (and no I don't know where the bloody apostrophe goes so I am leaving it out - call the flipping grammar police). And there may or may not be a story to go with it (as opposed to today where you have me R*A*M*B*L*I*N*G) and it'll be awesome and these recipes will change your life and do you really need any more reasons?
So yeah. Recipe Wednesday. And the first recipe is...Mini Chocolate Walnut Crispies
My secret desire is to dethrone Mrs. Fields. Although she may be in bankruptcy. I'm not sure. So maybe I want to dethrone Famous Amos. Or Oreo. Whatevs. I am a Cookie Queen. And while my signature specialty is my world-famous, totally secret Quattro Chip cookie - I can't publish the recipe. Otherwise I'd have to kill me and that would kind of suck. So in its stead (hah - fancy vocab to make up for apocalyptic grammar) I am sharing with you my recipe for Mini Chocolate Walnut Crispies which is one one of the FIRST EVER cookie recipes I ever CREATED. Yes peeps - this is MY RECIPE. Not off of a bag of chips. Not out of a cookbook. It's me. All ME.
AND...as for that second epiphany...because I am oh so generous...while I won't share the Quattro Chip recipe, I will share the quattro chips. Post a comment with a better title than "Recipe Wednesday" and the winner with the *BEST* title (totally discretionary of course cuz that's how we roll around these parts) will receive a dozen homemade Quattro Chips. PS I am not married to Wednesdays. If another day of the week works better/is funnier (like the letter "K" - did you know that "K" is the funniest letter of the alphabet? Seriously.), go with it. Just not Sunday. Cuz that day is already spoken for.
Ok. Now to the actual recipe:
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
7 Tbsp. light brown sugar
3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp. heavy cream
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
½ large egg (I cracked the egg in a bowl, beat it lightly and then added half)
⅞ cup of unbleached all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
⅜ tsp. baking soda
2 oz. high grade semi-sweet chocolate (not chips)
1 small box rice cereal (I used a mini box of Special K – not sure exactly how many ounces)
¼ cup chopped walnuts
1. Pre-heat over to 350º
2. Combine the butter, light brown sugar, dark brown sugar, cream and vanilla in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
3. Beat the egg into the creamed mixture.
4. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda together and sift into another bowl.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture in small batches, beating on a low speed so as not to overmix the dough.
6. Combine the nuts and cereal and chop finely (I like using an electric chopper).
7. Finely chop the chocolate by hand –it should almost look like little threads.
8. Add the chocolate and the nut/rice mixture to the dough. Fold in gently by hand.
9. Drop the cookie dough onto ungreased cookie sheets – I used the small end of a melon baller.
10. Bake for about 7 minutes, turning halfway through.
11. The cookies will come out very soft. Let them rest on the sheet for 3 –5 minutes before gently removing them with a spatula and placing them on a rack to cool. The cookies will harden as they cool.
And if that ain't D.LISHISHLY country, I'll kiss your...
PS So confession. I haven't made these in 100 years and it's been even longer since I tested the recipe. If they suck - don't blame me.
PPS I promise future recipes will be more thoroughly vetted/tested. Maybe. Depends on how much time/mental energy I have.
PPPS If you do decide to make these, please tell me how they come out.
PPPPS Also, if you do decide to make these, they really are mini. They are tiny. Dainty. Petite. Don't worry - you didn't screw up.
PPPPPS Now I am totally craving a cookie. Fuck.
PPPPPS AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH. My no cursing attempts were foiled by Cookie Monster. Evil blue bunny. But really, while "flipping" is a great substitute for The-cuss-word-which-shall-not-be-named (it's like Voldemort), "flip" is not a great substitute for...well...for what I said. I suppose I could have said "fudge." Yep. Now I am totally craving a cookie. Fudge.
PPPPPPS Now I am totally craving fudge. Flip.