Dump Cookies

G and I had the grandson up on Thursday for cooking class. We had the best time. The guys invented the Dump Cookie. I don’t really get to do anything but watch. Once their creative juices start flowing, you want to just stay out of the way.

First they had to go to the store and buy dibs and dabs of everything. I tried to get a major close-up of the cookie so you could see there are cashews, cut-up Rolos, M & M’s, peanuts, chocolate chips. They went crazy.

First they make the dough:

  • 1 cup butter 
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4  cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup craisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and set rack in middle of oven.
  2. Cream butter.  Add the sugars and beat with the butter until smooth on medium speed. We totally beat it until it is incredibly creamy
  3. Add the eggs and beat on medium just until incorporated with butter and sugars, about 30 seconds.
  4. Turn the mixer off. Add the dry ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients on low until the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together.
  5. Hand mix the nuts, chips and craisins.
  6. Place large tablespoons on parchment on cookie sheets.
  7. Bake approximately 13 to 15 minutes.
  8. The cookies are done when the top is a bit golden and the bottom is also golden

*****from the Recipe Box:

We put anything we want in the dough; don’t let something as mundane as a recipe stop you.

This is your basic Tollhouse dough.

and remember what Dr. Seuss said: You have to be odd to be number one. Big Kiss, Lynn

Summer Coffee

It’s time for iced coffee.  I have all sorts of food and beverage rules for myself.  Drinking iced coffee comes with rules.  I can only drink it in summer, post Memorial Day.  I must have a straw, the cuter the better.  I don’t want whipped cream floating on top.  I really am full of idiosyncrasies. 

Most of the recipes on-line make huge quantities.  I don’t have storage for those quantities.  So, I start with ½ pound of coffee beans.  I only use Starbucks whole beans, preferably Sumatra.  I like to grind them myself in my handy KitchenAid Coffee Grinder.  I go for a very coarse grind, slightly above a medium.  This makes a huge difference when it comes to water absorption.

Put the beans in a large bowl.  Add 4 quarts water and give it a good stir.  Let this sit on the counter overnight, stirring occasionally.

The next day I get out my handy dandy strainer and line it with cheese cloth or an old t-shirt.  I run the coffee water mixture through the strainer into a clean bowl, trying to get as much of the coffee grinds out as I can.  I then transfer it to a large pitcher and store it in the refrigerator.

To make an iced coffee, I start with a large glass, preferably 20 ounces or so.  Snob alert:  I put in an ounce of whole milk for me and an ounce of heavy cream for G.  And yes, I do measure it out in a jigger.  If you like it sweeter like G and I do, now’s the time to add sugar or Splenda or whatever.  Give it a good stir.  Add at least half a glass of ice.  Next, 4 to 8 ounces or so of the coffee mixture.  Time for another good stir.  I serve this with a straw, just because I can.  Viola!  Your very own iced coffee.  You just saved yourself $5.00. Be sure and tell people what a coffee snob you are and how involved the process was and they will appreciate their beverage even more.  People are funny that way.

*****from the Recipe Box:

I like my coffee on the strong side, so adjust yours accordingly.

Last week, we had a 70 degree day, a 2 inches of hail day and enough rain to consider building an ark day. Hello summer in the Pacific NW!

I have a grandson who told me I was judgmental; he was right.

and remember: There are two rules in life: 1) Never give out all the information and 2)

Big kiss, Lynn

Egg Foo Young

My reticulating activator system has been working in high gear lately.  We all have one, but it’s like a Spidey sense, it’s not always tingling.  So what is it?  Say you just found out you are pregnant.   You go to the mall and you swear everyone you see is pregnant.  Or you get a Mohawk and it looks like everyone gets a Mohawk.  In my case, I heard someone mention Egg Foo Young and suddenly everywhere I looked, Egg Foo Young was being discussed.  Now for me, I take that as a sign from the gods I’m supposed to be making Egg Foo Young.

I used to make it fairly often.  Is it truly Chinese food?  I don’t think so, but it is fairly exotic if you’re used to ‘white Norwegian food’ like my family was growing up.  It’s also a good way to introduce different vegetables into a kid’s diet.  C the MP loved them.  They look sort of like pancakes so you’ve won that battle.  It’s not like the aliens have landed and want you to eat aardvark tails.  I’ve heard the recipe was developed in California during the Gold rush, in southern China to use up leftovers; you get the picture, no one knows for sure.

Bottom line, I like to use the ratio of 2 cups veggies, meat, etc. to 4 eggs.  This is the perfect ratio for me.

  • 4 eggs
  • 8 ounces fresh bean sprouts
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup cooked small shrimp or chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions

  1. Beat together the eggs, bean sprouts, green onions, shrimp, and garlic powder in a bowl until well-combined. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, and scoop about 1/2 cup of the egg mixture into the skillet to make a patty. Fry until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side, and repeat with the remaining egg mixture. Set the patties aside.
  2. Whisk together the chicken broth, cornstarch, sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the sauce simmers and thickens, about 5 minutes. Spoon the sauce over the patties.

*****  From the Recipe Box:

Easy fast dinner with plenty of protein and veggies.

and remember:  If you’re going to be weird, be confident about it.  Big kiss, Lynn

Bantha Balls

How excited are you? It’s time for “May the Force”. I could live to be 100 and I will still love Star Wars.

My boy JT is coming over to binge the movies with me. He’s taking the day off work, so you know it’s love on his part as well, if not for the movies at least for me.

G and I used to have big Star Wars celebrations with upwards of 40 people. Things have changed. It’s a big deal to come to the Island, especially when only one boat runs per hour. Damn you Covid.

This year it’s probably just going to be just the 3 of us, but we’ll have a good time regardless.

Right now, my menu includes:

Bantha Balls

Millennium Falcon Cake

Jabba the Hut Juice

The Bantha Balls recipe is pretty tame, but just picture the beast they came from.

2 pounds ground meat

2 cloves minced garlic

2 eggs

1 cup grated Parmesan

1 ½ tablespoons chopped parsley

S & P

1 ½ cups lukewarm water

Olive oil

½ cup panko or bread crumbs

Combine meat with garlic, parsley, cheese, eggs, S&P.

Blend in bread crumbs.

Slowly add water, ½ cup at a time.  The mixture should be very moist but hold its shape.  I use it all.

Form into meatballs.  And the easiest way to do that is to form the meatball mixture into a rectangle and cut it into squares.  You will get the exact number of meatballs you need and they will all be of equal size.

Fry in olive oil or bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes.

G is making the Millennium Falcon Cake. He’s not shared the recipe yet, so I’ll keep you posted.

The Jabba Juice is bottled and looks a lot like a Green River but is made by Jones Soda.

We’re starting with my favorite episode (A New Hope) of course. We’ll keep going from there. Pictures will be taken and there will be much laughter.

*****from the Recipe Box:

We used to have many dishes to chose from, but it’s hard to cook hors d’oeuvres for 3. C’est la vie.

and remember: If you love something, celebrate it, don’t apologize for the love. Life is short and it’s time to enjoy every minute of it. Big kiss, Lynn

Cheese, Please

Long ago, pre pandemic, G and I went to England. We both fell in love with it. One of the things we liked best were the cheese shops. There was one in the town of Bath that tempted us to come home, sell everything we owned and open a cheese shop here in western Washington.

At the time, you couldn’t find specialty cheese for love or money. We both love love love cheese, so I’ve been searching for one ever since. Yes, we have Tillamook and a fairly descent sharp cheddar, but I want more variety. We now have Beecher’s at Pike Place Market. I love watching them make the cheese in the front window. But, what was so prevalent in England, was knowledgeable staff. If you came in and ordered a Roquefort, they would ask if you’d tried a different blue.

I do not know my cheeses like I should. With the rise of the charcuterie plates, I need all the help I can get. I’ve started looking on the Island for cheese makers. G and I are still on lockdown to a certain extent, so we can’t go far. I’ve found a cheese maker specializing in sheep’s milk cheese. I’ve not tried it to my knowledge, but I like goat cheese. How different can it be? Well, I’ll know this weekend.

Glendale Shepherd is a cheese maker here on the Island specializing in sheep’s milk cheese. G and I are going to be taking a road trip to check it out.

*****from the Recipe Box:

What would you rather eat than cheese? Absolutely nothing.

Directions to the Whidbey Island farm:

After arriving on Whidbey Island via the Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry, travel north 1.5 miles on Highway 525. At the light, go south on Cultus Bay road for 3.5 miles, turn left on Glendale Road for 1.5 miles, turn right onto Roseberry for 400 feet and turn left and go through the Swanson Tree Farm gate. Stay to the right for ¾ mile (follow the signs) to Glendale Shepherd.

We thought it would be a little tangier like goat cheese, but it’s quite mild. The Blue was very good.

and remember: Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit. Big kiss, Lynn