Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Cooking with Wes, #1
I had the distinct pleasure of cooking with my 13 year old friend Wes yesterday. Wes was here working with Greg, learning the basics of how to use a cutting tool on shearling while I was getting ready to have a going away dinner for a friend last night. He got bored with cutting fabric out and so came down right when I discovered that I didn't have enough flour to make chocolate chip cookies. I sat him down and told him that when he wanted to make something, but didn't have the right ingredients, there is always something hidden in the cupboards that will be a fine replacement. So today, we made oatmeal milk chocolate chip cookies! My other word of advice to Wes was to always use milk chocolate chips, Ghirardelli if possible. The chips are bigger and richer and one doesn't need to eat too many to feel satisfied. I put Wes in charge of the chips (bad idea) and also the placement of the cookie dough on the cookie sheets (he got better as time went on) My cookie recipe is below:
2 sticks butter (melted)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2/3rds cup flour
1 1/2 cup-2 cups quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 pkg Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
Combine the butter and sugar and then add the egg yolk. Sift together dry ingredients and add to butter mix, combine and then add vanilla and chips.
spoon onto cookie trays and place in 350 degree oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until done. Cool and eat....mmmmmmm
What I did was make chipwiches with vanilla ice cream and two cookies. Its very elegant and rustic thing to serve on a cold night.
I saw Wes's mom today and she told me that Wes refuses to buy anything but Shirardelli milk chocolate chips for their cookies anymore.....another successful work is done on this project!

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