Photo Updates

I know, I know… I’ve been away again…I’ve been missing in action.

Here are some photos to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to during this blog silence…  I will post something more interesting at a later time with stories to coordinate with the pictures!

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Wood Plank Grilled Black Sea Bass
for Father’s Day

wood plank grilled fish

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Linguini in an Aglio Olio & White Wine Sauce
(lots of garlic, onion, kidney beans, tomatoes, capers,
yogurt, extra virgin olive oil, butter, herbs)

agli olio pasta 2

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Soy Sauce & Rice Wine Poached Striped Bass

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White Wine Flight

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A Delicious Morning:
Foamy Cup of Nespresso (love my Nespresso machine!)
and Pastry from my favorite bakery

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Summer Fun
What’s Summer in New England without Seafood & Grilling?

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Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far!  I’m trying to get the most use of this weather and sun, while eating and cooking up a storm.  Cheers to more of that! 🙂

Metamorphosis in Cookie Form

oatmeal raisin cookie 2Making Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I had an urge to bake and have been wanting to make oatmeal raisin cookies for a while.  It’s something sweet, but I can feel like I’m being somewhat healthy with the raisins and oatmeal…even though there’s plenty of butter and sugar (what makes it so good and crispy!).  This recipe has a good amount of rolled oats so you can consider eating a few of these as being part of your nutritional intake 😉 .

I found this recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies  (my edited version at the end of this post) after an internet search and came upon the Smitten Kitchen food blog by Deb Perelman.  The photos and write up persuaded my stomach into trying out her recipe, titled by her as ‘thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies’.  They certainly are thick from the amount of oats and come with a little bit of chew because of that (due to using rolled oats rather than instant oats?).

The above picture is of the ingredients.  As I gathered it together and started mixing, I realized I should take a photograph of the ingredients before the final product.  I enjoy photo set-ups with ingredients of foods (like Simply Scratch’s lovely visual) before it comes together to create something new.  It’s like seeing a “before” and “after” shot; it gives you a chance to take a peek into what makes the dish when all the ingredients aren’t so obvious.  [Though, you don’t see everything in my picture like salt, plus I added powdered ginger to the recipe.]

I made two batches of the recipe so it does look like a lot.  It probably made about 5 dozen of small, but thick, one and half – two inch cookies.  Below are mine cooling off straight out of the oven.  Hard not to resist the urge to immediately bite one of these… but it is steaming hot so that certainly is convincing enough not to 😛 .  Amazing how a pile of flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and different add-ins and flavorings become the below sweet treat…!  What a metamorphosis!!  Seeing the visual of the end product is a proud moment, knowing I had I hand in creating it.  I always look forward to seeing what emerges as the finished product; whether it turns out as I envisioned or surprises me.  It’s all part of the fun.

Cooking is fun in that way.  Separate ingredients can certainly be visually interesting on its own, but when combined together wonderful and tasty things can happen (…plus science with its chemical changes and such…sure).  And my taste buds and stomach are certainly thankful!  I enjoyed these oatmeal raisin cookies, and so did some of my loved ones.

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oatmeal cookies - cooling 2There’s a nice shimmer to these cookies due to being rolled in sugar. It makes a nice crust!

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
an edited version of Smitten Kitchen’s thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies;
measurements are for a double batch

1) 1 cup (2 stick or 230 grams) butter, softened
2) 1 cup (250 grams) light brown sugar
3) 2 large eggs
4) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5) 1 cup (190 grams) all-purpose flour
6) 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
7) 1/2 cup of garbanzo bean flour
8) 1 teaspoon baking soda
9) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
10) 1 teaspoon ground ginger
11) 1/2 teaspoon table salt
12) 3 cups (240 grams) rolled oats
13) 1 1/2 cup (240 grams) raisins

  • optional: 1/2 cup of white sugar to roll cookie batter in

Cream first two ingredients together until butter + sugar combo are fluffy.  Add next two ingredients until thoroughly incorporated.  Separately, sift or whisk together dry ingredients (#5 – #11).  Lightly mix dry ingredients into the butter mixture until just barely incorporated (it’s okay to have some lumps and streaks).  Stir in oats and raisins.

Best to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for cookie batter to be easier to scoop and portion out.  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Space cookies out about one to two inches apart (they don’t spread very much but should have enough room to get nice and crispy).  I portioned out cookies about one inch in size and popped them in the freezer for a few minutes before baking so the butter would be good and cold before baking.

[Also, I tested out a few cookies and found it didn’t quite have the amount of sweetness I liked.  For the subsequent cookies I rolled them in the optional sugar after portioning them out.  Of course, you could always add a little more into the beginning of the recipe, but I liked the added crunch the baked sugar provided to the cookie crust.  😀 ]

Happy eats!