At Teah’s Christmas party last night she had all kinds of fancy foods and well I just ate the cookies so after being inspired I decided to bake cookies with Tyler today. I know I haven’t had a chance to test my cooking skills much so I figured I might as well learn now without someone seeing my blunders while it is just me and Tyler in the kitchen. I’ll try and remember to bring some into work tomorrow if anyone wants to risk trying my baking. I think they turned out pretty well and let me tell you Tyler definitely approved. The recipe below is from the back of Safeway’s chocolate chips.
Bake these luscious cookies just the way you like them – a few minutes less for soft, chewy centers, a few minutes longer for crisper cookies.
|1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
||2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
|1 cup packed golden brown sugar
||3/4 teaspoon baking soda
|2 large eggs
||3/4 teaspoon salt
|3 tablespoons milk or water
||1 11.5 oz. package Safeway Milk Chocolate Chips
|1 teaspoon vanilla extract
||1 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs, milk or water, and vanilla. Mix in flour, soda and salt until incorporated. Mix in milk chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons 1 1/2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes and remove to racks. Makes about 60 cookies. Recipies developed by cookbook author Mariene Sorosky Gray.
I left Portland, OR yesterday at 7am and drove for 10 hours straight through (stopped in Medford, OR for gas). I had a really good time seeing my family again. I was cleaning up the house but the computer was calling to me. It is going to be another busy day today so I had better get off this thing. I’m drinking the Stumptown Hollister Mountain Blend coffee this morning and man is that some good stuff. I scanned the labels of the coffee I got when I was there (Hair Bender and Hollister Mountain). I’ve said many times I don’t understand why so many people love Peet’s Coffee. Don’t get me wrong it is good stuff too but I’d take Starbucks over Peet’s any day. I also have to admit I have probably bought into the Starbucks marketing. I can be bought people. :) I tried Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend (see I buy into their little marketing campaigns) and I can’t say I would buy it again. There, that should stir the coffee pot and get people commenting! My favorite coffee places in order:
- Seattle’s Best
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Belmont and 34th, Stumptown Coffee
When we were eating at Market One yesterday Lana ordered some coffee which was actually really good. The waiter (who was really nice by the way) came up and even remarked “isn’t the coffee here sooooo good”? Then he started talking about how he only buys his beans from Peet’s Coffee because Starbucks uses low quality beans. I must disclose I am a Starbucks fan but also really like Tully’s coffee so when I heard my beloved Starbucks getting attacked I gotta admit it kinda irked me a little. I’ve been digging around the Internet this morning and found a few rants from others but I can’t find a site that supports his claim that Starbucks uses low quality (or Robusta) beans. I know there are probably lots of you reading this who have a favorite coffee joint. In Portland there is a place called Stumptown Coffee which is probably my all time favorite place to go for a cup of Joe. It is where all of the coffee snobs (not saying I’m probably not one of them too) go for their coffee fix in Portland. If you are ever in the area you have to go there. I have personally only been to the one downtown (picture of it above) which I liked because it is a “funky” place; oh and did I mention their coffee rocks? If you bring coffee back home with you, try the “Hair Bender”. What is your favorite and why?