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Posted in Cookies by user72521 on March 10, 2009

Very nice weekend in Atlanta. I kicked it off Friday night by cooking up a big batch of black bean chili using the recipe from the Grit Cookbook (http://thegrit.com). This really is a good cookbook, vegetarian or not.  I froze most of the chili, save a bit I’m gonna eat this week. The house smelled like cumin and chili powder for the next day or so. Mmmmm. I wonder if the rock can smell what I’m cooking.

Peppers, celery, onion, and more peppers for the chili

Peppers, celery, onion, and more peppers for the chili

Saturday started off foggy but that burned off by noon or so.  I popped into Urban Outfitters for a minute. They do not get a whole lot of my business but it’s fun to browse. I perused the book table and amogst the books on graffiti and weed, I spotted a cookbook from Baked, a bakery in New York (http://bakednyc.com/) . I actually have a recipe from there printed out and ready to go in my oven. I turned the book over and saw it was clearance. “$9.97” Good enough for me! I went to the register to pay and to my delight, it was half off of that. new cookbook for 5 bucks! Then I took it home and drooled all over the pictures.

I had set out that morning to stalk g.s. cookies, as no one sold any at my office. I finally spotted a stand at the CVS on N. Druid Hills so I busted a U turn and hurried into the parking lot. Got my 8 boxes of samoas and set off to find tagalongs. Scored 4 boxes of tagalongs at the next stop and 2 boxes of dulce de leche, which are alright I guess. I probably wouldn’t order them again. Omnomnomnomnomnom. Also worked on the sisyphean task of replacing my fence. I’m about a quarter of the way through the one side and I noticed another side starting to sag / fall apart. It never ends.

Why I'm replacing....

Getting there

Getting there

I met some friends over at Felinnis for dinner and decided they needed some cookies. I whipped up a batch of sugar and gingerbread swirl cookies to take them.  Ok, “whipped up” is not true, I made the dough a while ago and it’s been in the freezer but I decided on Friday night to liberate it. Cookies were good, 4 noms out of 5, in my opinion. Maverick ate about 5 after dinner so I guess she liked them. I did see a bunny in my yard when I pulled in the driveway later. Weird.

Gingerbread Sugar Cookie. Omnomnomnomnom

Gingerbread Sugar Cookie. Omnomnomnomnom

Sunday was another gorgeous day – took Mr. Bird hiking around Stone Mountain. Sunday’s are perfect Big Green Egg days (really, every day is…) I loaded it up with turkey sausage  and chicken breasts for my jambalaya. I also searched my ipod for “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams but I didn’t have it which was dissapointing. So, I sang it acapella to the cat and the dog and they (rudely) left the room.  Incidentally, I saw that Hank III just put a new album out.  I saw him in concert a while ago, he plays his country band for the first half and then after a short break, comes back out with his punk band, Assjack. That’s what I call a two-fer. Anyways, I pulled the jambalaya recipe from the Joy of Cooking but decided to “clean it up” a little. I used brown rice for the white and turkey sausage (Hot!) for the andouille. It was nomnomlicious. Also cooked up some cauliflower. I have never really cooked cauliflower and don’t know if I will again. It smells like cabbage. Let me give my biased opinion on hot sauce too – The regular tabasco is ok, I don’t care for the green, but the chipotle and the garlic – omnomnomnomnom. Buy it if you like the hot sauces…

I finished the oatmeal cream pies tonight. OMNOMNOMNOMNOM. 5 noms out of 5. I might even give it 6 noms out of 5 because I made the Nom scale up anyways. I ate one bite of one and thought “holy $%!* omnomonomnomnom” and gobbled the rest of the pie. Then 3 minutes later I got a fantastic sugar high and was about to fall asleep in the kitchen standing up as I crashed.  I ended up only eating half my quesadilla for dinner. Also had a few bites of the chili. 4 noms out of 5. Not as good as the Grit’s. Here’s the recipe for the Oatmeal Cream Pie, I grabbed this From  noshwithme.com:

Cookie Ingredients
1 cup margarine
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups quick oats

Cream Filling Ingredients
2 teaspoons very hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
1/2 cup shortening
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation

  1. In large bowl, cream margarine, sugars, molasses, vanilla, and eggs.
  2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. Add to the creamed mixture; mix in the oats.
  4. Drop dough by TBS on ungreased sheets. (I used a small cookie scoop.)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes,or until just starting to brown around the edges.
  7. They will look moist; don’t overcook.
  8. While the cookies bake prepare the filling.
  9. In small bowl, dissolve the salt in the hot water.
  10. Allow this to cool.
  11. Combine marshmallow cream, shortning, powdered sugar, and vanilla in med bowl; mix on hi until fluffy.
  12. Add the cooled salt water and mix well.
  13. Spread filling on flat side of one cookie, press 2nd cookie on top.

Recipe from Recipe Zaar.

So good. OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

So good. OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

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Cookies and Pork omnomnomnom

Posted in Cookies, Pork by user72521 on February 24, 2009

Hi! Welcome. This is my little blog on cooking and eating and some more eating. I think I’m starting to come out of the winter slump. I have been grilling and baking up a storm lately. Last night I made Home Made Girl Scout Cookies – Samoas (my personal favorites), Thin Mints and Tagalongs.

I didn't get a chance to snap pics pre baked and coconut caramel goodness

I didn't get a chance to snap pics pre baked and coconut caramel goodness

In years past, I have ordered up to 15 boxes of cookies but this year no one sold to our office. I really really really love Samoas so making my own seemed like a pretty good deal. I have gone so far as to contact Little Brownie Bakers to try and buy direct but they just won’t do it. Something about fundraisers or some junk. Anyways, now I can have year round Samoas! They are really labor intensive so I think next time I’ll triple the batch and freeze them.

good looking cookie

The Thin mints turned out ok. I probably wouldn’t make them again. Same with the Tagalongs. There are too many cookies similar to Tagalongs and Thin Mints commercially available.

They were not as nice looking as the samoas and forget the thin mints as far as looks

They were not as nice looking as the samoas and forget the thin mints as far as looks

For dinner, I grilled pork tenderloins on my Big Green Egg (BGE) . I am a certifiable Egghead and I think this is something only other Eggheads truly understand. I grilled two tenderloins, one I marinated in bourbon, soy sauce and brown sugar. The other I rubbed with Dizzy Pig Dust, wrapped it up and let it marinate too. I grilled them both together but added a spicy bbq sauce to the dry rubbed tenderloin. I really liked both of them, they are completely different so difficult to compare. I threw some zucchini and onion in foil and steamed that on the grill as well.  Add that to my home made Greek salad and I had a good Sunday feast!

foil wrapped zucchini, bourbon pork tenderloin in the middle and dizzy pig dust rubbed tenderloin on the right

foil wrapped zucchini, bourbon pork tenderloin in the middle and dizzy pig dust rubbed tenderloin on the right

I covered the Dizzy Pig tenderloin in BBQ sauce before pulling off the grill

I covered the Dizzy Pig tenderloin in BBQ sauce before pulling off the grill

Pork with zucchini and onions and my homemade greek salad. OMNOMNOMNOM

Pork with zucchini and onions and my homemade greek salad. OMNOMNOMNOM

Overall, I’d grade the results as:

Samoas – A

Thin Mints -C+

Tagalongs – B-

Pork Tenderloin – A