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Monday, November 3rd, 2008

I promised some oatmeal-raisin to a co-worker tomorrow. I also wanted to make some cookies for Debbie, yard-lady-extraordinare, and her son, Jamison. I doubled one recipe to bake for my usual group too. Since I'm working from home on Wednesday, this will be the only day I can safely bake. Hopefully they will all enjoy the fare. It's a good night for baking. Cool and rainy. I can hear the rain tapping on the exhaust fan in the kitchen and on the deck too. It's a soothing sound.


18 Comments
nheinzel
Wow! Somebody's been busy!!
!   Monday, November 3, 2008
lgrant
The chocolate ones are double-decker too. There's another group under the top one. That's the great thing about the smaller size--makes it look like a lot more cookies and everyone enjoys the 2-bite size for ease of munching. No napkins or plates required. Now, if I can just remember to bring my containers home and not leave them on the bus. :)
LGrant   Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Leslie
I would enjoy another bus adventure story. That is a delicious display of cookies.
Leslie   Tuesday, November 4, 2008
lgrant
I hope I don't have a bus adventure for quite the same reason, Leslie, but I'll see if I can manage one for you. LOL
LGrant   Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Amber
I have a question LGrant....not about cookies...but do you know the world of pies??? I'm going to an early thanksgiving next weekend and somehow I thought I would make a pie...even though i've never made one before! Do you know of a pie recipe that I couldn't screw up? I would do apple, or pumpkin, or cheesecake or a combo of any of them...well any holiday type pie! If pies is not your thing, than please ingnore this...but if it is any help would be appreciated!!
Amber   Monday, November 10, 2008
lgrant
Pumpkin, apple, cheesecake. I have them all. My favorite pumpkin pie recipe is on the Libby's can. It's a great recipe. The only change I make is I double the spices. I like a pumpkin pie with some spice and I think the Libby's recipe is a little tame. It's a great recipe. And very easy. If you use the purchased frozen pie crusts even the deep dish isn't deep enough. Get two crusts and make two pies. Can't go wrong with pumpkin. If you want a really easy one that kids love as well as adults, I'll share the pumpkin gooey cake recipe I HAVE to make yearly--I dare not show up without it! I will be happy to share and nothing gets easier. You use canned pumpkin, some cream cheese and a cake mix. It's always WELL received!!

I have lots of apple pie recipes but maybe Betsy will share hers--I think she made one recently...or maybe Sarah S. (I can't remember but I think it was Betsy). I also have TONS of cheesecake recipes including a pumpkin one.
LGrant   Monday, November 10, 2008
Amber
ok so i'm going with the pumpkin! I'll go to the store and look for the Libby's can... what should I use for pie crusts?
Amber   Monday, November 10, 2008
lgrant
Your choice. Mrs. Smith makes a great frozen one that is in the pan ready to go. The Pillsbury ones in the frig case are good too--especially since they quit folding them and roll them (amazing how long that took to figure out!). Or go with a good crust recipe of your own if you like doing scratch. Shortening ones are the easiest to handle. Butter tastes better in my book but you really have to keep it cold to work right. Martha Stewart has a great one called pate brisee (sp?) that is a great butter recipe but temperamental. A shortening/butter combo gives you both workability and flavor. I saw one the other day on my favorite sites touted "never fail".

http://bakingbites.com/2005/04/cooking-school-classic-a...

Good recipe with the combo and good instructions and tips. Again, go for the easy and convenient or go for the scratch and see how you enjoy pie making. :) The filling is very easy and comes together fast so it's only the crust that is the time-element and skill-level.
LGrant   Monday, November 10, 2008
Amber
Ok soo... I feel stupid with how dumb my questions are going to get but I've got no baking experience! I looked up the Libby's recipe and do you double the amount of sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves? Secondly, is ground cloves just a spice I can find in a spice jar at the store?
Thanks!!
Amber   Wednesday, November 12, 2008
lgrant
Not dumb at all. Only double the spices if you like a spicy pie. If not, leave them as they are. So, just the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. If you aren't a big fan of cloves (it is a little strong) only do the cinnamon and/or ginger. Ginger has a little bite so again, if you don't like spicier pie, just double cinnamon. You would never want to double the sugar or salt. The sugar would take it out of balance and make it too sweet and the salt would make it too salty. Merrick and I both like a more deeply spiced pie so we double the spices. You can find ground cloves in the grocery with the other spices. Look for the smallest container you can find (there's usually a little plastic jar from McCormick's, I think) since you won't use a lot of cloves and the $$ would go to waste unless you like cloves like me and use it more. Any other questions, feel free to ask. I'm always glad to help!!
LGrant   Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Amber
I went to the store tonight and bought the cloves...when you said expensive I didnt even imagine THAT expensive! hehe I almost gave up on the recipe but decided it was worth it! You're just going to have to give me more recipes with cloves cause I definitely want to get the most out of those cloves!
Amber   Wednesday, November 12, 2008
mrsshoo
Yum. I love love love cloves. If you like apples/apple juice/apple cider, heat some apple juice/cider with cloves, stick cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg wrapped in cheesecloth. It makes a phenomenal spiced hot apple drink.
Sarah S.   Wednesday, November 12, 2008
lgrant
Amber, how do you feel about oatmeal-raisin cookies? I have a recipe that is pretty unique and uses cloves and everyone loves them--even people who aren't big on oatmeal-raisin cookies. Like I said--not cheap. :) If you like a mulled cider at Christmas, you could make one with some of the cloves but usually you use whole ones.

Sarah S., if we weren't so far apart in age I would swear we were twins! LOL Any woman who loves persimmon pudding AND cloves.. :) If you like oatmeal-raisin cookies...I have a recipe you will love! If you are one of the raisin haters, I'm sure you could use dried blueberries or something. I'd be worried dried cherries and cranberries would alter the perfection but I think dried blueberries (though pricier) would be ok for raisin haters.
LGrant   Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Amber
yes i love oatmeal raisin cookies...even though i've never made them...but i would try!
AND today is the big day.... the pie is in the oven right now...a few minor hiccups but hopefully it'll still be tasty!!
thanks!
Amber   Sunday, November 16, 2008
lgrant
I have hiccups all the time and still manage to have something work out. :) Can't wait to see the results!!
LGrant   Sunday, November 16, 2008
reera
Have you ever had Clove gum? My Grandma used to give it to me. Every once in awhile I will find it. Cloves are also good in a glaze for hams. I love the smell of cloves and oranges together.I think I am going to make some raisn/oatmeal cookies. Its turned cold and I am feeeling beter after beind down the thecrud for a whole week.
dannie   Sunday, November 16, 2008
lgrant
I love clove gum. I too find it occasionally and have to get a pack. It's not a taste for everyone but I love it.

Dannie, try this recipe if you like cloves--you won't be disappointed.

http://www.humzoo.com/lgrant/blog/23/
LGrant   Sunday, November 16, 2008
reera
Thanks, I put ground cloves on my shopping list for this afternoon. I'll let you know how it goes.
dannie   Sunday, November 16, 2008
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