Sunday, February 27, 2011

"Mom, I can I make gingersnaps?"

This was my trusty cookbook, and its pages are stained with flour, molasses, ginger, even crusty pieces of dough. It is torn, worn and well loved. Baking was so fun!

Ok, so by the third tray of cookies one became a bit tired of rolling little balls and pressing each with a sugar-dipped fork. The Clara Barton recipe made an enormous batch of cookies. But they sure were good. The key was to rescue them from the oven when they were about 95% cooked, and to let them finish baking right on the rack.

No, if I'm keeping it real I will tell you that I laid the cookies directly on the counter top. I will tell you, too, that at that point I had consumed so much of the batter that I could care less about tasting the cookies. Not to worry. There were lots of willing Samplers nearby. Gingersnaps. I could go for some now.


  1. I recently found my own childhood cookbook among Minka's recipes. Ants on a Log was one of my specialties: Cut celery into three inch pieces. Spread cream cheese on the celery. Press raisins into the cream cheese. Enjoy! The cookbook also had a section on manners and that is where I learned how to eat properly with a spoon (always scoop away from you to the far side of the bowl)and to set a table the right way. What treasures!

  2. "I can I make....?"
    I love that :-)
    My baking talent is waiting to be tapped. ;-)
    I don't have a clue on the wonders of baking!
    I have been experimenting on different dishes lately.
    (Well, that's because my new year's resolution was: if you don't love it, don't buy it.)
    I've been food shopping like crazy and cooking as if I'm throwing a party for 10!

    P.S. Oh, I am terrible at following cooking recipes :-(
    I don't know if 'I can I make' gingersnaps ever!