BAKING AND MISTAKING
Okay, So here is a old – timey cookie I ‘ll bet you don’t see much any more.
Gramma would only make these at Christmas and of course I didn’t pay attention how to make them or the recipe because I was a little kid and all I could think about was when are they going to be done and when do I get to eat them.
The whole house would smell so good when they were baking and then with a cold class of milk, these cookies , fresh from the oven , it was a Christmas present with each and every bite.
Hey ! Remembering that , let me remember to tell you that if you have a loved one in your family that makes a special food that everyone loves and they make it all the time and you have no idea how to make it ……write down the recipe and keep it safe.
Even if it’s not the exactly the same and not quite as good , at least you will have a place to start when you want to make that food in the future.
Now the way I cook , with a little of this , and a pinch of that , and just a bit more of those , it’s not an exact science but it works because I have been making it for so long and I just know , a lot of folks cook like that.
Baking on the other hand has to be pretty exact for it to turn out right. So get in the kitchen and help Gramma or Grampa and pay attention , you just might learn something. AND WRITE IT DOWN !!!!
1 Cup ( 2 sticks ) butter
2 1/4 cups light brown sugar – packed
3 TBSP all – purpose flour
1 TSP salt
1 egg – lightly beaten
SPEAKING OF WHICH …………….. WHY WOULD YOU BUY IMITATION ANYTHING ????
Speaking of vanilla : here is every thing you wanted to know about vanilla but were afraid to ask !
Vanilla is a flavoring derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla , primarily from the Mexican species, flat-leaved vanilla (V. planifolia). The word vanilla, derived from the diminutive of the Spanish word vaina (vaina itself meaning sheath or pod), is translated simply as “little pod”
The vanilla pod is frequently referred to as the bean. The pods are picked when they are still not ripe, and then plunged into hot water and laid out to dry for anywhere from two to six months.
Vanilla can only grow 10 to 20 degrees north and south of the equator
Vanilla is the second most expensive spice , after saffron.
And like saffron, vanilla is very labor intensive to produce. In order for vanilla orchids to produce pods (commonly referred to as beans), the plant must be pollinated by hummingbirds or a specific species of bees native to Central America. Furthermore, the flowers are only open for a short period of time. In order to harvest vanilla commercially, therefore, the plants must be hand-pollinated.
And it is a little known fact , that :
The Totonac people, who inhabit the East Coast of Mexico in the present-day state of Veracruz , were the first to cultivate vanilla.
According to Totonac mythology, the tropical orchid was born when Princess Xanat, forbidden by her father from marrying a mortal, fled to the forest with her lover. The lovers were captured and beheaded. Where their blood touched the ground, the vine of the tropical orchid grew.
In the 15th century, Aztecs invading from the central highlands of Mexico conquered the Totonacs, and soon developed a taste for the vanilla pods. They named the fruit tlilxochitl, or “black flower”, after the matured fruit, which shrivels and turns black shortly after it is picked. Subjugated by the Aztecs, the Totonacs paid tribute by sending vanilla fruit to the Aztec capital, Tenochitlan .
Back in Mexico , The Aztecs didn’t think so much of him for stealing their chocolate drink and all of their gold. Made them real mad . So mad , they went to war with him and the great Montezuma , their king and leader , got hit in the head with a rock. He died.
This is VANILLA to all my scientist friends and those of you that paid attention in Chemistry class
and if you want to make your own : go here
BACK TO THE COOKIES ……………
Preheat oven to 375′
Heat butter and brown sugar in a 3 – quart saucepan over medium heat,
Get a wooden spoon its very helpful for a lot of things …. especially if you have kids.
Keep stirring until butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
Stir in oats , flour , salt , egg , and vanilla.
Drop cookie batter by the Teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie , because they are going to spread .
Bake for 5 – 7 minutes. Keep a close eye on them to prevent them from over baking. they should just e golden brown.
Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 30 seconds and then remove to cookie rack to cool completely
Try not to eat them all and
Store the rest in a air tight container.
Eat and Enjoy !