Saturday, September 26, 2009

Where to begin?

Now that I have a couple of recipes under my belt, I think I need to figure out how to go about this in some sort of organized way.  My Grandma does have some organization to each box, for example, the box I am looking at now has pies, preserves, rolls, salads, sandwiches, sauces, soups, and vegetables sections (very 1st grade teacher appropriate).  So I think I am getting the flow, but wait...the next section after vegetables is pancakes; waffles.  OK, now why wouldn't she put pancakes & waffles before pies?  And it get's even crazier, after that she has the chicken dishes section, oh,  and now I see the pickle section, yep, an entire section dedicated to pickles (I'll save that one for later).  I don't even know where to begin.  I think I'll just start cooking based on what my taste tester (he has informed me he would like to be known as "Bubba" in this process ) is hungry for. I am thinking this approach will lead to higher ratings so it's just fine with me. So here's a good one to tackle on a Saturday morning, Oatmeal Cookies. Once again I found multiple recipe cards for the same recipe.  I think she has multiples because even she was confused about the organization of her recipe box.

Oatmeal Cookies
3 c. rolled oats                                5 tsp. milk
3 c. flour                                        1 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. sugar                                       1 c. raisins
2 tsp. soda                                     1 c. nuts
2 eggs                                           1 c. melted butter
Dissolve soda in milk.  Beat eggs separately adding yolks to milk. Mix flour, oatmeal and sugar.  Drop by spoonfuls or roll in small balls and place far apart in tins. Bake in moderate oven.

As you look at this recipe, you will see there are probably some details missing.  At least I thought so.  Today's recipes usually provide step by step instructions which makes it easier for any of us to turn out a decent dish.  Well, I had to leverage some of my experience to pull this one together, so let me tell you a little about the details I used.  I beat the eggs, added the sugar and mixed on a high speed for about 30 seconds.  Then I added the milk and soda mixture.  Then I added the cinnamon and melted butter, mixed this together,  added the flour, oatmeal, nuts and raisins. I also added about a tsp. of salt since I used unsalted butter.  I set the oven at 350 degrees and cooked them for about 8 minutes.  As you can see, the cookies are somewhat large (about 6 cookies to the cookie sheet).   Bubba was on his way to the airport to pick up some recruits so I got his rating on the way out the door (with a cookie in his mouth). He gave them an 8+ (at least we kind of stayed to the rating scale this time). This recipe is quite different from the one on the Quaker Oat box.  I think I like this one better and agree with Bubba's rating.

1 comment:

  1. This is a GREAT idea and Bubba is one lucky guy to be the taste tester. I have enjoyed reading your posts so far and look forward to following your progress.
    Your friend in WY,


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