Friday Fry #16

by Jeanne

Cookiemstr2 Sweet on Cookies   Cookie Monster is a daze at this time of year.  What with cookie swaps and cookie baskets how could he not be?  According to editor and writer, P.J. Hamel of The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, of those who bake at home 98% bake cookies.  The interview captures a short history and regional aspects to cookie consumption.  For example, molasses cookies are popular in the New England.  The number one question that King Arthur Flour receives?  ‘Why are my cookies burning on the bottom?"  {answer: old pan} Lots of tips, too.  The cookbook is going on my wish list.  For more cookies The Seattle Times Magazine offers a cookie swap.

Alton Brown on NPR   Chocolate mousse saves the day!  All Things Considered offers kitchen wisdom from Alton Brown.  Interviewer Jennifer Ludden talks with her grandmother, Marion Otte, about baking–sweet and solid baking tips.  Link has a picture of Alton Brown as a young boy baking.  CUTE! The series, with Alton Brown, archived online, takes the mystery out of pie and cake- making. Recipes include Chocolate Pound Cake, Pie Dough and Chocolate Mousse.

Drugstore Shopping   I’ve often wondered who heads out to the drugstore for non-drugstore related items.  I think they’ve become the last minute catch all for Americans.  Late night errands of nylons, half and half and Brach’s candy cravings.  A recent article highlights the gap they and supermarkets are fillling for last minute holiday shoppers.  Deep in the article is this statistic from Sears which "found that 37 percent of the men it surveyed would rather bake cookies than spend the afternoon shopping in a crowded mall."  Where are these men who bake?!

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