Improvising a mix between recipes: Snickerdoodles + Almond Butter Spice.

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Some things I learned tonight:

1. There is nothing better than the smell of vanilla extract. 

2. Don’t be afraid to improvise with baking, it is just cookies after all. And I’m pretty sure I just discovered a new secret ingredient to making cookies light and fluffy… (it’s adding a tablespoon of yogurt!)   

3. Cautiously move forward and taste test along the way to help make the final product better.

4. My oven doesn’t work properly with the heat settings.

5. When the recipe says only make the dough balls 1 inch wide because they will expand…. trust the recipe and don’t make them larger.

6. Julia Child was right: “With enough butter, anything is good.”

7. Raw cookie dough batter is 100% better than the final baked version.

8. Loud pop music helps the dough and energy of the room rise.

9. If you’re wearing glasses … keep your face away from the oven door when you first open it.

10. Put the dough in the fridge to chill in between cooking separate batches.

The two recipes I referenced to create my own:

1. Snickerdoodles

2. Almond Spice Cookies

Happy Monday! And get creatively baking! 

To-To-Tofu.

To-To-Tofu.

Over the years, tofu has gotten a bad reputation of being only for vegetarians, tasting bland, and being unpleasantly chewy. There are too many loud voices against tofu, and not enough proponents willing to clear the bad reputation. I believe the product itself is not the problem; tofu just needs a new marketing strategy. You can do pretty much anything to tofu: grill it, poach it, scramble it, stir-fry it, simmer it in a curry, or make it into burgers. When prepared properly, tofu can be a wonderful addition to any dish. Plus, it has high protein content that adds health benefits to all. The bad reputation comes from unawareness and apprehension to explore tofu as an ingredient in meals; thus, we need to start a conversation in order to re-brand tofu. Help end the pre-determined discrimination against tofu by giving it another proper taste before completely writing it off.