The Toll Of It All… by George Geary

Reasonably I don’t have too many pet peeves. Or at least I don’t think I do. When I do thou I voice it in my classes and presentations to see if I get a laugh out of it and if others feel the same way… This one is a keeper.

Toll House Cookies. Purchasing a 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips just to make a batch of the famous cookies. Bliss.. until you mix up a batch and start eating the raw creamy buttery chocolate dough.  I only yielded about 18 cookies! I looked on the package and the recipe states.. Makes 60 cookies. Sixty Cookies! Did I eat that much dough? The next time I made them, I didn’t eat any dough, not a smidgen.  I took the dough and cut it into 6 equal pieces. Then I took each of those pieces and cut those into 10. What I had was ten smaller than marble size cookies that were actually burned when I baked them for the exact timing that the recipe called for. I don’t think Mrs. Ruth Wakefield really intended us to eat cookies with only 2 chips in per cookie.

Here is the original recipe and yes it states the yield is 60!

Toll House Cookies

I really think it should say. Yield: 1 dozen plus dough eating.

When I am working on a recipe I am always making sure the yield will come out the same for you as it did for me. I would hate to have made a batch of muffins that supposedly yielded 24 and I only got 18. 

Here is a great cookie that I have put together.. They are moist and full of flavor. Browned Butter Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies. They yield 20 cookies, but if you eat any dough you will get 12!

Here is the recipe.. Enjoy!

Browned Butter Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Brandied Cherries! by George Geary

Last week when I was at the farmers market I almost bought a bag of cherries. Almost does not cut it! I had bought peaches to make jam and tomatoes that tasted unlike their distant relative from the supermarket. I got to thinking this morning that maybe I had time to pack some brandied cherries. After going to two farmers markets today I found some for $4 a pound.  After a few stops (Kitchenware store for an OXO cherry pitter), BevMo for Brandy.. supermarket for more jars and sugar.. I finally got the jars of Rainier Cherries jarred and ready for their 4 month in the dark.. Oh how I wish I had a root cellar!


If you would like to make my Brandied Cherries here is the recipe:

Brandied Cherries