Cold, crisp wind blowing leaves about calls for cookies hot from the oven. As a child, I loved chocolate chip cookies, but now they are kind of boring, simple. I prefer to throw in extra goodies to please my taste buds.
Recipe of the Week: Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 c. Butter Flavor Crisco
1-1/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbs. milk
1 tbs. vanilla
1-3/4 c. unbleached, all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1-1/4 c. Hersey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips
1 c. pecan pieces
1/2 c. shredded coconut
Directions: Heat oven to 375 F.
1. Cream Crisco, sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Blend until creamy.
2. Slightly beat egg and blend into mixture.
3. In another bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Add gradually to creamy mixture.
4. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
5. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.
6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11-13 minutes for crisp cookies. If you have another baking sheet, repeat the process.
7. Remove the cookies from oven and cool on a rack. Transfer them to waxed paper and clean baking sheet for more cookies.
8. As soon as you sample one or two, store in your usual cookie jar or other container.
Thought of the Week: During our recent road trip, I was reminded of how plentiful the rivers east of the Mississippi were. Which is why the land is so verdant/soil-rich and the trees so tall, varied, and abundant. Except for the Brazos, which flows directly into the Gulf of Mexico, the major rivers and their tributaries we crossed in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas flow, directly and indirectly, into the Mississippi, which in turn flows into the Gult of Mexico. It’s fascinating.
Why we have not constructed a national pipeline to better distribute/divert rain water and avoid flooding is beyond me? Talk about creating jobs! Pipe manufacturers, contractors, pipeline installers, power station builders, power station monitors, pipeline maintenance workers, truckers, etc. would be kept busy for years. However, no one company or corporation could be given the majority of the pipeline construction/installation. So that many would benefit, bidding would be by city, county, and state entities…Okay, city councils, county commissioners, state legislatures get to it! Start revving up this pathetic economy and get people back to work. If we can build an oil pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48, there is no reason a water pipeline could not be implemented, especially when water is such a crucial resource, as well as the creator of such costly devastation.