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Old 03-30-2015, 07:10 PM
rjk rjk is offline
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: At Zyada's beck and call!
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Years ago, our department had their annual meeting, and one of the managers decided we should have a chocolate-chip cookie contest. I of course mailed back "Do they have to be chocolate chip? Do they even have to be cookies?" I ended up making oatmeal cookies, more or less according to what I found in a book of Doukhobor and Quaker recipes. I didn't have shortening so I used butter (softer texture, but I knew that), and figured that brown sugar has more flavor. Then I had no walnuts or raisins, so I used slivered almonds with some crystallized ginger and enough candied peel to make up the amount. Damn, they were good! I still make them, and sometimes get asked for the recipe. (Last time I also made half a batch, and they're gone. Oh, well.)

More recently (just last week) Zyada and I made some slow-cooker pulled pork that turned out pretty well. The rub recipe was too sweet, but ended up mostly in the drippings, and the meat was great.
Bob the Random Expert
Bon vivant by day, cheesemonger by night!