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Smoking Pork Butts


Category : barbeque, macaroni-n-cheese, pulled pork, smoking butts

Duke’s bbq is my favorite restaurant back home and one of the few things I actually crave. Last time I tried making pulled pork, I used a crock pot, and it came out well, but was super moist. Now that we’ve moved and have a grill, I decided it was time to try doing it a more old-fashioned way, smoking the pork shoulder. To celebrate the occassion and to help eat the massive amount of pork, I started inviting people over and just kept mentioning it to other. Somehow, we ended up with an unexpected party of about 18 people.

I went to the local butcher and got a nice 8.5 lb Boston Butt. The night before, I made a pretty typical spice rub and slathered it all over.

I sealed this puppy in some plastic wrap and let it sit overnight.

I’m lucky to have a job that let’s me work remotely, and since Wednesday is the unofficial day to work from home, I decided to do just that because I’d rather hog the communal grill all day on Wednesday rather than Sunday. So I woke up quite early and got the grill ready.

So I’ll go ahead and complain about our grill now, but I don’t really plan on using it much. The main reason is I swear it catches on fire too much because it hasn’t been cleaned in god knows how long. There’s just too much gunk at the bottom and cleaning off the grates is not enough. This meant I had to keep a close eye on it, so nothing would catch on fire for too long. I say too long because there were a few fires.

Once the meat caught on fire; however, I’ll take responsibility for this one as I was just starting out and forgot to turn the burner directly under the meat off. That one halted pretty quickly once I turned the burner off. However, the main problem was with the wood chips. I don’t know if anyone else has tried to smoke, especially on a gunky gas grill, but every once in a while the woodchips would stop just smoking and start burning.

The basic setup: keep the burners on the right on, put the woodchips that I had soaked in water on top of those burners in a throwaway aluminum pan, and put the meat over to the left so there was no direct heat under it.

Sometimes the smoking did work really well. To make sure it made it all the way over to the meat, I tried to cover a lot of the extra vents in the grill with tinfoil. I was also a little paranoid about it drying out, so I made a “mop.” Basically I took some cider vinegar and apple juice and slathered it on the meat generously every once in a while.

I debated just letting the woodchips burn, as I figured it wasn’t that big of a deal, but being my first time and trying not to get in trouble with the home-owners association, I decided to stay out there and watch it closely. Anytime the wood caught on fire, I’d throw some water on it so it didn’t get out of hand.

Overall it worked pretty well, and I tried to keep the temperature around 250 degrees while making sure to keep the fires under control. After about 5 hours of smoking, around 1 PM, the fire went out for no reason, and I gave up lighting it, so I wrapped it in tinfoil and moved the cooking in the oven. Coking in the oven’s a lot easier as I can just set it (at 275 degrees) and let it cook without worrying about fires.

I read so many different tutorials on how to smoke a pork shoulder, and I watched about 5 different videos on it. Everyone had a different opinion on when to take out the pork. Numbers ranged from 160 to 210. I decided to go for around 190-195, which seemed to be somewhere in the middle. After I took it out, I let it rest for about 2 hours while I waited for dinner time to arrive and to make the other dishes (macaroni and cheese, and cornbread).

When I took it out, it was falling apart, and I couldn’t even move it to another tray in one piece.

Apparently smoking it causes the outside to be black. I wanted it to be a little smokier and crunchier on the outside, but it still turned out really well–perfectly moist. The crockpot one was too juicy; this one was much better.

For the sauce, I obviously used the Duke’s bbq sauce, which is my idea of heaven in a bottle, but also I decided to make a Mojo sauce (basically citrus + garlic).

For the sides, I made some cornbread, following Alton Brown’s recipe. It turned out decent. Personally I like the corn bread a little more moist and with some more flavor (maybe sweeter or with some jalapenos).

I also made some Mac and Cheese. I looked around for some recipes and settled on a Martha Stewart one that seemed to get great reviews.

Because more people were showing up than I originally planned, I multiplied the recipe by 50%. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough sharp cheddar, so I used some extra gruyere (recipe called for gruyere and sharp cheddar). Personally, I didn’t like the gruyere and adding more was a mistake. I should’ve just made sure to keep the ratios between the cheeses proportional. Other, more hardcore mac-n-cheese fans, seemed to like the dish, though. Rather than make my own breadcrumbs, I decided to use panko breadcrumbs. This turned out well, but I think I’ll add some butter next time to make sure they get nice and brown on top.

Overall the party turned out really well. Because I only made 3 dishes it was a relatively easy dinner even though we were serving 18. It’s a lot easier just making 3 big dishes.

Also, I was shocked at how close I was to estimating everyone’s appetite. There was just a really small amount of food left. However, I decided to make some pulled pork because I was just really in the mood for some. Pulled pork always seems to freeze really well, and I was looking forward to leftovers. Sadly , I didn’t get any of those, but everyone had a good time and enjoyed the food, so I can’t complain too much.

The make-shift party ended up being a success. I guess it was kinda an unoffical housewarming party, just with less people and a dirtier house :-) I’m still waiting to throw a real housewarming party, as I didn’t invite everyone, but I need to cleanup some more and hopefully get a pot rack to clear up some kitchen space. I’m also not really sure what to do for the party (just h’oure d’oeuvres perhaps or perhaps a Beaufort boil). If anyone has suggestions, let me know. Also, if anyone’s smoked a pork butt before and has some pointers for some of my problems, throw a comment at me.

Typical Dinner

Category : chicken, rice-a-roni, veggies

So as we’re getting back into cooking around the new apartment, I’m back to cooking a pretty typical dinner for me. Basically it consists of chicken, rice, and some veggies. We’ve been in a smoothie kick of late and had some yogurt lying around, so I decided to try to make yogurt chicken. It’s essentially breaded chicken, but instead of a butter or egg wash, it uses yogurt with some lemon.

The recipe I used was http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Yogurt-Chicken/Detail.aspx . I then cooked some rice-a-roni and veggies with some butter and garlic salt. Everything turned out pretty well. I decided to cook the chicken on a cooling rack based on a commenter’s recommendation so it wouldn’t cook in any of the fat. The chicken came out well, but the rack was a bitch to clean. I let it soak for a while and tried my best. Sticking it in the dishwasher seemed to do the trick and get everything out.

Double Chocolate Cake

Category : chocoolate cake

I was cleaning out some photos, and I found some from a really delicious cake I made. This was for my 1 year anniversary at Adobe (woohoo!). After making red velvet cakes and cupcakes, I decided to go with something much more typical, so I looked for a particularly sinful recipe, which I found from epicurious: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/DOUBLE-CHOCOLATE-LAYER-CAKE-101275

Here are all the ingredients in the recipe. I stole some coffee from work that day since I’m way too lazy to make my own. One thing I did find out when I made this was just how expensive the ingredients are, especially the chocolate.

Here are the two layers after baking. The recipe called for 10 inch pans, but unfortunately, all I have are 9 inch pans. These puppies barely fit and one spilled over just a teensy bit. I haven’t made many layer cakes, but I’ve found they never come out perfectly circular and the top is always bigger than the bottom, so I end up doing some trimming (and still have a somewhat lopsided cake).

Unfortunately, this is where the photos stop. The end result was amazing. I recommend refrigerating the icing before trying to ice the cake because mien end up dripping a little bit. It still covered everything and stayed put, but there ended up being some extra goop down at the bottom.

Grilling 101


Category : grilling, hamburger, jerk chicken, steak

So two months have passed, and I haven’t blogged here. I’ll try to do better :-)

I’ve noticed I motivated a friend of mine to start blogging about food, but from the look of his blog he actually knows what he’s talking about. He’s doing a much better job posting than I am as well. Check out HungryKyle.

One of my excuses is that I moved to a new apartment near Alamo Square (near the Full House houses). Once we get a pot rack, and I get some stuff for my room, like a bookshelf, I’ll take some pics and post them up(so like 2 more months).

So I’ve got no photos about food, but I do want to tell some things I’ve learned about cooking.

So I really love a good steak. I’ve been to a few expensive restaurants, and the only one I’d really consider going back to is Bobo’s steakhouse because it was probably the best steak I’ve ever had. I’m sure I’ll go back and realize it was a fluke experience, but for now, I consider it the best steakhouse in the SF.

I had been bummed before about being in an apartment and having to cook steaks inside, but I started cooking and experimenting with different ways to do it, and now, I can honestly say I like cooking them indoors more than outdoors (and we have a communal grill at our new apartment). I watched Alton Brown cook steaks inside once, and after trying his method, I’ll never go back to anything else.

I like a good, peppery and well seasoned steak, so what I do is brush the steaks in a little vegetable oil, and then I use a generous amount of Montreal Steak seasoning (kosher salt and black pepper works as well). I put a cast iron (really needs to be cast iron as regular stainless steel doesn’t seem to work as well) in the oven for about 15-20 minutes at 500 degrees (or however hot the oven goes…mine goes to 550). Then I take it out and put it on the stove at high. I throw the steaks on for about 1 minute each side, and then I put it in the oven and cook for about 2 minutes each side for medium rare. You gotta let it rest for about 10 minutes after that. I always know how long to cook the steak when doing it indoors, and they come out absolutely perfect.

I also learned how to make an amazing hamburger this weekend because I did a little more research online. Key things I really didn’t know: you need about 20% fat for hamburger meat, and you don’t want to squeeze the meat hard…you want to make the patty light and fluffy.

So I went to costco and got 12 lb’s of beef. The problem was it was only 12% fat, so I threw in some butter to get it more moist and juicy. A few hours before cooking, I tossed in some garlic salt and some worstershire sauce. I was afraid the garlic salt would dry out the meat, but I didn’t want to have to mix them at the bbq. It ended up being perfectly fine, but I’m not sure if it’s really recommended to salt a lot before cooking meat. Anyways, the other thing about hamburgers is you should only flip them once, or they might fall apart on the grill, especially since the patties aren’t particularly dense. It takes only about 4 or 5 minutes on each side to cook them.

The burgers came out absolutely perfect. Inbae had some spinach and grilled onions with balsamic vinegar. He also made some homemade bbq sauce, but what I really loved on the burger was some garlic aioli sauce I made. Garlic aioli is essentially garlic mayo, and it’s absolutely delicious. The recipe I followed was one from Emeril. I didn’t really like the way it came out initially (I realized after the fact that our olive oil might actually be going rancid because it’s gotten too much sunlight). To doctor it up, I threw in some dijon mustard, extra lemon juice, some cayenne pepper, and some garlic powder. Our kitchen wreaked of garlic, but the sauce was delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone ask for the recipe for a hamburger before, and this time atleast 3 people asked me how I did it. Christine even asked for some extra raw meat and sauce to take home, so she could make it herself.

One problem I’ve had at bbq’s before was when I tried making chicken, I felt the marinade made the chicken juicy but didn’t add much flavor. However, Inbae made jerk chicken, and I think it was the right move. He used a recipe I sent him off of epicurious, which is one of my favorite food websites because their recipes are top-notch. Anyways, the chicken was probably the best grilled chicken I’ve had in a really, really long time. The food at the bbq this weekend was just all-around fantastic.

Anyways, I hope to start taking more photos of the food, and I’ll try to post here a little more frequently :)

Cinco De Mayo: Mexican Hot Dogs

Category : garlic mashed potatoes, hot dogs, mexican hot dogs

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo (yes I’m way behind on posts, but this one actually catches me up…so now it’s time to cook more), I had some people over to eat some mexican hot dogs. What are mexican hot dogs? Well, I thought it might only be a San Francisco thing, but googling mexican hot dogs does indeed seem to bring up the same food. Basically it’s your typical hot dog wrapped in bacon. To complement the dish, I also made some stuffed potatoes. Since we’re already using bacon, I decided to go for a ranch based potato recipe.

To bake the spuds a little quicker, we can use the microwave to help us out. In order to stick it in the microwave, make sure the puncture holes in the potatoes, otherwise I’m told they might explode.

For both the potatoes and the hot dogs, we’re going to need some sauteed onions.

My eyes were feeling particularly sensitive that day, and I had to walk away 3 times while cutting these.

Now after 15 minutes in the microwave, put them in the oven for 15 minutes so they’re a little crispy.

In the meantime, we’ll saute the onions. Just having watched Paula Dean, I decided to go with the butter approach…and a pretty good amount.

Saute until a little translucent.

Take the potatoes out of the oven and chop off the top.

Take out all that starchy filling, being as careful as you can to leave the skin in-tact.

You can see I didn’t do the greatest job here as one of mine is a little sloppy.

Take the potato and mash it together. Even though the recipe didn’t call for it, I decided to add a little butter.

I also took some oil and coated the outside of the skins. Then I salted the skins with kosher salt.

I took some frozen broccoli, and since my friends don’t like veggies that much, I put less than the recommended amount.

With half of the sauteed onions from before.

The heart of this recipe is the ranch dressing. Because it requires half a cup, I decided to go with the fat free version. I should probably try to taste test the two, but the fat free seems to be good enough for me.

Mix it all together

And stuff them as high as you can. Anytime I stuff potatoes or mushrooms or anything else, I never know what to do with the leftover stuffing…

Anyways, put them in the oven for another 15 minutes or so.

The main ingredients for the mexican hot dogs: hot dogs and bacon. I really like the Hebrew national hot dogs, plus I’m supporting my own brethren. The motto always cracks me up to: “Hebrew Nationao. We Answer to a Higher Authority”

One slice of bacon seems to fit perfectly around the hot dog.

Then just stick them in the pan. No oil’s needed since bacon emits so much grease.

Anytime I deal with bacon, I’m usually disgusted with myself afterwards, and I make sure to pat it down with paper towels to get rid of some of the grease.

And here’s the final product:

The hot dogs were good. Not quite as good as a drunk mexican hot dog from the vendors in the Mission district, but what is? As for the potatoes, they were pretty good–a little bland IMO, but the others seemed to like them a lot.

Trip to Pittsburgh, Ebay’s Birthday Party


Category : Birthday Party, Inbae, Lil Smokies, Pittsburgh, Red Velvet Cake

I went to Pittsburgh for spring carnival. It was awesome going back, seeing everyone, and eating the food that I missed. I still hold that Korea Garden in Pittsburgh has some of the best Korean food in America. You’d think it’d be easy to find a replacement in SF, but I haven’t been able to so far.

Anyways, while we were there, it happened to be Inbae’s birthday. He’s becoming an old man (and acting like one too). He turned 25 (26 in Korean age), so Christine and Angela came up with the idea of making his cake a quarter. So I baked a red velvet cake. This was my first cake, and I took it out about 10 times to check to see if it was cooked through, but it came out really, really well. No one seemed to know what a red velvet cake was (I guess it’s a Southern thing) but everyone seemed to really like it, especially the frosting which was a mix of butter, cream cheese, and white chocolate. The recipe I used is here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Red-Velvet-Cake-IV/Detail.aspx

Angela decorating the cake…

So I made the cake and icing. Angela and Christine assembled the cake and put the icing onit. I was pretty incredulous of how it’d turn out, but after 2 hours of hard labor, I can say they did an awesome job with the cake. One mistake you can see above is putting on the candles before finishing the cake completely…juts silly.

As you can tell it looks awesome so far.

Last finishing touches. You can see all the attempted drawings of ebay’s big head on the paper.

Just awesome

Jay and Christine lighting all 25 candles.

Ebay’s so happy.

Drawn to actual proportion.

And ebay became even tastier…

Playing with his girlfriend’s hair???

The cake: so red, so delicious. Annlouise would be proud.

This is a really good party dish. It’s lil smokies and some secret sauce. If you don’t know the sauce, you’ll love the dish. If you do, you’ll question my sanity (recipe’s actually from my mom and who knows where she got it from). At any rate, I guarentee most people like it.

Basically you take a package of lil’ smokies. Put them in a bowl of water and into the microwave for about 4 minutes. Then drain the water to remove some of the excess fat. Now to make the sauce take about 1/2 a bottle of grape jelly and 1/3 a bottle of yellow mustard. Put it in a pan on medium high and cook for a few minutes. Put in the little smokies and adjust the sauce as you see fit.

I know the sauce sounds disgusting, but it’s really friggin’ good.

A pic of all the asian party goers.

Party was pretty sweet. I was in a rush, so I didn’t take pics of me making the cake, but if you’ve neve rmade one, the red velvet cake recipe I used is super simple, and it came out amazing. I’ll try to make some other cake soon and take some pics along the way.

Fried Chicken


Category : fried chicken

There are a few goals I have in life. One of them is to be able to cook good fried chicken.

The chicken pieces. For skinless chicken breasts, I always get the costco brand and just freeze it. I tried it for thighs and drumsticks, but the meat just looks a little too bloody, so I probably won’t get it anymore.

Decided to do a little marinade. I like fried chicken with a little spice, so besides the usual marinade of buttermilk, I looked up some dominican fried chicken recipes and decided to throw in some lime juice as well. Then of course garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and some korean pepper flakes.

Marinating away for about 24 hours.

For the egg wash, some eggs, baking soda, and baking powder. The baking soda/powder gives it a some fluff.

Some flour in a pan.

The seasonings I used: white pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. Just put it right in the flour.

Following America’s Test Kitchen’s advice, I used the double-dip approach: flour, egg, flour.

Need to roll it around and cover it fully.

Here’s the first batch.

Repeat with the rest.

Now for the part, I’m still struggling with. The only other time I tried making fried chicken, I used vegetable shortening, which is a little disgusting. Again, following America’s Test Kitchen, I decided to use peanut oil, which is a little harder to find in supermarkets.

Need to get it to about 375 to start.

Put the chicken in.

Me checking the temperature of the oil. I cooked it for about 10-15 minutes on each side. I think a big problem with cooking the chicken was that the temperature of the oil dropped significantly when I put the chicken in, and it took a while to get back up to 325/350 range.

Since I had to do it in batches, I put the finished ones in the oven on a very low heat, 200 degrees to keep it warm.

Along with the fried chicken, I made some mashed potatoes. Since I don’t really like anything bland, I put some horseradish and scallions in them.

I was a little paranoid, so some chicken came out a little overcooked. I’d like to blame this on the oil temperature, though. I’ve already purchased a cast iron so I can see if that helps for next time. It was relatively cheap, like $20.

And the people who have to put up with my cooking. I dunno why, but the photo just amuses me.

Making Soft Pretzels


Category : soft pretzels

So back when I was younger, I used to go through snack food phases. Once it was ice cream, another time popcorn, and one time it was soft pretzels. Not really healthy habits, but oh well. I decided I wanted to try baking more, and I heard pretzels are an easy start, so I went to allrecipes.com and looked up an easy recipe.

Here’s the outcome:

Start off with a packet of yeast, some brown sugar, and a little bit of salt.

Mix it together with some warm water.

Now add a few cups of all purpose unbleached flour and some bread flour.

Then knead it together for about 8 minutes until you get a nice smooth consistency.

Take out the vegetable oil and coat a bowl with it. Put the dough in there and make sure it’s coated in the oil before putting a lid on it.

This takes about 2 hours to rise. In the meantime, I mixed some warm water and baking soda. Before we put the pretzels in the oven, we’ll dip it in this mixture which will help it rise a little more.

This is the dough after 2 hours. It’s about twice as big.

I then split it into 12 pieces.

Working on the first half, I rolled them up.

And made my pretzel shape. At some point, I realized this isn’t the actual pretzel shape as I need a spiral in the center, but I realized that during my second batch.

Dip them in the baking soda mixture and then put them on the baking sheet.

Let them rest another 15 minutes so they’ll rise up.

And then put them in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.

And voila.

So I melted some butter to coat the pretzels with, and then I put the toppings on. For the toppings I decided to try kosher salt (not quite as big as the real pretzel salt), a mix of cinnamon and sugar, and some garlic salt (with some marinara sauce).

Overall the pretzels were quite good. One thing that bothered me a bit was that they were a little crunchy on the bottom. This was just because the bottom of the pan got hot, and I don’t really know what to do to solve this. Next time I think I’ll try making some thicker pretzels to see if that helps.

The best topping was the garlic salt and marinara sauce. I think the pretzels just made damn good bread sticks and weren’t as much of a soft pretzel as I hoped.

New York City Food


Category : new york

So I’m back from NYC, and it was awesome seeing all of my friends. It made me miss NYC because there’s just so much to do and so much good, cheap food to be had. It’s really awesome when you look on yelp and see multiple 4 star restaurants within a block or two of where you’re standing.

The places we went to eat were awesome. So delicious you can’t imagine. The halal food cart is just amazing…amazing. I did a slack ass job of taking photos, but here are some:

Chiedo and I took the free Staten Island ferry which offers great views of the NYC skyline, the statue of liberty, and ellis island. One weird thing is I got linked to by some other blog. I noticed this because I usually get like 2-3 visitors a day and then one day I got 50, and I was wondering why the hell this happened. The blog doesn’t really have his facts straight (I’ve been to NYC before and my list of things to do in NYC was in no-way ranked), but I’m flattered I got linked to. And he’s right about the staten island ferry — I think it’s a great tourist destination.

One of my friends, Jaun, took us to this place way back in the day. It’s a great Latino fried chicken place located in Harlem (157th and Broadway).

We brought some back for our gracious hosts, and they fought over the chicken like little kids.

Ummm…delicious. I plan on trying fried chicken again soon. maybe marinating in lime and some spices first. I just wish I could find a resonably sized container of peanut oil to use (not too big and not too small and expensive).

Another great place we went to is Lombardis. The waits a little long, but totally worth it. it’s awesome pizza.

This is one of Chiedo’s many failed attempts at trying to create a cool new profile picture for Facebook.

And a close-up of the real-deal.

All right, so it was a great trip overall. I got to hang out with a shit ton of friends from back in the day, and we had a good time.

I have some good stories about the halal food cart. The first night, we order, and I want both white and red sauce, but I’d never put it on myself (they’ve always done it for me at “my” place). So I decide to put equal amounts of white and red (and a lot of both). I go up to the guy to ask for a lid, and he gives me a crazy look. He asks me if I’ve ever had this hotsauce before. Well I have, but it’s been a while. I took a bite of this shit, and I was trying to suck in cold air the whole way home. When I got there I tried water, milk, and whatever I could get my hands on, but it didn’t help much. It was so delicious though, and I had trouble stopping. In the end, I only ate about half of it, and gave the rest to my Korean friend who finished it off without a drop of water….

The second night we go to halal food cart, as soon as we pull up there’s some gang fight going on. One guys getting beat up in the corner, people are holding others back, etc… It cools down for like a minute and all seems quiet and then all of a sudden this red SUV squeals up, and starts trying to run over the other people. They’re like running around trying to get out of the way. All the while the 30+ of us waiting in line are just standing there watching, chuckling a little (but really scared), wondering wtf is going on. The driver didn’t hit anyone and then sped off as the other people tried to chase him down. The security guards in the building are on the radio, wondering what’s going on outside. I assumed police would be there in a little bit, and I finally see a car show up, but all that happens is he skips the line, pays the man, and grabs his food…where are the police when some maniac is trying to runover people on the sidewalk?? Oh well. All in all, a pretty exciting night by the halal cart.

Anyways, NYC was awesome. Weather wasn’t fantastic, but I’m sure I’ll be going back.

New York City Cookies


Category : cookies, new york

I’m off to the big apple. Leaving tomorrow on a red-eye flight and arriving Thursday early in the morning. I’ll be there through the weekend and then go to my grandmother’s Monday and Tuesday before heading back to SFO. So if you live in NYC gimme a call so we can get together.

If you have suggestions of what to do in NYC, let me know. I’m mostly going to meet up with some friends and party a lot, but another friend from SF is coming with me, and he’s never been to NYC. The list so far is:

  • Staten Island Ferry
  • See Empire State Building
  • See WTC
  • Eat at Katz Deli
  • Eat at Lombardis
  • Get some Halal food
  • See little italy/chinatown
  • Eat at Daisy May BBQ (maybe)
  • See a Broadway Play (maybe)
  • Go to MOMA (maybe)

In planning to go to NYC, I decided to make some cookies–a lot of cookies. Over 100 in fact.

Perhaps this makes me a little crazy, I dunno. I stayed up till 2 am making them though. I brought some into work, but the majority are coming to NYC (hopefully they won’t get crushed on the trip).

What types did I make? Regular chocolate chip, chocolate chip with some white chocolate, peanut butter and chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin cookies.

What went in:

  • 7.5 cups of flour
  • 8 sticks of butter
  • 8 cups of sugar
  • 10 eggs
  • 4.5 cups of chocolate chips
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 1 jar of peanuts
  • 3 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1.5 cups of raisins

So if you’re in NYC, come get some cookies from me.

The oatmeal raisin cookies. It’s more fun to make big ones (and actually easier to cook).

Nice and big chocolate chip ones.

In total 8 plates of cookies….as I said, I’m a little crazy at times. Putting them on 8 plates helped them cool, but it also just screamed of excess, which is what I was going for.

And ready to be shipped. The stuff on the far right went to work. The rest will be in NYC.

Some lessons learned while cooking:

  • Peanut butter cookies are hard to bake. You need to make sure to undercook them (golden brown on only the sides). The first batch of peanut butter ones are a tad burned on the bottom.
  • Burning the bottoms of cookies can be helped a lot if you have a dark, thick baking sheet, and if you use the lower-middle and upper baking racks (flipping them half-way through). I need to go buy some better baking pans (only have 1 really good one).
  • Despite not eating many cookies, I have very little desire to eat any at this point after spending so long baking them.

Hopefully see you all in New York!