Tuesday, September 7, 2010
So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.
After much hemming and hawing, I've decided that it's time to stop writing Recipe for Delicious. I can't tell you how much fun I've had over the past five months cooking, writing, and talking with you, but I've realized that I just can't keep it up for two reasons:
1. Starting today, I'm going to be a full-time bachelor-of-education student in addition to my job. While I'll still be cooking up a storm (we have to eat!), photography and writing time will now be homework time.
2. I'm kind of addicted to this blog and I'd like to spend more time doing other things. I'll still be reading your wonderful blogs--they're all bookmarked and a part of my morning web browsing--but I need to play outside more and get back to reading the shelves and shelves of books I've neglected.
One thing I'm really looking forward to is trying a few of the recipes I've found and invented in the last few months for the second time. We haven't had the same meal twice in ages! I've learned an incredible amount about cooking, baking, photography, networking, and writing. I know some of these skills will come in handy when I'm teaching high school. I'm already dreaming up ways to incorporate cooking and online publication into my classes. If you're a reader who's been thinking about starting your own blog, do it! It's so much fun and it's a great way to nurture your creativity and meet wonderful people who share your interests.
Thank you so much, readers, for your contributions to this blog through your comments, emails, and your own blogs where I found recipes and inspiration. Thank you to my family and friends who encouraged me to start this project. Thank you to my guinea pigs who ate the gourmet triumphs and the epic failures. Thank you Chris for doing so many dishes, taking pictures, sharing in my excitement, trying everything, and pretending that a big bowl of booze-soaked carrots is a balanced dinner.
I leave you with the recipe for my favourite cookies in the whole wide world. Enjoy.
Gramma's Chocolate Drop Cookies
½ cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp cocoa mixed with hot water to form a paste
2 cups flour
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F
Blend together butter, brown sugar, egg, and cocoa paste.
Sift in flour, baking soda, and baking powder
Blend in milk and vanilla.
Stir in nuts.
Bake at 350°F for about 12 minutes.
Cool and ice with white icing .
Gramma's white icing
A little butter
A little milk
A little vanilla
Some icing sugar
Combine. You'll know when it's ready.
Pairs nicely with gratitude, new chapters, and a cold glass of milk.